Opinions

  • In voorbereiding (updated on 19/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 12/12/2023
    Referentie
    CCMI/224-EESC
    Workers - GR II
    Romania
    (Ireland
    Plenary session number
    588
    -

    The European Commission has requested from the EESC an exploratory opinion on industrial and technological approaches and best practices supporting a water resilient society. Building on EESC's previous work on the EU Blue Deal, this exploratory opinion aims to make concrete recommendations on how to boost the development and uptake of new water technologies and best practices in the EU and support notably industries in the transformation towards a water-resilient society, taking into account sectoral constraints.

  • In voorbereiding (updated on 19/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 21/03/2024
    Referentie
    ECO/649-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Romania
    Plenary session number
    591
    -

    Background

    Every year in February, the EESC adopts an opinion on the Annual Sustainable Growth Survey (ASGS), which the Commission usually presents at the end of November in the year before. To reinforce the Committee's impact throughout the entire annual European Semester cycle, an own-initiative opinion with additional considerations is regularly produced by October taking into account the overall European Semester process and RRF developments, and providing a timely input to the Commission's preparation of the next ASGS expected again for November 2024. The Communication on the ASGS 2024 outlines the economic and employment policy priorities for the EU for the following 12 months, focusing on short-term energy shock mitigation, medium-term sustainable growth and resilience in the EU, and alignment with the long-term EU objectives.

  • In voorbereiding (updated on 19/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 18/01/2024
    Referentie
    ECO/641-EESC-2024-00699
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Italy
    Plenary session number
    589
    -

    On 13 June 2023 the EC proposed a Council Recommendation on developing social economy framework conditions and noted that taxation policies can have "a significant role in fostering the social economy and ensuring that social economy entities can afford to operate alongside mainstream businesses, creating a more equitable business environment while contributing to social inclusion and improved access to employment". Given the wide and general approach of EC proposal – including inter alia references to the role of State aid, public procurement, and European funds – the above-mentioned taxation aspects need to be analysed and considered by the EESC.

  • In voorbereiding (updated on 19/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 21/09/2023
    Referentie
    ECO/631-EESC
    Plenary session number
    587
    -

    This opinion focuses on the reform and investment measures in the Member States, in particular those based on the Country-Specific Recommendations 2023, and their implementation, in order to assess the effectiveness of these measures and the possibilities for better targeting of proposals, improved implementation and the monitoring and involvement of organised civil society in the procedures. This opinion also looks at issues concerning the ongoing reform of the EU’s economic governance rules, the central objective of which is to strengthen public debt sustainability while promoting sustainable and inclusive growth in all Member States through reforms and investment. Moreover, the opinion continues the previous consultation exercises by examining the state of the implementation of the reforms and investments provided for in the national Recovery and Resilience Plans and which are financially supported by RRF funds.

  • In voorbereiding (updated on 19/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 11/07/2023
    Referentie
    ECO/630-EESC-2023-04451
    Plenary session number
    586
    -

    At the request of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the EESC is drawing up this opinion to suggest recommendations on how to tackle inequalities, foster upwards social convergence and strengthen social security systems and ensure its long-term affordability, in an EU economic governance framework/European Semester defined around debt sustainability, productive investments and reforms. This opinion is also focusing on the implications of such a framework for the European Semester, and the further strengthening of the social pillar herein. Finally, the opinion also looks at ways of continuing to further develop fiscal instruments that have a stabilising role at the European level, based e.g. on the experience of SURE.

    EESC opinion: Boosting long-term inclusive growth through reforms and investment
  • In voorbereiding (updated on 18/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 15/02/2024
    Referentie
    NAT/933-EESC
    Workers - GR II
    Germany
    Plenary session number
    590
    -
  • In voorbereiding (updated on 18/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 12/12/2023
    Referentie
    INT/1055-EESC
    Employers - GR I
    Germany
    Plenary session number
    591
    -

    The exploratory opinion requested by the Commission will focus on General Purpose AI models and the systems based on these models, their use by institutions, bodies and businesses and the impact they have on economy and society. Its aim is to support the implementation of the Artificial Intelligence Act, in particular as regards General Purpose AI and their governance. It will, more specifically, contribute to the preparation of the codes of practice in relation to General Purpose AI, provide recommendations on the next steps in the field and engage in the global discussions around General Purpose AI and their governance.

  • In voorbereiding (updated on 18/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 18/01/2024
    Referentie
    CCMI/228-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Cyprus
    (Slovakia
    Plenary session number
    589
    -
  • In voorbereiding (updated on 18/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 18/01/2024
    Referentie
    CCMI/230-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Italy
    (Belgium
    Plenary session number
    591
    -
  • In voorbereiding (updated on 18/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 15/02/2024
    Referentie
    INT/1065-EESC-2024-00975
    Employers - GR I
    Czech Republic
    Plenary session number
    591
    -

    The European Green Deal set the path for a critical transition related to climate and circularity. The current transformation change concerns all sectors of economy, mainly transport, energy, industry and agriculture. It is critical to ensure a synergetic approach between the goals of the Green Deal and other important EU goals, such as innovation, competitiveness and access to critical raw materials. A better understanding of how the different EU adopted legislative acts interact with each other is needed. Moreover, the Green Deal legislation should also reflect the current economic and political situation in which we are living.

    The own initiative opinion aims at identifying acts and particular measures stemming from the Green Deal that need a recalibration in order to avoid any contradictions, damage to the environment, consumer health and EU competitiveness.