Opinions

  • Usvojeno on 20/03/2024 - Bureau decision date: 24/10/2023
    Referentni dokument
    TEN/827-EESC-2023
    Workers - GR II
    Austria
    Plenary session number
    586
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    1. Usvojeno on 14/02/2024 - Bureau decision date: 24/10/2023
      Referentni dokument
      ECO/635-EESC-2023
      Civil Society Organisations - GR III
      Poland
      Plenary session number
      585
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      Reporting requirements are key for the enforcement and monitoring of legislation, but can also lead to burdens on stakeholders. The European Commission, under the REFIT programme, is proposing to streamline reporting obligations and reducing administrative burdens with regards to financial services, the InvestEU programme and certain benchmarks, while allowing the reuse of data for innovation and research purposes.

      EESC opinion: Improving benchmarks and reporting requirements in financial services and investment support
    2. Usvojeno on 14/02/2024 - Bureau decision date: 24/10/2023
      Referentni dokument
      ECO/634-EESC-2023
      Civil Society Organisations - GR III
      Romania
      Plenary session number
      585
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      Every year in February, the EESC adopts an opinion on Annual Sustainable Growth Survey, which the Commission usually presents at the end of November in the year before. This communication outlines the economic and employment policy priorities for the EU for the following 12 months, with a view to mitigating the negative impacts of the energy shocks in the short term and to foster sustainable growth and increase the EU’s resilience in the medium term. The structured approach, like in previous years, centres around the four dimensions of competitive sustainability and in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The ASGS also continues to guide Member States in the implementation of the national Recovery and Resilience Plans (RRPs). The EESC's opinion on the ASGS 2024 is due to be adopted at the plenary session of 24-25 February 2024.

      EESC opinion: Annual Sustainable Growth Survey 2024
    3. Usvojeno on 14/02/2024 - Bureau decision date: 24/10/2023
      Referentni dokument
      INT/1048-EESC-2023-05071-00-00-AC-TRA
      Employers - GR I
      Czech Republic
      Workers - GR II
      Italy
      Plenary session number
      585
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      SMEs face major uncertainties, supply constraints, labour shortages and unfair competition.

      EESC opinion on SME relief package
    4. Usvojeno on 14/02/2024 - Bureau decision date: 24/10/2023
      Referentni dokument
      INT/1047-EESC-2023-04939-00-02-ac-tra
      Employers - GR I
      Belgium
      Plenary session number
      585
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      The EESC supports the development of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as an alternative to court proceedings when consumers seek redress for the damage traders may cause them, alongside accessible judicial proceedings and enforcement of consumer rights by national authorities. It considers enforcement by national authorities to be essential as a foundation of trust in consumer protection, while redress, whether through court or an ADR procedure, offers a way to restore trust when an incident occurs between consumer and trader.

      EESC opinion: Alternative dispute resolution
    5. Usvojeno on 14/02/2024 - Bureau decision date: 11/07/2023
      Referentni dokument
      REX/579-EESC-2023-REX579
      Employers - GR I
      Bulgaria
      Plenary session number
      585
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      Since the inception of the Single Market, the EU has prioritized open, rule-based trade and economic stability. Recent global challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and rising geopolitical tensions, underscored vulnerabilities in Europe's economic structure, compelling a strategic response. 

      EESC opinion: European economic security strategy
    6. Usvojeno on 14/02/2024 - Bureau decision date: 11/07/2023
      Referentni dokument
      SOC/782-EESC-2023
      Civil Society Organisations - GR III
      Italy
      Workers - GR II
      Belgium
      Plenary session number
      585
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      The EESC calls for a strategy for civil dialogue, resulting in an action plan, and potentially an interinstitutional agreement for improved civil dialogue. It advocates for making Article 11 TEU effective by strengthening actors in the different EU institutions dealing with civil dialogue and create an annual civil dialogue scoreboard tracing the EU's engagement with civil society, and an accreditation mechanism for CSOs. It reiterates that the EESC should be at the centre of civil society consultation and civil dialogue and calls for a stronger role for the Committee in participatory democracy, including being a potential hub for citizen panels.

      EESC opinion: Strengthening civil dialogue and participatory democracy in the EU: a path forward
    7. Usvojeno on 14/02/2024 - Bureau decision date: 11/07/2023
      Referentni dokument
      SOC/781-EESC-2023
      Civil Society Organisations - GR III
      Poland
      Workers - GR II
      Spain
      Plenary session number
      585
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      In this opinion, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) highlights the challenges hindering efficient cross-border access to social security services, including bureaucratic complexity and uneven progress in digitalisation across Member States. While supportive of the European Commission's efforts to simplify processes and enhance digitalisation, the EESC emphasises the need for accelerated progress and urges developing comprehensive action plans considering diverse stakeholder needs. Recognising the overall need for digitalisation, the EESC stresses the importance of inclusive solutions for digitally excluded individuals as well as robust IT systems to ensure data protection and cybersecurity. Additionally, the EESC calls for the finalisation of the revision of Regulation 883/2004 to address obstacles to free movement more effectively.

      EESC opinion: Digitalisation in social security
    8. Usvojeno on 14/02/2024 - Bureau decision date: 26/04/2023
      Referentni dokument
      TEN/812-EESC-2023
      Workers - GR II
      France
      Plenary session number
      585
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      EESC opinion: Revision of the Combined Transport Directive 92/106/EEC
    9. Usvojeno on 14/02/2024 - Bureau decision date: 25/01/2023
      Referentni dokument
      CCMI/213-EESC-2023
      Civil Society Organisations - GR III
      Cyprus
      (Germany
      Plenary session number
      585
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      The European Union has close to 182 million hectares of forests covering 43% of its land area and these forest areas are one of Europe's most important renewable resources. EU forests are exceptionally diverse, with a large variety of forest types, characteristics and ownership structures. They provide multiple benefits for society and the economy whilst being a major source of biodiversity.

      EESC opinion: Towards a comprehensive strategy for the EU wood industry