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  • Ongoing (updated on 21/02/2024)
    Diversity Europe - GR III
    Plenary session number

    Already in 2018 the European Commission has proposed a Regulation on a mechanism to resolve legal and administrative obstacles in a cross-border context for the programming period 2021-2027. At the time, the EESC has adopted its opinion on 19 September 2018, and the European Parliament adopted its first-reading position on the proposal in February 2019. However, the Council's working party on structural measures decided to cease work on the proposal in May 2021. In October 2022, to break the impasse and take the lead on this issue, the EP's Committee on Regional Development started drawing up a legislative-initiative report, calling on the Commission to present a new legislative proposal. The EP voted the report at its September 2023 plenary session.

  • Adopted on 15/07/2020 - Bureau decision date: 09/06/2020

    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).

    EESC opinion: Recovery plan for Europe and the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027
  • Adopted on 02/04/2019 - Bureau decision date: 24/01/2017
    Workers - GR II

    The directive on services in the Internal Market was designed to promote competitiveness, growth and employment in line with the Lisbon Strategy. It has, at the same time, triggered an intensive debate on the form to be taken by the freedom to provide services. The effects of the Directive on national labour markets, social conditions and consumer protection requirements remain a highly controversial issue.

    Information report: The services directive in the meat processing sector (information report)
  • Adopted on 17/10/2018 - Bureau decision date: 19/06/2018
    Diversity Europe - GR III

    The EESC welcomes the Commission's proposals to amend the Taking of Evidence Regulation and the Service of Documents Regulation and calls on the Commission to take into account its observations: without a genuine judicial area, the freedoms of the single market cannot be fully taken advantage of.

    EESC opinion: Taking of evidence and service of documents
  • Adopted on 18/10/2017 - Bureau decision date: 16/06/2017
    (United Kingdom
  • Adopted on 05/07/2017 - Bureau decision date: 13/12/2016
    EESC opinion: Energy prices and costs
  • Adopted on 31/05/2017 - Bureau decision date: 24/01/2017
    Workers - GR II

    The proposed measures of the services package aim to make it easier for services providers to navigate administrative formalities, helping Member States identify overly burdensome or outdated requirements on professionals operating domestically or across borders. Rather than amending existing EU rules in the services area, the Commission focuses on ensuring better application.

    EESC opinion: Services Package
  • Adopted on 25/01/2017 - Bureau decision date: 20/09/2016
    • The EESC welcomes the Communication from the Commission confirming the importance of Internet connectivity for the Digital Single Market and the need for Europe to deploy now the networks for its digital future.
    • The EESC notes that the Strategic Objectives for 2025 are ambitious but realistic, although they are largely dependent on national funding (private and public). There is a particular need for public investments to cover all remotes areas and guarantee minimum digital access for the vulnerable members of our society.
    • The EESC agrees with the proposal to introduce a voucher system for small communities and SMEs and supports the free "WIFI4EU" initiative for all Europeans in public places, public administrations, libraries and hospitals as well as outdoor spaces even. It recommends following eIDAS digital identity, which offers guarantees for data protection and public security against.
    EESC opinion: European Gigabit Society
  • Adopted on 14/12/2016 - Bureau decision date: 12/07/2016
    EESC opinion: Strengthening Europe's Cyber Resilience System
    Cyber security: new rules to protect Europe's infrastructure
    Position of the Council at first reading with a view to the adoption of a Directive of the EP and of the Council concerning measures for a high common level of security of network and information systems across the Union
    Joint Communication to the EP, the Council, the EESC and the CoR: Cybersecurity Strategy of the European Union: An Open, Safe and Secure Cyberspace