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Hyväksytyt on 07/07/2021
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ECO/548-EESC-2021-02011
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Jul 07, 2021 Jul 08, 2021

The Own Resources Decision (ORD) entered into force on 1 June, enabling the Commission to start borrowing resources for the Next Generation EU (NGEU) recovery instrument. For the EESC, a well-functioning funding strategy is key for the smooth implementation of NGEU. Sound and sustainable funding and solid risk management are in the very interests of civil society. Moreover, borrowing and debt management has to be based on democratic control, legitimacy and transparency.

The EESC stresses how important it is that the Commission manage the funding strategy directly and does not outsource this. The massive engagement on capital markets will be accompanied with a broad set of risks. The EESC supports the establishment of solid risk-management systems and the holding of the 'NGEU account' with the ECB.

ETSK:n lausunto: NextGenerationEU funding strategy

Hyväksytyt on 07/07/2021
Viite: 
INT/942-EESC-2021
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Jul 07, 2021 Jul 08, 2021

The Slovenian presidency of the Council of the EU has decided to request an EESC opinion on one of its priority topics linked to digitalisation. Artificial intelligence is regarded as the most important aspect in digitalisation. Particularly important are also the integration of advanced technologies into society and transition to a gigabit society. With the emerging technologies such as the AI and the data economy, the EU can recover rapidly and become the world’s leading digital society.

The EESC opinion should cover the following topics:

ETSK:n lausunto: Exploiting the economic and social opportunities of digitalisation and improving the digital transformation of the economy, especially the SMEs, focusing on human-centered artificial intelligence and data

Hyväksytyt on 07/07/2021
Viite: 
INT/934-EESC-2021-01368-00-00-AC-TRA
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Jul 07, 2021 Jul 08, 2021

The Commission proposal contributes to the creation of a "Europe fit for the digital age" that can make the most of the digital transition, in order to give citizens better opportunities to connect, communicate and facilitate professional and business activity in the single market. The Committee welcomes this draft European regulation and deems it necessary that the proposal at last aim to provide consumers with the same level of service and protection abroad as at home.

ETSK:n lausunto: Review of the Roaming Regulation

Hyväksytyt on 07/07/2021
Viite: 
INT/943-EESC-2021-02647
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Jul 07, 2021 Jul 08, 2021

Digital transformation begins with the trust of citizens and businesses. This exploratory opinion at the request of the Slovenian EU Presidency proposes the tools needed to build public trust in digital technologies and motivate people to participate in digital training.

ETSK:n lausunto: Upgrading inclusive, secure and trustworthy digitalisation for all

Hyväksytyt on 07/07/2021
Viite: 
SOC/680-EESC-2021
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Jul 07, 2021 Jul 08, 2021

The EESC welcomes the new EU Disability Rights Strategy, acknowledging that it is a clear step forward compared with the previous one. It is however concerned about the lack of binding measures and hard legislation implementing the Strategy.

Among other recommendations, the Committee regrets the lack of specific actions addressing the needs of women and girls with disabilities and calls for a specific flagship initiative in the second half of the period of the Strategy. It also calls for the  full involvement and participation of organisations of persons with disabilities in the proposed Disability Platform. As regarding the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), the EESC feels it  should be strongly linked to the Disability Strategy and used to help persons with disabilities recovering from the pandemic.

ETSK:n lausunto: Strategy on the rights of persons with disabilities

Hyväksytyt on 07/07/2021
Viite: 
INT/933-EESC-2021
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Jul 07, 2021 Jul 08, 2021

The communication presents a vision, targets and avenues for a successful digital transformation of Europe by 2030. It proposes to agree on a set of digital principles, to rapidly launch important multi-country projects, and to prepare a legislative proposal setting out a robust governance framework, to monitor progress – the Digital Compass.

ETSK:n lausunto: Europe’s Digital Decade: 2030 Digital Targets

Hyväksytyt on 07/07/2021
Viite: 
SOC/684-EESC-2021
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Jul 07, 2021 Jul 08, 2021

The EESC underlines the role of adult learning to help adults improve and acquire citizenship skills and to be more active in society. It considers that lifelong learning should become a lifestyle for all and a reality at the workplace, and calls on the Commission and the Member States to achieve and raise the target of 60% of adult learning participation per year. It recommends Member States to strengthen the policy, governance and funding to adult learning and ensure equal access to lifelong learning for all adults. Better access to guidance and counselling is needed so that all adults are informed on lifelong learning possibilities. Companies, together with trade unions, should be involved as much as possible in establishing strategies for skills development for the digital and green transitions of industries.

ETSK:n lausunto: Adult learning

Hyväksytyt on 07/07/2021
Viite: 
CCMI/179-EESC-2021
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Jul 07, 2021 Jul 08, 2021

On 22 February 2021, the European Commission (EC) presented an Action Plan on Synergies between civil, defence and space industries (COM(2021) 70 final) to further enhance Europe's technological edge and support its industrial base.

ETSK:n lausunto: Action Plan on synergies between civil, defence and space industries

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