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Adotados on 17/10/2018
Referência: 
CCMI/158-EESC-2018
Reunião plenária: 
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Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The aeronautical industry is one of the EU's key high-tech sectors in the global market. The industry directly employs 500 000 people in high quality jobs (1 million adding indirect jobs) and consists of an ecosystem of large and small companies covering the entire spectrum of aeronautics. (Source: ASD Facts and Figures)

The EU aeronautical industry is a technological leader in its field and currently has a market share of about one third of the global market. The industry provides a positive contribution to the EU trade balance (EUR 46 billion in EU exports). (Source: ASD Facts and Figures)

This leadership should not be taken for granted since the industry faces many challenges.

Parecer do CESE: Future challenges and industrial change facing the EU Aerospace Sector (own-initiative opinion)

Adotados on 19/09/2018
Referência: 
INT/853-EESC-2018-02126-00-00-AC-TRA

The EESC agrees with the European Commission about the need to modernise and simplify EU consumer policy and considers that the new legislative package contributes to bridging the gap created by the exponential growth of e-commerce, undermining consumer confidence and causing distortions to the single market.

Parecer do CESE: A New Deal for Consumers

Adotados on 27/04/2016
Referência: 
INT/775-EESC-2015-06292-00-00-AC-TRA
Reunião plenária: 
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Apr 27, 2016 Apr 28, 2016

In this Opinion on two proposals for directives (on supply of digital content and online sales), the Committee disagrees with the legal basis chosen by the Commission and proposes Article 169 TFEU instead; as a consequence, the Committee thinks that the measures adopted should be based on minimum harmonisation and would have preferred the use of a regulation instead of a directive.

Parecer do CESE: Digital contract rights

Adotados on 22/02/2017
Referência: 
SOC/537-EESC-2016-00747-00-01-ac-tra
Reunião plenária: 
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Feb 22, 2017 Feb 23, 2017

The EESC advocates the creation of an integrated European fund to combat poverty and social exclusion, based on the experiences of the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) and the European Social Fund (ESF). The current use of the ESF and the FEAD in the Member States should be monitored more effectively and the process should involve civil society organisations. Member States should make greater use of global grants and regranting, and treat in-kind contributions on an equal footing with financial contributions. A greater share of the resources allocated to operational programmes should be earmarked for projects with smaller budgets. The EESC is ready to develop – in cooperation with CSOs – a consultation platform to ensure better coordination of ESF and FEAD interventions and to enable discussion on the basic principles of a future integrated EU fund.

Parecer do CESE: Funding effectiveness / fighting poverty and social exclusion

Adotados on 14/12/2016
Referência: 
ECO/404-EESC-2016-00828-00-00-ac-tra
Reunião plenária: 
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Dec 14, 2016 Dec 15, 2016

The Committee considers transparency essential as it is important for all parties, for the companies themselves, and for improving their image and boosting the trust of workers, consumers and investors. While the EESC recognises that most companies operating in the EU are indeed transparent and that investors and shareholders are increasingly paying attention to qualitative corporate social responsibility (CSR) indicators, it is important to focus simultaneously on both the effectiveness and scope of the information being filed and on its quality and veracity. The EESC believes that any further initiative on disclosure of information should include a common set of indicators and at the same time should take into consideration the nature of the company and the sector in which it is operating.

Parecer do CESE: An appropriate framework for the transparency of companies

Adotados on 19/10/2016
Referência: 
TEN/600-EESC-2016
Reunião plenária: 
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Oct 19, 2016 Oct 20, 2016

The EESC supports the Commission's initiatives to achieve "roam-like-at-home" from 15 June 2017 as well as its efforts to eliminate the failures of the wholesale roaming market.

However, pre-emptive measures will be necessary to prevent operators from compensating for the drop in revenue resulting from the abolition of roaming charges by increasing domestic charges or by means of other improper practices. The EESC also expresses serious reservations about the new possibility given to operators to negotiate "innovative wholesale pricing schemes" outside the regulated prices (caps) that would not be directly linked to the actual volumes consumed. Commercial negotiations based on flat payments are likely to lead to cartels and abuses of dominant positions.

Parecer do CESE: Review of the wholesale roaming market in the EU

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The review of national wholesale roaming markets and the Roaming Regulation

Adotados on 29/03/2017
Referência: 
ECO/418-EESC-2016-05508-00-00-ac-tra
Reunião plenária: 
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Mar 29, 2017 Mar 30, 2017

In the opinion on "Inclusive Islands" drawn up at the request of the Maltese Presidency of the EU, the EESC identifies permanent solutions for islands to address their structural difficulties. Europe's islands are home to over 21 million people. They account for approximately 4% of the EU-28's total population. There is therefore an urgent need for the adoption of an integrated policy framework to address the economic, social and territorial cohesion issues faced by European islands. The EESC calls for a greater effort to be undertaken by the EU to recognise the uniqueness of the challenges facing islands.

Parecer do CESE: Inclusive islands

Adotados on 08/02/2018
Referência: 
REX/476-EESC

Turkey’s geographical position makes it a first reception and transit country for many refugees and migrants. As the result of an unprecedented influx of people seeking refuge, the country currently hosts more than 2.7 million registered Syrian refugees and is making commendable efforts to provide them with humanitarian aid and support. The EU is committed to assist Turkey in dealing with this challenge.

 

Parecer do CESE: The role of Turkey in the refugee crisis

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