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Goedgekeurd on 17/07/2019
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TEN/696-EESC-2019
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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.

advies EESC: Strategic Action Plan on Batteries (report)

Goedgekeurd on 17/07/2019
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INT/880-EESC-2019-005220-00-00-ac-tra
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Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

The EESC believes that the practical applications of blockchain technologies can significantly improve the performance of social economy organisations, benefiting them, their members and, above all, their end users. Besides, the EESC believes that real involvement of social economy and civil society organisations is imperative to ensure that the huge opportunities offered by the new technologies are geared towards delivering benefits, access, transparency and participation for all, and not just for a new "digital economy elite".

advies EESC: Blockchain and distributed ledger technology as an ideal infrastructure for Social Economy (Own-initiative opinion)

Goedgekeurd on 17/07/2019
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ECO/495-EESC-2019
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Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

This own-initiative opinion will focus on the interface and inter-linkages between the European semester and Cohesion policy under the new Multiannual Financial Framework with a view to developing policy proposals to improve sustainable growth performance. With the Europe 2020 Strategy coming to an end, these proposals can contribute to the preparation of a new European strategy post-2020.

advies EESC: The European Semester and Cohesion policy - Towards a new European strategy post-2020 (own-initiative opinion)

Goedgekeurd on 17/07/2019
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INT/882-EESC-2019
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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.

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

Goedgekeurd on 17/07/2019
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TEN/695-EESC-2019-01938
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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.

advies EESC: Report on the State of the Energy Union

Goedgekeurd on 17/07/2019
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TEN/691-EESC-2019
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Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

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

Goedgekeurd on 17/07/2019
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SOC/620-EESC-2019
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Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

The EESC calls for synergy between European PES Network strategy going beyond 2020 and the principles of the EPSR. An innovative role for PES in implementing national employment and labour market policies and in guaranteeing more effective services for companies has to be properly supported at national level with sufficient capacity, skilled staff, IT and technical equipment and financial support. Greater efforts should be made to monitor, evaluate and benchmark PES services to assess the effectiveness of these services in assisting jobseekers entering the labour market.

advies EESC: The new role of public employment services (PES) in the context of the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights (own-initiative opinion)

Goedgekeurd on 17/07/2019
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ECO/493-EESC-2019
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Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

Although considerable progress has already been made towards completing EMU, there is still a need to significantly reinforce all four of its pillars, taking care to maintain the balance between them, as neglecting one or more of these pillars could result in dangerous disparities. Resilience to crises is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for completing EMU: it also requires a positive vision, as set out in Article 3 of the EU Treaty. The EESC generally calls on the European institutions and national governments to take much more ambitious action in the context of EMU reform in order to achieve a more integrated, more democratic and socially better developed Union.

advies EESC: A new vision for completing the Economic and Monetary Union (own initiative opinion)

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