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Hyväksytyt on 18/09/2020
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NAT/793-EESC-2020
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Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

The national provisions governing seed harvested and controlled in those countries afford the same assurances as the provisions applicable to seed harvested and controlled within the European Union as regards the seed's characteristics and the arrangements for :

  • its examination;
  • ensuring seed identification;
  • marking;
  • control.

Ukraine has submitted a request that its cereal seed is covered by Council Decision 2003/17/EC as equivalent.

ETSK:n lausunto: Seed equivalence - Ukraine

Hyväksytyt on 18/09/2020
Viite: 
INT/909-EESC-2020
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Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

The EESC believes that the Communication on Tourism and transport in 2020 and beyond should be a strategic policy tool for rethinking the EU sustainable model of tourism and transport and calls for a comprehensive package of measures.

 

ETSK:n lausunto: Tourism and transport in 2020 and beyond

Hyväksytyt on 18/09/2020
Viite: 
SOC/634-EESC-2020
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Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

In this own-initiative opinion, the EESC calls on the European Union to develop a coherent and uniform approach to protecting unaccompanied foreign minors in Europe. It urges the European Commission to draw up a Directive on the protection of unaccompanied minors that serves the best interests of the child. The principle of "the best interests of the child" should take precedence over all other national and international law. The EESC calls on the Member States to evaluate minority based on a body of evidence, consisting principally of the declarations by the person in question, civil status documents presented and interviews with the person. Given that bone tests are not really reliable, the EESC calls for them to simply be stopped.

ETSK:n lausunto: The protection of unaccompanied migrant minors in Europe (own-initiative opinion)

Hyväksytyt on 18/09/2020
Viite: 
INT/823-EESC-2017-01768
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Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

The Commission's decision to create a Digital Single Market (to remove virtual borders, boost digital connectivity, and make it easier for consumers to access cross-border online content) is therefore a welcome move. But what does it mean for SMEs in practice? How will this affect their day-to-day running? And, given the lessons learnt from previous rapid changes, how do we make an "inclusive" success of the Digital Single Market?

ETSK:n lausunto: The digital single market - trends and opportunities for SMEs (own-initiative opinion)

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Hyväksytyt on 16/09/2020
Viite: 
INT/898-EESC-2020
Täysistunto: 
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Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

Europe is embarking on a transition towards climate neutrality and digital leadership. European businesses can lead the way as we enter this new age, as they has done in the past.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are essential to Europe’s competitiveness and prosperity. Based on the new SME Strategy, the EU will support SMEs by:

  • encouraging innovation through new funding and digital innovation hubs as part of the sustainable and digital transitions;
  • cutting red tape by reducing barriers within the Single Market and opening up access to finance;
  • allowing better access to finance by setting up an SME Initial Public Offering Fund (with investments channelled through a new private-public fund) and the ESCALAR initiative (a mechanism to boost the size of venture capital funds and attract more private investment).

ETSK:n lausunto: SME strategy

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• Position paper "Strengthening SMEs: Way Forward to a Dedicated SME Strategy"

Hyväksytyt on 15/07/2020
Viite: 
INT/894-EESC-2020
Täysistunto: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

The EESC congratulates the Commission's for its strategy to encourage the uptake of AI technologies while also ensuring their compliance with European ethical norms, legal requirements and social values.

ETSK:n lausunto: White Paper on Artificial Intelligence

Hyväksytyt on 15/07/2020
Viite: 
SOC/633-EESC-2020
Täysistunto: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

In this opinion the EESC makes the following points:
1. The EU and Member States should ensure that the gender perspective is fully integrated in COVID-19 recovery measures.
2. Gender equality should be fully taken into account in the forthcoming Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027.
3. The Gender Equality Strategy should be coordinated involving all Member States, social partners and civil society organisations.
4. To put an end to the gender pay gap (16%), binding measures on gender pay transparency are unavoidable.
5. ... Read more

ETSK:n lausunto: Gender equality strategy

Hyväksytyt on 15/07/2020
Viite: 
NAT/784-EESC-2020-1431
Täysistunto: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

This EESC opinion will respond to the European Commission's proposal for a regulation on establishing a European Climate Law and it will look into the role of citizens in driving the transformation towards climate neutrality.

ETSK:n lausunto: European Climate Law

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EESC section opinion: European Climate Law

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