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Prijaté on 20/01/2016
Referenčné dokumenty: 
ECO/385-EESC-2015-04971-00-01-ac-tra
Plenárne zasadnutie: 
513 -
Jan 20, 2016 Jan 21, 2016

The EESC welcomes the proposals to establish a system of "simple, transparent and standardised" securitisation (STS securitisations), that should enable significant additional resources to be generated for bank funding. That is very important, for SMEs and households in particular. There should be clarity as to the risk involved and who bears that risk, taking account of the whole chain from the issuer to the investor. It is important now is that the mistakes of the past are not repeated. Small investors and consumers should not have access to securitisation due to the complexity and risk involved, the Committee calls for a formal prohibition to be explicitly included in the texts.

EESC opinion: Legal framework for securitisation

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The Capital Markets Union Package - European Parliament

Prijaté on 27/04/2016
Referenčné dokumenty: 
SOC/532-EESC-2016-00262-00-00-ac-tra
Plenárne zasadnutie: 
516 -
Apr 27, 2016 Apr 28, 2016

EU Member States face the arrival of many refugees, who need to be integrated into the host societies once their protected status is granted. The EESC is convinced that integration is a necessity for the preservation of social cohesion. This exploratory opinion, drawn up at the request of the Dutch Presidency of the EU, clarifies the meaning of "integration" and looks at comparability with previous refugee movements, successful integration measures applied in the various EU member states, and the financing of integration measures for refugees, resulting in a set of best practices and recommendations.

EESC opinion: Integration of refugees in the EU

Prijaté on 04/07/2016
Referenčné dokumenty: 
CCMI/141-EESC-0000

The EESC appreciates the coherent and ambitious strategic vision in industrial policy being displayed in the Communication and its focus on four key issues: (1) technologies and platforms; (2) standards and reference architectures; (3) geographic cohesion, embodied in a network of regional Innovation Hubs; (4) skills at all levels.

Industry 4.0 and digital transformation: Where to go

Prijaté on 15/04/2016
Referenčné dokumenty: 
REX/449-EESC-0000

The European Commission review of EU trade strategy is timely in the first year of a new Commission.

 

The intense public interest that has been aroused by the TTIP negotiations between the EU and the US demonstrates that trade is no longer an esoteric matter nor the concern of those few who are sufficiently involved to master the finer, highly technical detail that trade involves. It is now a popular issue and part of the public agenda, but because of its technicalities it is also open to wide misunderstanding.

Trade for All – Towards a more responsible trade and investment policy

Prijaté on 23/02/2017
Referenčné dokumenty: 
NAT/689-EESC-2016

This exploratory opinion was drawn up at the request of the European Commission in the framework of the mid-term evaluation of the LIFE programme over the 2014-2020 period. It reiterates the support of the European civil society in favour of an independent budget line dedicated to the environment and looks at possible options for improving LIFE after 2020.

EESC opinion: Mid-term evaluation of the LIFE programme

Prijaté on 15/02/2017
Referenčné dokumenty: 
REX/478-EESC-0000
Plenárne zasadnutie: 
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Feb 22, 2017 Feb 23, 2017

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) believes that the European Agenda on Migration should be designed so as to take into full consideration the humanitarian dimension of its scope, and the EU should not forget its fundamental commitments and legally binding rules to protect lives and human rights, especially of people in danger. The EESC supports the vision to provide a long-term response to migration, addressing the root causes of migration and creating a dialogue with third countries based on cooperation and shared responsibility. Tailored and specific agreements with each country, with full respect of human rights are also supporter. Flexibility provides the right perspective and combination of actions and incentives.

EESC opinion: EESC Opinion - Establishing a new Partnership Framework with third countries under the European Agenda on Migration

Prijaté on 27/04/2017
Referenčné dokumenty: 
SOC/556-EESC-2016-06889-00-00-ac-tra
Plenárne zasadnutie: 
525 -
Apr 26, 2017 Apr 27, 2017

The EESC considers the intention to create ETIAS as a currently inevitable step corresponding to the threats caused by external and internal circumstances. ETIAS should be based on the right balance between risks and safety, at the same time avoiding increased administrative burdens and barriers for people travelling to the EU. The Committee stresses that ETIAS should fully respect the fundamental rights of applicants and avoid any discrimination. All data gathered by the system must be protected and access to it should be strictly limited. All applicants should be allowed to use the services of intermediaries to obtain the travel authorisation, if needed. However, the costs charged by these intermediaries for their services should be monitored and evaluated by EU delegations in the third countries.

EESC opinion: European travel information and authorisation system (ETIAS)

Prijaté on 18/10/2017
Referenčné dokumenty: 
SC/48-EESC-2017-01690-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenárne zasadnutie: 
529 -
Oct 18, 2017 Oct 19, 2017

This Committee opinion, prepared in response to the commission's request, has taken stock of the views of European stakeholders on how EU policies and regulatory action can use sustainable economic models to transition successfully towards economic modernisation by reconciling economic prosperity and efficiency, social inclusion and environmental responsibility.

EESC opinion: New sustainable economic models

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Presentation of Arthur ten Wold, Manager of De Groene Zaak

Presentation of Leon de Graaf, Advisor environmental and climate policy, BusinessEurope

Presentation of Aileen Koerfer, Services Policy Officer UNIEuropa

Presentation of Diego Isabel La Moneda, Global Hub for the Common Good

Prijaté on 20/09/2017
Referenčné dokumenty: 
INT/816-EESC-2017-01370-00-01-AC-TRA
Plenárne zasadnutie: 
528 -
Sep 20, 2017 Sep 21, 2017

The EESC believes that equal access to healthcare, one of the main objectives of health policies, can benefit from digital support provided certain conditions are met: equal geographical coverage; bridging the digital divide; interoperability among the various components of the digital architecture (databases, medical devices); and protection of health data which must under no circumstances be used to the detriment of patients. The EESC highlights the need to develop and facilitate people's digital health literacy to encourage a critical approach to health information and to support the development of a nomenclature of reimbursable treatments and wellbeing services

EESC opinion: Digital healthcare / health insurance

Prijaté on 14/02/2018
Referenčné dokumenty: 
SC/50-EESC-2017-05429-00-00-ac-tra

This opinion is on the Annual Growth Survey 2018 (AGS), which establishes the main economic priorities and provides policy guidance for the following year. The European Commission published the 2018 AGS on 22 November 2017 as part of the European Semester Autumn Package. The 2018 AGS is focused on fostering job creation and growth and establishes three main priorities: boosting investment to support the recovery and to increase long-term growth; structural reforms for inclusive growth, upward convergence and competitiveness; responsible fiscal policies to support sustainability and convergence.

EESC opinion: Annual Growth Survey 2018

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