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Ongoing (updated on 11/12/2018)
Nuoroda: 
REX/508-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

This proposal is part of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) outlined in the European Commission’s Communication ‘A modern Budget for a Union that Protects, Empowers and Defends – The Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027’. On 14 June 2018 the European Commission presented the budget for the external action of the European Union, which includes and the Neighborhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) and the European Instrument for Nuclear Safety.

EESC section opinion: Neighbourhood, Development and Cooperation instrument

Ongoing (updated on 11/12/2018)
Nuoroda: 
NAT/736-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

This opinion will look into how the access to finance for non-state climate actors can be facilitated.

EESC section opinion: Facilitating access to climate finance for non-state actors (Own-initiative opinion)

Ongoing (updated on 11/12/2018)
Nuoroda: 
NAT/758-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
543 -
May 15, 2019 May 16, 2019

In October 2018, the European Commission launched the updated European Bio-economy Strategy.  The purpose of this update to the 2012 Bio-economy Strategy was to address the challenges of living in a world of limited resources.

Adopted on 19/09/2018
Nuoroda: 
NAT/739-EESC-2018-02466
Plenary session: 
537 -
Sep 19, 2018 Sep 20, 2018

The future Austrian Presidency of the Council has requested the EESC to draw up an exploratory opinion on the Bioeconomy, and how it can contribute to achieving the EU's climate, energy goals and the UN's sustainable development goals.

EESC opinion: Bioeconomy – contributing to achieving the EU's climate and energy goals and the UN's sustainable development goals (exploratory opinion requested by the Austrian Presidency)

Ongoing (updated on 11/12/2018)
Nuoroda: 
TEN/678-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) welcomes the proposal for a regulation for the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM) research and training programme 2021-2025.

The EESC considers the EURATOM budget to be proportionate to the objectives set and considers it essential to maintain this financial allocation regardless of the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. The Committee also considers it crucial in this respect to manage the United Kingdom's exit from the Euratom programme with the utmost care, particularly with regard to research already in progress, shared infrastructure and the social impact on staff  (e.g. working conditions) both on British soil and elsewhere.

EESC section opinion: Research and Training Programme of the European Atomic Energy Community for the period 2021-2025 complementing Horizon Europe – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

Ongoing (updated on 11/12/2018)
Nuoroda: 
TEN/681-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

The EESC endorses the Commission's proposal and highlights the suggestions for future support put forward in the opinion.

The EESC does not suggest amending the proposal, but instead calls for closer monitoring of activities in areas raised in the opinion, particularly a sustainable development oriented approach in the choice of energy sources; proper consideration of the specific situation in Lithuania in particular, as well as in other countries concerned with regard to socio-economic aspects; dissemination throughout the EU of knowledge acquired in the area of dismantling and on the issue of training workers; safe and sustainable management of nuclear waste generated; and strengthening of performance indicators by including performance in relation to protecting workers from radiation.

EESC section opinion: MFF and nuclear decommissioning and radioactive waste

Ongoing (updated on 11/12/2018)
Nuoroda: 
TEN/680-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

The EESC notes that achieving clean energy is a high priority and to this end fusion energy is recognised as a potential long-term solution with Europe being at the forefront of developing fusion technologies which are carbon-free, sustainable and help secure our mix of energy supplies.

The EESC emphasises that the high level of long-term investment needed for the development of a fusion power plant does still entail some industrial risk, but in the event of success the realisation of a fusion power plant would be a newly introduced factor that would significantly change the existing energy supply by providing a disruptive innovation, with fusion fuel being abundant and virtually inexhaustible.

EESC section opinion: MFF and ITER

Ongoing (updated on 10/12/2018)
Nuoroda: 
CCMI/160-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

The bioeconomy encompasses the production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into food, feed, bio-based products and bioenergy. This includes agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food, pulp and paper production, as well as parts of chemical, biotechnological and energy industries. For the purpose of this opinion, research on genomes, cell processes and bioinformatics is not specifically considered.

EESC section opinion: Sustainable inclusive bio-economy - new opportunities for European economy (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 27/04/2017
Nuoroda: 
INT/819-EESC-2017-01752-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
525 -
Apr 26, 2017 Apr 27, 2017

The Commission proposal is technically amending the existing Council Regulation (EU) No 560/2014 establishing the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU).

BBI JU is a body entrusted with the implementation of a public-private partnership whose members are the European Union represented by the Commission and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC).

Due to difficulty of BIC to deliver its financial contribution as foreseen by the current Council Regulation, the European Commission proposes to adjust the initial text of the Council Regulation by introducing the possibility of delivering financial contributions at project level, in addition to the existent mode of delivery at programme level.

EESC opinion: Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking

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