The Arctic region is of key strategic importance for the EU, in view of climate change, raw materials as well as geostrategic influence. Climate change is the biggest threat the Arctic is facing and it requires urgent action in response. The EESC's report will focus on the demographic, environmental and socio-economic impacts that climate change as well as the position of the Arctic at the crossroads of geopolitical interests have on the livelihoods of the region's inhabitants, including indigenous peoples, as well as on the local economies and communities.
Ex-post evaluation of the European Union's Civil Protection Mechanism (including RescEU)
The objective of this evaluation report is to assess the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) atmid-term. The RRF is the EU’s main instrument to mitigate the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, the EESC will examine, from the point of view of the organised civil society, the effectiveness and relevance of this instrument, as well as aim to determine the added value of civil society involvement in achieving the RRF Regulation’s objectives. The evaluation will also cover later developments, such as the REPowerEU initiative. The results of the EESC's evaluation will feed into the Commission's evaluation, the completion of which is scheduled for Q1 2024.
Horizon 2020 was the EU's research and innovation funding programme for 2014-2020, with a budget of nearly €80 billion. The Commission intends to evaluate this programme in order to improve the implementation of current EU research and innovation measures and the design of future measures. It also fulfils the Commission’s legal obligation to explain how it has spent public funds (Article 32 of Regulation 1291/2013).
The implementation of the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement, including the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland
The general objective of the information report will be to feed into the political dialogue between the EU and UK and promote a joint reflection on their future relationship. More specifically, the information report will be transmitted to the relevant services in the European Commission, EEAS, European Parliament, and Council, as the EESC's contribution to addressing issues arising from the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement and Northern Ireland Protocol.