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Adotados on 19/09/2018
Referência: 
TEN/672-EESC-2018

The EESC advocates for a stronger budget for the Connecting Europe Facility for after 2020.

The EESC recommends that the European Commission and the Member States further encourage synergies at project level between the three sectors, which are currently limited because of the rigidity of the budgetary framework as regards the eligibility of projects and of costs.

The EESC urges the co-legislators to maintain the commitment in the previous CEF regulation to spend "the major part" of the energy budget on electricity projects.

The EESC recommends that the financial capacity of the CEF programme under the next MFF should be increased and better balanced between the three sectors in order to maintain high credibility and attractiveness for investors.

Parecer do CESE: Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)

Adotados on 06/12/2017
Referência: 
SOC/529-EESC-2017-02275-00-01-AC-TRA
Reunião plenária: 
530 -
Dec 06, 2017 Dec 07, 2017

The EESC thinks the "work-life balance" package is a step in the right direction, to be further analysed and be improved in the future. Social partners throughout Europe should be encouraged to examine additional practical solutions to promote a work-life balance that suits the specificities of workplaces, particularly in SMEs. Moreover, there is need for investment in high-quality, affordable and available care services and facilities for all families, as well as for tax deductions that help working parents to continue working.

Parecer do CESE: Work-life balance of working parents and caregivers

Adotados on 19/10/2016
Referência: 
TEN/583-EESC-2016
Reunião plenária: 
520 -
Oct 19, 2016 Oct 20, 2016

The EESC takes the view that the general development of distributed prosumer energy should form an important and sustainable part of the European Union’s energy policy. Such an approach would be beneficial and might even be necessary from the point of view of energy security and in light of environmental and social concerns. In particular, the Committee points to the prosumers’ advantages of, among others, lower energy transmission costs, better use of local energy sources, and the economic and social involvement of local communities.

Parecer do CESE: Prosumer Energy and Prosumer Power Cooperatives: Opportunities and challenges in the EU countries

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A 2020 Vision for Europe's Energy customers

Working Group report “Consumers as Energy Market Actors”

Adotados on 25/01/2017
Referência: 
SOC/542-EESC-01902-00-04-ac
Reunião plenária: 
522 -
Jan 25, 2017 Jan 26, 2017

The EESC adopted this opinion after in-depth work carried out during the four meetings of the study group. The opinion also reflects the national debates with civil society organisations carried out in all Member States between 2 September and 2 November 2016. These discussions were coordinated by three members of the EESC ('trios') from the country concerned, often in cooperation with the European Commission (15 debates) or the national economic and social council (7 debates). Participants came from a wide range of employers' and trade union organisations and other civil society organisations, as well as, to a lesser extent, from the academic world. A total of 116 EESC members and nearly 1,800 representatives of civil society organisations participated in the 28 debates. The conclusions/recommendations of the national debates have been grouped in the opinion, while the reports on the national debates will be published separately.

Parecer do CESE: European Pillar of Social Rights - SOC/542

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Relevant Eurofound publications, non-exhaustive chronological list

Adotados on 22/02/2017
Referência: 
SOC/546-EESC-2016-04474-00-00-ac-tra
Reunião plenária: 
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Feb 22, 2017 Feb 23, 2017

The EESC welcomes the New Skills Agenda for Europe. However, it wishes to see more innovative solutions in the fields of education and skills development, as Europe needs a genuine paradigm shift in the goals and functioning of the education sector. The EESC considers that helping individuals to acquire a minimum set of skills is not enough, and that it is crucial to ensure that a Skills Guarantee becomes a guaranteed pathway that enables people to advance and reach the highest achievable level of skills. The Committee calls for more focus on social and gender perspectives, non-formal and informal learning and entrepreneurship as a life skill. It also regrets the lack of new financing to back up the Agenda and encourages more dialogue with organised civil society.

Parecer do CESE: New skills agenda

Adotados on 31/05/2017
Referência: 
INT/806-EESC-2016-05369-00-00-AC-TRA
Reunião plenária: 
526 -
May 31, 2017 Jun 01, 2017

Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies offer great potential for creating new and innovative solutions to improve peoples lives, grow the economy, and address challenges in health and wellbeing, climate change, safety and security.

Like any disruptive technology, however, AI carries risks and presents complex societal challenges in several areas such as labour, safety, privacy, ethics, skills and so on.

A broad approach towards AI, covering all its effects (good and bad) on society as a whole, is crucial. Especially in a time where developments are accellerating.

Parecer do CESE: Artificial intelligence

Adotados on 26/04/2017
Referência: 
TEN/616-EESC-2017
Reunião plenária: 
525 -
Apr 26, 2017 Apr 27, 2017

The EESC proposes an EU Platform For Change ("Platform"), to address gender equality in transport, initially prioritising increasing women's employability in the sector. This initial objective could later be supplemented by including "women as users". Membership could include, but not exclusively, EU- and national-level representative bodies of policy makers, the transport industries, their trade unions, media, passenger organisations and NGOs willing to commit to concrete actions to address gender inequality in transport.

Parecer do CESE: Women and transport – Platform for Change

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She Moves - Women's Issues in Transportation

Adotados on 20/09/2017
Referência: 
ECO/430-EESC-2017-00528-00-00-ac-tra
Reunião plenária: 
528 - Sep 20, 2017

The Committee calls on the Member States to step up their efforts in combatting aggressive tax planning, along with tax avoidance that could lead to significant losses of revenue for Member States' budgets. The EESC believes that the harmonisation and simplification of tax rules should be a priority for the Member States and that the elimination of tax barriers should go hand in hand with these harmonisation efforts. The Committee proposes to extend the common consolidated corporate tax base (CCCTB) and recommends that Member States to look for solutions to implement the recommendations of the High Level Group on Own Resources. Finally, the EESC feels that the introduction of qualified majority voting in the field of direct taxation could support better the efforts to harmonise the rules on establishing the tax base for the main taxes.

Parecer do CESE: Tax system for competition/growth

Adotados on 18/01/2018
Referência: 
ECO/436-EESC-2017-03232-00-00-ac-tra
Reunião plenária: 
531 -
Jan 17, 2018 Jan 18, 2018

The EESC welcomes and supports the European Commission's decision to tackle the problem of intermediaries enabling aggressive tax planning. The Committee notes that the related administrative costs must be reduced to the furthest extent possible for all sizes of businesses and stresses that the taxpayer carries the ultimate responsibility to comply with the proposed directive. 

Parecer do CESE: Disincentives to tax avoidance or evasion

Adotados on 19/04/2018
Referência: 
REX/498-EESC-2017
Reunião plenária: 
534 -
Apr 18, 2018 Apr 19, 2018

The EU has one of the world's most open investment regimes, and collectively EU Member States have the fewest restrictions in the world on foreign direct investment (FDI). The OECD expressly acknowledged this in its FDI Regulatory Restrictiveness Index which measures statutory barriers against foreign investment in over 60 countries.

The Commission's reflection paper of 10 May 2017 on Harnessing Globalisation recognised increasing concerns about foreign investors' strategic acquisitions of European companies with key technologies. These concerns called into question the capacity of the current regulatory framework to address them.

Parecer do CESE: Screening of foreign direct investments into the European Union

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