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Valmisteilla (updated on 14/07/2020)
Viite: 
ECO/523-EESC-2020-2020-02886
Täysistunto: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

The EESC strongly supports the Commission's proposal – Next Generation EU – as a specific tool for a quick and effective recovery.

The EESC takes a very positive view of the Commission's two main decisions:

  1. to introduce an extraordinary financial recovery instrument as part of the multiannual financial framework
  2. to raise common debt, which will be repaid over a long period of time, and prevent the extraordinary financial burden from falling directly on the Member States in the short run.

The EESC strongly welcomes the fact that the newly proposed instrument should be closely coordinated with the European Semester process, and furthermore welcomes the Commission's proposal to introduce additional genuine own resources based on different taxes (revenues from the EU Emissions Trading System, digital taxation, large companies' revenues).

ETSK:n lausunto: Recovery plan for Europe and the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027

Valmisteilla (updated on 20/05/2020)
Viite: 
INT/898-EESC
Täysistunto: 
554 -
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 17, 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).
Downloads: 

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

Valmisteilla (updated on 10/07/2020)
Viite: 
INT/897-EESC-2020
Täysistunto: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

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

Three drivers will transform our industry, support our small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and keep Europe sustainable and competitive.

ETSK:n jaoston lausunto: Industrial strategy

Valmisteilla (updated on 10/07/2020)
Viite: 
INT/903-EESC
Täysistunto: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020
Own-initiative opinion postponed to the autumn

The purpose of the opinion is to examine the extent to which existing EU company law currently serves as an "expedient" for the politically-desirable Green Deal and which gaps still need to be closed, in particular regarding corporate social responsibility obligations. The opinion will aim at following-up on the European Commission's initiative on due diligence and broadening the debate on sustainable corporate governance interlinking the social, environmental and economic dimensions.

Hyväksytyt on 17/07/2019
Viite: 
TEN/695-EESC-2019-01938
Täysistunto: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

The EESC takes note of the Fourth Report on the State of the Energy Union (SEU), supports the objectives of the Energy Union and welcomes the emphasis on the engagement and mobilisation of EU society to take full ownership of the Energy Union.

ETSK:n lausunto: Report on the State of the Energy Union

Hyväksytyt on 19/09/2018
Viite: 
INT/863-EESC-2018-02860-00-00-AC-TRA

The majority of road accidents are down to human error alone, so a comprehensive approach to road safety is needed. It should cover driver behaviour, the working conditions and skills of professional drivers, and infrastructure.

ETSK:n lausunto: Vehicle safety / protection of vulnerable road users

Hyväksytyt on 18/10/2017
Viite: 
SC/48-EESC-2017-01690-00-00-AC-TRA

This Committee opinion, prepared in response to the commission's request, has taken stock of the views of European stakeholders on how EU policies and regulatory action can use sustainable economic models to transition successfully towards economic modernisation by reconciling economic prosperity and efficiency, social inclusion and environmental responsibility.

ETSK:n lausunto: New sustainable economic models (exploratory opinion requested by the Commission)

Downloads: 

Presentation of Arthur ten Wold, Manager of De Groene Zaak

Presentation of Leon de Graaf, Advisor environmental and climate policy, BusinessEurope

Presentation of Aileen Koerfer, Services Policy Officer UNIEuropa

Presentation of Diego Isabel La Moneda, Global Hub for the Common Good

Hyväksytyt on 05/07/2017
Viite: 
NAT/707-EESC-2017

RoHS 2 addresses the waste hierarchy’s highest priority, waste prevention. Waste prevention includes measures that reduce the content of harmful substances in materials and products. Decreasing the amount of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic waste benefits the management of such waste as a result.

ETSK:n lausunto: Restrictions on hazardous substances

Hyväksytyt on 05/07/2017
Viite: 
NAT/706-EESC-2017-00719-00-00-AC-TRA

The objective of the Communication on the role of waste-to-energy in the circular economy is to ensure that the recovery of energy from waste in the EU is consistent with the objectives pursued in the Circular Economy Action Plan.

ETSK:n lausunto: Waste-to-energy under the Circular Economy

Hyväksytyt on 14/12/2016
Viite: 
INT/784-EESC-2016-00975-00-00-AC-TRA

In this opinion, the EESC calls for society to begin an economic transition from over-exploitation of resources and a throw-away culture to a more sustainable, job-rich era, based on quality rather than quantity. In order to cope with the fundamental shift to a new economic model with major systemic consequences in many areas, it is recommended that a new cross-cutting and permanent body be set up in the EESC to analyse these developments.

ETSK:n lausunto: The functional economy (own-initiative opinion)

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