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Adotados on 14/02/2018
Referência: 
ECO/401-EESC-2017-02368-00-01-ac-tra
Reunião plenária: 
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Feb 14, 2018 Feb 15, 2018

The Committee recommends that future crises in the European Union should be managed by striving for a better balance between fiscal and social objectives and urges the Commission to design "supplementary economic and social recovery" programmes, to be applied at the same time as or at the end of an adjustment programme. The EESC recommends that in any future crises situation, the EU Institutions should be solely responsible for developing and implementing the adjustment programmes and stresses that social partners and representatives of civil society must be included in the programme's monitoring and assessment panel, on an equal footing with representatives of the EU, the ECB and other bodies.

 

Parecer do CESE: Lessons learned for avoiding the severity of austerity policies in the EU

Adotados on 18/04/2018
Referência: 
CCMI/152-EESC-2017

The European maritime technology industry is an important sector in terms of employment, directly providing more than 500 000 jobs. Shipyards and firms manufacturing marine equipment make a significant contribution to the economic development of the regions where they are located, and across the entire supply chain, which is particularly important to SMEs. Each direct job in a European shipyard means, on average, seven jobs created in the region.

LeaderSHIP 2020 maritime technology

Adotados on 19/04/2018
Referência: 
ECO/446-EESC-2017-05489-00-00-ac-tra
Reunião plenária: 
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Apr 18, 2018 Apr 19, 2018

The EESC appreciates the proposed roadmap for completing the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) but its support is not full and enthusiastic, since a number of social, political and economic issues, highlighted in our previous opinions, were not taken into consideration. The completion of the EMU requires first of all strong political commitment, efficient governance and better use of the available finances, in order to actually cope with both risk reduction and risk sharing among Member States. For these reasons the EESC underlines that the principles of responsibility and solidarity at EU level should go hand in hand.

Parecer do CESE: Economic and Monetary Union Package

Adotados on 11/07/2018
Referência: 
ECO/454-EESC-2018-01056-00-00-AC-TRA

The EESC supports the Commission's Fin Tech Action Plan and considers that the development of FinTech can deliver a number of benefits to both European businesses and their clients. Measures included in the action plan on improving cyber security and the resilience of the financial sector are important, but should be supplemented by rules to ensure uniformity in the development of FinTech in the EU. Similarly, the Committee believes that the level of regulation for FinTech should be equivalent to that in the financial sector.

The EESC calls on the Commission to identify possible rules for companies offering cloud services with regard to their responsibility for securing the data they host.

Parecer do CESE: Financial Technology (FinTech) (communication)

Adotados on 19/09/2018
Referência: 
INT/851-EESC-2018

The EESC believes that AI and automation processes have enormous potential to improve European society in terms of innovation and positive transformation, but they also pose significant challenges, risks and concerns.

Parecer do CESE: Artificial intelligence for Europe (communication)

Adotados on 17/10/2018
Referência: 
ECO/461-EESC-2018-02791

The EESC strongly rejects the Commission's proposal to cut the EU's budget by 10% in real terms and urges the Member States (MS) to find solutions that allow this budget to be kept at the same level as the 2014-2020 programming period.

Parecer do CESE: Common Provisions Regulation 2021-2027

Adotados on 17/03/2016
Referência: 
ECO/394-EESC-2015-06709-00-00-ac-tra
Reunião plenária: 
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Mar 16, 2016 Mar 17, 2016

The Commission communication on Steps towards completing EMU can provide a great opportunity to launch a debate at political level and with civil society to draw up conclusive proposals which go further than the current ones. It would be more useful to draw up a proposal for the European Semester as part of a comprehensive agreement on economic governance that goes beyond the status quo, changing macroconditionality and strengthening the Interparliamentary Conference. Democratic legitimacy is not tackled seriously by any of the Commission's operational proposals. The tripartite social dialogue could contribute to this matter. On the basis of its own roadmap, the EESC is committed to putting forward, possibly with the Commission, a plan on stage two (Completing EMU 2017-2025) to discuss these issues in the Member States, beginning with the euro area countries.

Parecer do CESE: Steps towards Completing EMU

Adotados on 06/07/2017
Referência: 
INT/787-EESC-2016-EESC-2016-03121-00-00-AC
Reunião plenária: 
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Jul 05, 2017 Jul 06, 2017

 

In its Opinion, the EESC draws attention to significant inefficiencies still existing in both the formulation and implementation of SME policies, warns against a bureaucratic approach still prevalent in EU policies and calls for a visible, coordinated and consistent horizontal policy for SMEs, based on a multiannual action plan. The EESC also proposes that the Commission assess whether the current definition of SMEs corresponds to their heterogeneity, sectoral dynamics, specific features and diversity during the last decade.

Parecer do CESE: Effectiveness of policies for SMEs

Adotados on 16/03/2016
Referência: 
TEN/586-EESC-2016
Reunião plenária: 
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Mar 16, 2016 Mar 17, 2016

The EESC welcomes the Commission's proposal to amend Regulation (EC) No 1406/2002 establishing a European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), as it fits in with general efforts to monitor the EU's external maritime borders much more effectively than in the past. However, it would once again stress that time is of the essence in implementing the proposed measures.

The Committee welcomes the proposal to expand the activities of EMSA; however, it has serious doubts as to whether EMSA has the human and financial resources to perform these additional activities properly.

Parecer do CESE: European Maritime Safety Agency

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