Circulaire economie

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De overgang naar een circulaire economie staat hoog op de agenda van het EESC om de klimaatcrisis te bestrijden en onze planeet te beschermen. De circulaire economie is een geweldige kans voor het maatschappelijk middenveld, aangezien zij kan helpen om:

  • de concurrentiekracht van de Europese industrie te vergroten;
  • duurzame economische groei te stimuleren;
  • nieuwe banen te creëren.

Het lineaire productie- en consumptiemodel dat nog altijd de toon aangeeft in onze economie leidt niet alleen tot verspilling van hulpbronnen, maar ondermijnt ook de strijd tegen de klimaatverandering. In tegenstelling tot de lineaire economie is een circulaire economie regeneratief en herstelgericht en heeft zij als doel om economische waarde te creëren en te behouden, mondiale milieu-uitdagingen zoals klimaatverandering, verlies aan biodiversiteit en vervuiling aan te pakken, en tegelijkertijd voor economische voordelen te zorgen.

Het goede nieuws is dat de circulaire transitie in de praktijk al een feit is. Op lokaal en regionaal niveau worden tal van circulaire initiatieven opgezet en uitgevoerd door belanghebbenden uit het maatschappelijk middenveld, waaronder bedrijven, vakbonden, de academische wereld en kennisgemeenschappen, jongerenorganisaties, ngo’s en andere belangengroepen. Vaart zetten achter circulaire oplossingen en leiderschap van relevante belanghebbenden bieden Europa de beste kans om de overgang naar een circulaire economie te versnellen.

Het Europees stakeholdersplatform voor de circulaire economie, een gezamenlijk initiatief van het EESC en de Europese Commissie, is in 2017 dan ook opgericht als trefpunt voor de gemeenschap van de circulaire economie in Europa. Dit door belanghebbenden gestuurde platform ondersteunt de transitie van Europa naar een circulaire economie door een dialoog te bevorderen en kennis en goede praktijken uit te wisselen.

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Opinion
Goedgekeurd on 13/07/2022
Referentie: 
NAT/851-EESC-2022
Zitting: 
571 -
Jul 13, 2022 Jul 14, 2022

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.

advies EESC: Sustainable products initiative, including Eco-design Directive

Opinion
Goedgekeurd on 09/06/2021
Referentie: 
INT/903-EESC-2020

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.

advies EESC: No Green Deal without a Social Deal

Opinion
Goedgekeurd on 16/09/2020
Referentie: 
INT/898-EESC-2020

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).

advies EESC: SME strategy

Downloads: 

• Position paper "Strengthening SMEs: Way Forward to a Dedicated SME Strategy"

Opinion
Goedgekeurd on 15/07/2020
Referentie: 
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).

advies EESC: Recovery plan for Europe and the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027

Opinion
Goedgekeurd on 15/07/2020
Referentie: 
INT/897-EESC-2020

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 .

advies EESC: Industrial strategy

Opinion
Goedgekeurd on 17/07/2019
Referentie: 
TEN/695-EESC-2019-01938

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

Opinion
Goedgekeurd on 19/09/2018
Referentie: 
INT/863-EESC-2018-02860-00-00-AC-TRA

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.

advies EESC: Vehicle safety / protection of vulnerable road users

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