The EESC agrees with the European Commission about the need to modernise and simplify EU consumer policy and considers that the new legislative package contributes to bridging the gap created by the exponential growth of e-commerce, undermining consumer confidence and causing distortions to the single market.
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The majority of road accidents are down to human error alone, so a comprehensive approach to road safety is needed. It should cover driver behaviour, the working conditions and skills of professional drivers, and infrastructure.
The EESC regrets that the Commission has not taken this opportunity to anticipate the changes connected to driverless motor vehicles, despite the comments included in the impact assessment accompanying the proposal. The EESC recommends that the Commission set, as regards harmonisation of minimum amounts of cover, a final deadline for completing the implementation of minimum compensation thresholds.
The Integrated Border Management Fund, proposed by the Commission in the framework of the MFF, aims at providing vital and reinforced support to Member States to secure the common external borders of the Union. The Fund will provide financial support
a) for border management and visa
b) for customs control equipment.
This proposal concerns only the Customs Control Equipment instrument. A separate proposal covering the border management and visa instrument is presented by the Commission in parallel.
With this opinion, the EESC welcomes the proposal since it strikes a balance between the need to develop technologies with a low environmental impact (Euro 5 type-approval step) and the actual ability of some companies to introduce these within the stipulated timeframe (technical feasibility).
For the EESC this legislation will have a beneficial effect on the costs to companies and, consequently, on those borne by consumers. Moreover, the EESC is in favour of renewing the Commission's power to adopt delegated acts for a further period of five years.
The EESC welcomes the proposal that follows feedback received by stakeholders and Member States in the first implementation period.
Among the EU’s tasks is that of developing a European area of justice in civil matters based on the principles of mutual trust and the mutual recognition of judgments. In this context, the Commission has issued two proposals: a) on the taking of evidence, which addresses the need for modernisation, in particular digitalisation and more use of videoconferencing; and b) on the service of documents, aims to improve efficiency through a decentralised IT system for sending and receiving documents.
The EESC believes that the proposal is focused on the practical steps necessary to address real consequences for the vehicle manufacturing and distribution industry and consumers as a result of unavoidable legal changes in the certification of type-approval issues by UK authorities on the basis of EU laws. It should therefore act as a template for many other similar agreements.
For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing a new, dedicated €4 billion programme to empower and protect consumers and enable Europe's many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to take full advantage of a well-functioning Single Market.
The new programme will strengthen the governance of the EU's internal market. It will support businesses' – and in particular SMEs' – competitiveness and will promote human, animal and plant health and animal welfare, as well as establish the framework for financing European statistics.
A dynamic and competitive retail sector is important for consumers, businesses and hence the whole EU economy. A better performing retail sector will as a result generate spill-over effects on the entire economy. A well-funtioning Single Market and a modernised regulatory environment are indispensable for an EU retail sector fit for the 21st century.