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Priimtos on 17/07/2019
Nuoroda: 
TEN/696-EESC-2019
Plenarinė sesija: 
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Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

The European Commission’s first progress report on the implementation of the Strategic Action Plan on Batteries shows that a variety of actions have been launched to develop a significant battery industry in the EU. Although it is far too early to draw definitive conclusions, the EESC supports the initiatives that the Commission has taken and has announced it will take to work with Member States and European industry to break Europe's dependence on non-EU – particularly Asian – countries. There is much to be done in the coming years to achieve the necessary level of technological expertise in the EU, to secure the supply of raw materials from third countries and EU sources and to ensure that batteries can be recycled safely and cleanly. Investing in staff is the joint responsibility for the government and the business community.

EESC opinion: Strategic Action Plan on Batteries (report)

Priimtos on 17/07/2019
Nuoroda: 
TEN/691-EESC-2019
Plenarinė sesija: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

EESC opinion: Transport, energy and services of general interest as drivers of sustainable European growth through the digital revolution (own-initiative opinion)

Priimtos on 17/07/2019
Nuoroda: 
INT/882-EESC-2019
Plenarinė sesija: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

The EESC calls for a strategic shift at all levels to unequivocally promote new models of circularity, not only by stepping up the alignment of all actors, but also by placing consumers at the centre of public policy.

EESC opinion: The role of consumers in the Circular Economy (own-initiative opinion)

Priimtos on 17/07/2019
Nuoroda: 
TEN/695-EESC-2019
Plenarinė sesija: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

The EESC takes note of the Fourth Report on the State of the Energy Union (SEU), supports the objectives of the Energy Union and welcomes the emphasis on the engagement and mobilisation of EU society to take full ownership of the Energy Union.

EESC opinion: Report on the State of the Energy Union

Priimtos on 19/06/2019
Nuoroda: 
ECO/489-EESC-2019-2019-00073-00-00
Plenarinė sesija: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

The EESC notes that the international role of the euro has not yet recovered to the pre-financial crisis level. Whereas the European Commission's proposed measures are welcome and deemed necessary by the EESC, they may not go far enough given the extent of the euro area's social and economic challenges. Social cohesion, economic upward convergence and the promotion of competitiveness and innovation should be the basis on which the euro area's economy gathers pace and supports a stronger international role for the euro.

EESC opinion: Towards a stronger international role of the euro

Priimtos on 19/06/2019
Nuoroda: 
ECO/486-EESC-2019-2019-00069-00-00
Plenarinė sesija: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

The EESC welcomes the Investment Plan for Europe for its contribution to the promotion of investment in the EU. The Committee calls for clearly set investment targets, regulatory simplification and further guidance in order to achieve greater geographical and sectoral balance. The EESC advocates for strengthened financial capacity for the InvestEU programme within the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 and calls for more efforts to raise awareness among European businesses and citizens about the benefits obtained from the Investment Plan for Europe.

EESC opinion: Investment Plan for Europe: stock-taking and next steps

Priimtos on 19/06/2019
Nuoroda: 
SC/51-EESC-2018-SC/051- Strategy for long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions reduction
Plenarinė sesija: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

Just a few days ahead of last December's climate summit COP24 in Poland, the European Commission published its long-term strategy "A clean planet for all" presenting its vision for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 through a socially-fair transition in a cost-efficient manner. While the document does not contain any new policy proposals, it provides the direction of travel of EU climate and energy policy and frames what the EU considers as its long-term contribution to achieving the Paris Agreement temperature objectives in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals.

EESC opinion: Strategy for long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions reduction (Communication)

Priimtos on 19/06/2019
Nuoroda: 
SOC/625-EESC-2019
Plenarinė sesija: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

In a context where the European Commission proposed the reiteration of the 2018 Employment guidelines, the EESC opinion refers to and builds on the findings and recommendations it made in its 2018 opinion. Furthermore, it develops some additional aspects in view of recent developments and documents of the European Commission – such as the 2019 country reports. Thank you for clicking on the title of the opinion to read some more on the opinion's content!

EESC opinion: Guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States

Priimtos on 19/06/2019
Nuoroda: 
TEN/692-EESC-2019
Plenarinė sesija: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

The EESC welcomes the fact that principle 20 of the European Pillar of Social Rights reaffirms the right to access essential services/SGEIs. These are a vital component of social justice and are underpinned by the principle of equal treatment of users, prohibiting any kind of discrimination or exclusion whatsoever, and by the principle of universal access to services of a high level of affordability and quality.

EESC opinion: For a better implementation of the Social Pillar, promoting essential services (own-initiative opinion)

Priimtos on 19/06/2019
Nuoroda: 
SOC/627-EESC-2019
Plenarinė sesija: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

The EESC welcomes the Commission's Communication on Further Strengthening the Rule of Law within the Union. It regrets that the short reflection period has not allowed for deeper consultation. The EESC recalls the essential watchdog role played by the civil society, which should be further supported. It reiterates its support for an EU mechanism to monitor rule of law and fundamental rights and proposes to establish an EU stakeholders Forum to debate solutions. The EESC also calls on the Commission to adopt a Strategy on communication, education and citizen awareness concerning these key issues.

EESC opinion: Further strengthening the Rule of Law within the Union. State of play and possible next steps (Communication)

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