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Farmers are under great pressure from markets – often through low or strongly fluctuating prices – to adapt by specialising and rationalising their businesses. These processes could lead to a problematic regional concentration and to the abandoning of farming in disadvantaged regions.
The 2013 Annual Growth Survey (AGS), which launches the European semester, sets out what the Commission believes should be the overall budgetary, economic and social priorities for the this year. Given the importance of the involvement of the organised civil society and the social partners in setting priorities for action at the national and EU level, the EESC issues its opinion as a contribution to the debates ahead of the Spring European Council.
This opinion is drafted at the request of the European Parliament, within the context of the two reports of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, namely: Improving the Functioning of the European Union Building on the Potential of the Liston Treaty (rapporteurs Ms Bresso and Mr Brok) and Possible Evolutions and Adjustments of the Current Institutional Set-up of the European Union (rapporteur Mr Verhofstadt).
The EESC welcomes the AGS 2015, but reminds that it is not possible to implement a growth plan that supports job creation measures without investment. Social investment can play a critical role in the promotion of welfare and the eradication of poverty and exclusion. The Committee welcomes the streamlining of the European Semester and acknowledges the efforts made by the Commission to encourage more civil society participation. The review of the Europe 2020 strategy should be published in a timely manner in order to give stakeholders sufficient time to prepare their positions.
The biggest challenge now facing Europe's economy is how to sustain the recovery that is now underway. This is the main message of the 2014 Annual Growth Survey (AGS). Its adoption kicks off the fourth European Semester of economic policy coordination in an environment where growth is beginning to return and Member States are making progress on correcting the imbalances that developed before the crisis.
Par lettre datée du 23 juillet 2009, la présidence espagnole de l'Union européenne a demandé au Comité économique et social européen, conformément à l´article 262 du traité instituant la Communauté européenne, d'élaborer un avis exploratoire sur la: "Politique européenne des transports dans le cadre de la stratégie de Lisbonne après 2010 et de la stratégie de développement durable".
La section "Transports, énergie, infrastructures, société de l'information", chargée de préparer les travaux du Comité en la matière, a élaboré son avis le 24 février 2010. Lors de sa 461e session plénière des 17 et 18 mars 2010 (séance du 17 mars 2010), le Comité économique et social européen a adopté le présent avis par 152 voix pour, 1 voix contre et 4 abstentions.
Le 16 juillet 2009, le Comité économique et social européen a décidé, conformément à l'article 29, paragraphe 2, de son règlement intérieur, d'élaborer un avis d'initiative sur: "Les mutations industrielles et les perspectives du secteur des deux-roues motorisés en Europe". La commission consultative des mutations industrielles (CCMI), chargée de préparer les travaux du Comité en la matière, a élaboré son avis le 4 février 2010. Lors de sa 461e session plénière des 17 et 18 mars 2010 (séance du 18 mars 2010), le Comité économique et social européen a adopté le présent avis par 140 voix pour et 2abstentions.
The EESC opinion focuses on several issues in relation with the Europe 2020 Strategy: the reinforcement of governance, the improvement of communication and of its concrete implementation by the Member States. Issued in a particularly difficult context, when the Union is experiencing the worst economic, social and political crisis in its history, the opinion stresses the need to move from emergency measures to long term growth reforms. It considers that the overarching Europe 2020 Strategy is more important than ever since it offers a comprehensive agenda for reforms aiming to secure sustainable growth and making the Union more resilient in future. The EESC also reiterates that organised civil society and social partners' participation in the carrying out of reforms is determinant for their success and can encourage national administrations and the EU in delivering concrete results.
"The initial reaction to the Copenhagen Accord was one of profound disappointment at the failure to reach a general agreement on targets and measures for combating global warming. However, on closer inspection, it does deliver some advances not only toward the goal of keeping any increase in temperature to below 2°C compared with the pre-industrial era, but also in making progress possible on both technology transfers and funding for developing countries and on more specific agreements on the use of land and forestry. Its conclusions now need to be built on in the next rounds of negotiation in Cancun and South Africa."