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Sprejeta on 30/10/2019
Referenca: 
SOC/618-EESC-2019
Plenarno zasedanje: 
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Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

The EESC echoes the European Parliament's call to phase out all investor schemes and recommends that until then certain mitigation measures are put in place. Member States should be urged to apply a due diligence process without specific duration restrictions and adapted to the high-risk profile of applicants. A coordination mechanism should allow Member States to exchange information on successful and rejected applications for citizenship and residence permits. All agents and intermediaries providing services to applicants should be subject to anti-money-laundering rules as set out in the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive. The EU should encourage all agents providing services to applicants to be accredited and subject to a code of conduct. Authorities should maintain primary responsibility for accepting or rejecting applicants. Authorities must also maintain a set of measures to avoid conflicts of interest or bribery risks.

Mnenje EESO: Investor Citizenship and Residence Schemes in the European Union

Sprejeta on 30/10/2019
Referenca: 
INT/885-EESC-2019
Plenarno zasedanje: 
547 -
Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

Blockchain technology contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), empowers citizens, boosts entrepreneurship and innovation, improves mobility and cross-border opportunities for businesses while enhancing transparency for consumers. However, several challenges still remain to be addressed, in particular the urgent matter of providing legal clarity and certainty and protecting privacy.

Mnenje EESO: Blockchain and the EU Single Market: what next? (own-initiative opinion)

Sprejeta on 30/10/2019
Referenca: 
TEN/700-EESC-2019-03626
Plenarno zasedanje: 
547 -
Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

The EESC welcomes the initiative of the European Commission (EC) to launch the assessment of the draft National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) submitted by the Member States, thereby following up on the new governance model launched by the Council and the Parliament in December 2018 and aimed at ensuring the transition to clean energy and climate protection through a multilevel interactive dialogue which fully involves civil society and public and private entities at local and regional level. The EU is the first major global economy to adopt, through specific National Energy and Climate Plans, a legally binding framework to deliver on its 2015 commitments under the COP21 Paris Agreement and the UN 2030 Agenda.

Mnenje EESO: Integrated national energy and climate plans

Sprejeta on 30/10/2019
Referenca: 
CCMI/169-EESC-2019
Plenarno zasedanje: 
547 -
Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

Digitalisation is on everyone’s lips, often spoken of as an irresistible force for change. We are told that in its scale, speed and complexity, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) is unlike anything humankind has experienced before. These changes are transforming the nature of work and the individual behaviour of users in Europe without regard for the role and place of the human factor.

Mnenje EESO: Ensure inclusive sectoral transition to a digitalised rail industry (own-initiative opinion)

Sprejeta on 30/10/2019
Referenca: 
ECO/496-EESC-2019-02530
Plenarno zasedanje: 
547 -
Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

The EESC supports the Commission's aim of ensuring equal treatment, for VAT purposes, for armed forces of Member States working together within an EU framework and NATO armed forces employed in the EU, which already benefit from VAT exemption. The Committee suggests that different national tax authorities should have one system under which the new exemptions are implemented.

Mnenje EESO: VAT and excise duty exemption for defence efforts

Sprejeta on 30/10/2019
Referenca: 
INT/889-EESC-2019-04496-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenarno zasedanje: 
547 -
Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) was created in 2008 by Regulation (EC) No 294/2008. Its mission is to respond to major societal challenges by improving the EU's innovation capabilities and performance. Every seven years, the Commission has to submit a proposal for a Strategic Innovation Programme (SIP) which sets out the priority areas and the long-term strategy for the EIT's action, as well as its financial needs.

Mnenje EESO: Strategic Innovation Agenda of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) 2021-2027

Sprejeta on 30/10/2019
Referenca: 
NAT/759-EESC-2019-00097
Plenarno zasedanje: 
547 -
Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

In this exploratory opinion, prepared at the request of the European Commission, the EESC provides its contribution to how environmental laws could be better supported at EU and national level and suggest ways to enhance the role of civil society in the framework of the EIR process.

Mnenje EESO: A more constructive role for civil society in implementing environmental law (Exploratory opinion at the request of the European Commission)

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