Ekonomija ċirkolari

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It-tranżizzjoni lejn Ekonomija Ċirkolari hija prijorità ewlenija fl-aġenda tal-KESE bħala soluzzjoni biex tiġi miġġielda l-kriżi klimatika u tiġi protetta l-pjaneta tagħna. Hija opportunità kbira għas-soċjetà ċivili peress li tista’ tgħin biex:

  • tiżdied il-kompetittività tal-industrija Ewropea;
  • jiġi promoss it-tkabbir ekonomiku sostenibbli;
  • jinħolqu impjiegi ġodda.

Il-mudell “take-make-waste” tal-produzzjoni u l-konsum li għadu jiddomina l-ekonomija tagħna llum mhux biss qed jilħaq il-qofol tiegħu f’riżorsi moħlija, iżda wkoll qed idgħajjef il-ġlieda kontra t-tibdil fil-klima. Għall-kuntrarju tal-ekonomija lineari, Ekonomija Ċirkolari hija disinn riġenerattiv u restorattiv li jiffoka fuq il-ħolqien u ż-żamma tal-valur ekonomiku, filwaqt li jindirizza l-isfidi ambjentali globali bħat-tibdil fil-klima, it-telf tal-bijodiversità u t-tniġġis filwaqt li jrendi benefiċċji ekonomiċi.

L-aħbar it-tajba hija li t-tranżizzjoni ċirkolari diġà qed isseħħ fil-prattika. Il-partijiet ikkonċernati mis-soċjetà ċivili inklużi n-negozji, it-trade unions, l-akkademja u l-komunitajiet tal-għarfien, l-organizzazzjonijiet taż-żgħażagħ kif ukoll l-NGOs u gruppi ta’ interess oħra qed joħolqu u jimplimentaw ħafna inizjattivi ċirkolari fil-livell lokali u reġjonali. Il-katalizzazzjoni ta’ soluzzjonijiet ċirkolari u tat-tmexxija mill-partijiet ikkonċernati rilevanti hija l-aħjar opportunità tal-Ewropa biex taċċellera t-tranżizzjoni lejn Ekonomija Ċirkolari.

Bħala tali, il-Pjattaforma Ewropea tal-Partijiet Interessati tal-Ekonomija Ċirkolari, inizjattiva konġunta tal-KESE u tal-Kummissjoni Ewropea, hija pjattaforma stabbilita fl-2017 biex tlaqqa’ flimkien il-komunità tal-Ekonomija Ċirkolari fl-Ewropa. Il-pjattaforma mmexxija mill-partijiet ikkonċernati tappoġġja t-tranżizzjoni tal-Ewropa lejn Ekonomija Ċirkolari billi trawwem id-djalogu, tikkondividi l-għarfien u taqsam l-aħjar prattiki.

  • Adottati on 13/07/2022 - Bureau decision date: 19/10/2021
    Referenza
    NAT/851-EESC-2022
    Workers - GR II
    Austria

    The Sustainable Products Initiative (SPI) package aims to make every aspect of the design, production, use and sale of products placed on the EU market more environmentally-friendly and circular to deliver on the sustainability and climate objectives. The proposals of the package will introduce a new era where sustainable products become the norm as well as Europe's resource independence.

    EESC opinion: Sustainable products initiative, including Eco-design Directive
  • Adottati on 18/05/2022 - Bureau decision date: 19/10/2021
    Referenza
    NAT/846-EESC-2021
    Employers - GR I
    France
    EESC opinion: Restoring sustainable carbon cycles
  • Adottati on 09/06/2021 - Bureau decision date: 20/02/2020
    Referenza
    INT/903-EESC-2020-01-01
    (Germany

    In its own-initiative opinion, the EESC examines the extent to which existing EU company law currently serves as an "expedient" for the politically-desirable Green Deal and which gaps still need to be closed, in particular regarding corporate social responsibility obligations. The opinion aims at following-up on the European Commission's initiative on due diligence and broadening the debate on sustainable corporate governance interlinking the social, environmental and economic dimensions.

    EESC opinion: No Green Deal without a Social Deal
  • Adottati on 16/09/2020 - Bureau decision date: 18/02/2020
    Referenza
    INT/898-EESC-2020
    Employers - GR I
    Bulgaria
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Greece

    Europe is embarking on a transition towards climate neutrality and digital leadership. European businesses can lead the way as we enter this new age, as they has done in the past.

    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are essential to Europe’s competitiveness and prosperity. Based on the new SME Strategy, the EU will support SMEs by:

    • encouraging innovation through new funding and digital innovation hubs as part of the sustainable and digital transitions;
    • cutting red tape by reducing barriers within the Single Market and opening up access to finance;
    • allowing better access to finance by setting up an SME Initial Public Offering Fund (with investments channelled through a new private-public fund) and the ESCALAR initiative (a mechanism to boost the size of venture capital funds and attract more private investment).
    EESC opinion: SME strategy
    • Position paper "Strengthening SMEs: Way Forward to a Dedicated SME Strategy"
  • Adottati on 15/07/2020 - Bureau decision date: 09/06/2020
    Referenza
    ECO/523-EESC-2020-02886-00-00-AC-TRA

    The EESC strongly supports the Commission's proposal – Next Generation EU – as a specific tool for a quick and effective recovery.

    The EESC takes a very positive view of the Commission's two main decisions:

    1. to introduce an extraordinary financial recovery instrument as part of the multiannual financial framework
    2. to raise common debt, which will be repaid over a long period of time, and prevent the extraordinary financial burden from falling directly on the Member States in the short run.

    The EESC strongly welcomes the fact that the newly proposed instrument should be closely coordinated with the European Semester process, and furthermore welcomes the Commission's proposal to introduce additional genuine own resources based on different taxes (revenues from the EU Emissions Trading System, digital taxation, large companies' revenues).

    EESC opinion: Recovery plan for Europe and the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027
  • Adottati on 15/07/2020 - Bureau decision date: 18/02/2020
    Referenza
    INT/897-EESC-2020
    (Romania
    Workers - GR II
    Germany

    The European Union and its Member States must stand united to protect their sovereignty. The EESC firmly believes that if Europe is to maintain its leading role in the world, it needs a strong, competitive industrial base. The EESC recognises the crucial importance of shifting to a carbon-neutral economy and of reversing the current curve of biodiversity collapse. Without a green industrial strategy as a cornerstone of the Green Deal, the EU will never succeed in reaching a carbon-neutral economy within one generation. The new industrial strategy must ensure the right balance between supporting European businesses, respecting our 2050 climate neutrality objective and providing consumers with incentives to shift consumption to sustainable goods and services .

    EESC opinion: Industrial strategy
  • Adottati on 30/10/2019 - Bureau decision date: 19/03/2019
    Referenza
    NAT/775-EESC-2019-01-01-02306
    Workers - GR II
    Germany
    EESC opinion: Delivering on the circular economy action plan
  • Adottati on 26/09/2019 - Bureau decision date: 24/01/2019
    Referenza
    NAT/764-EESC-2019-02078-00-00
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Ireland
    EESC opinion: Developing synergies across different circular economy roadmaps (own-initiative opinion)
  • Adottati on 17/07/2019 - Bureau decision date: 19/03/2019
    Referenza
    TEN/695-EESC-2019-01-01-01938
    Workers - GR II
    France

    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
  • Adottati on 19/09/2018 - Bureau decision date: 22/05/2018
    Referenza
    INT/863-EESC-2018-01-01-02860-00-00-AC-TRA
    (Luxembourg

    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.

    EESC opinion: Vehicle safety / protection of vulnerable road users