Press Summaries

    • The Committee welcomes the proposal to expand the activities of EMSA; however, it has serious doubts as to whether EMSA has the human and financial resources to perform these additional activities properly. The proposed increase in EMSA's resources is insufficient given the extent of the proposed increase in the Agency's tasks and the scale of the EU's ambitions for maritime policy.
    • The EESC welcomes the proposal and recognises the European Commission's efforts to strengthen environmental protection, in particular by making the preservation of the seas a high priority and by introducing penalties for pollution offences in European seas.
    • The EESC acknowledges that it is important to have dissuasive and proportionate penalties across the EU for ship-source pollution offences. Establishing such minimum requirements as a reference point and holding the polluter accountable by applying the "polluter pays" principle could be beneficial and have a strong deterrent effect in the EU.
  • The EESC:

    • considers it crucial to build a level playing field for all operators in the occasional transport sector, enabling fair competition.
    • highlights that the attempts to circumvent existing rules on drivers' working conditions must be firmly tackled by all the competent national and European authorities to make the sector, characterised by significant staff shortages, more attractive to work in.
  • The EESC:

    • calls for an earlier date of entry into force to be set for both the changes in the calculation of tolls based on the energy efficiency of trailers and semi-trailers and the mandatory taking into account of the energy efficiency of trailers and semi-trailers in determining which charging class should apply to vehicle-trailer combinations once the CO2-based differentiation of charges becomes applicable to motor vehicles. The date proposed by the European Commission (1 July 2030) should therefore be brought forward.
    • Key to the Drone Strategy 2.0 are two related drivers: building the EU's drone services market and strengthening European civil, security and defence industry capabilities and synergies. To encourage private investment and the development of new innovative services for various sectors, legal and technical certainty should be ensured.
    • The development of the drone market requires regional and local planning that takes into account mobility as a service with a multi-domain approach. As integrated land, air and maritime dimensions could become an important factor in territorial development, proper links and coordination will be necessary with national and local authorities.
  • The EESC calls on the Commission to:

     

    • ensure the TLF meets the various expectations of consumers concerning textile labels, which should first and foremost offer basic and easily understandable information. 
    • strive for an EU-wide and global alignment of labelling requirements on indications of origin, care instructions, size and fibre composition;
    • prevent further offshoring by establishing labelling requirements that are flexible enough to address SMEs' capacities.

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  • The Committee suggests:

     

    • reviewing the obligation to create and provide information on a product passport for every batch of a detergent or surfactant;
    • extending digital labelling to both pre-packaged products and refill sales;
    • making the new requirements on micro-organisms support innovation in this emerging product category;

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  • The EESC suggests urgently adopting the following measures to improve water-efficient consumption and consumer awareness of their water footprint:

     

    • encouraging the use of water-efficient appliances and devices through incentives to both manufacturers and consumers and water consumption labels;
    • applying water tariffs that reflect the real cost of water services and can help raise consumer awareness;
    • promoting circular water consumption.

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  • The EESC believes there is a need to intervene to ensure that specific illegal activities carried out by influencers are treated evenly across the EU, requiring advertising messages to:

     

    • be clearly identifiable as such; and
    • comply with sector-specific rules in order to protect the health and safety of consumers and users, especially minors and other vulnerable groups.

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  • The Committee advises the following:

     

    • The Commission should carry out an audit to identify how the EU can control and improve its value chains and avoid excessive dependencies.
    • It should also work a competitiveness check into EU decision-making. 
    • The GDIP and the NZIA should not focus narrowly on promoting green technologies and picking "winners", but rather encourage the development of a diverse industrial sector.

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