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Sprejeta on 27/04/2016
Referenca: 
NAT/676-EESC-2016-00042-00-01-AC-TRA
Plenarno zasedanje: 
516 -
Apr 27, 2016 Apr 28, 2016

The EESC fully backs the objective of switching to a greener, resource-efficient and circular economy. It is happy to see that the Commission has come forward with a broader set of proposals covering all the stages of the product lifecycle compared to the previous circular economy package; however, it raises concern over the lower level of ambition, which is likely to lead to lower economic and environmental benefits.

EESC opinion: Circular Economy Package

Sprejeta on 13/07/2016
Referenca: 
ECO/406-EESC-2016-02343-00-01-ac-tra
Plenarno zasedanje: 
518 -
Jul 13, 2016 Jul 14, 2016

The EESC welcomes the "Action Plan on VAT", and calls for a  definitive VAT system that is clear, consistent, robust and comprehensive, as well as proportionate and future-proof. The Committee  welcomes the strong focus on closing the VAT gap and tackling the susceptibility of VAT to fraud. There should be results delivered without delay, including by improving cooperation between tax administrations. “Bona fide” enterprises should be protected and no new excessive measures should be imposed on them. The future system of reduced rates must combine flexibility and legal certainty, be transparent, and for the sake of simplicity the number of reduced rates and exemptions must be limited.

EESC opinion: Action Plan on VAT

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VAT Action Plan - Measures to modernise VAT in the EU - Bertrand LAPALUS - DG TAXUD

Sprejeta on 19/10/2016
Referenca: 
INT/801-EESC-2016-04511-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenarno zasedanje: 
520 -
Oct 19, 2016 Oct 20, 2016

While supporting the pilot project to set up a financial expertise centre for consumers and end-users of financial services, the EESC feels it would be useful to call for a number of conditions to be met: legitimacy, financial independence, transparency and accountability, public visibility, as well as balance between financial sector professionals and users.

EESC opinion: Involvement of consumers / financial services

Sprejeta on 06/07/2017
Referenca: 
TEN/605-EESC-2016
Plenarno zasedanje: 
527 -
Jul 05, 2017 Jul 06, 2017

EESC opinion: Application of State aid rules for compensating the provision of services of general economic interest (Decision 2012/21/UE and Community Framework)

Sprejeta on 18/10/2017
Referenca: 
SC/47-EESC-2016

This own-initiative opinion is a joint proposal of the two EESC bodies with a cross cutting and horizontal approach: the SDO and the Europe 2020 Steering Committee (SC).

EESC opinion: The transition towards a more sustainable European future

Sprejeta on 07/12/2017
Referenca: 
REX/486-EESC-2017
Plenarno zasedanje: 
530 -
Dec 06, 2017 Dec 07, 2017

The 2030 UN Agenda, or the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, will be one of the top global priorities over the next 15 years, yet it received very little mention in the Commission Communication "Trade for all". Trade is specifically mentioned with regard to nine SDGs (but only once in the MDGs). UNCTAD estimate that, to meet the 17 goals and the 169 targets, at least an extra US$2.5 trillion a year will need to be found - effectively from the private sector. This opinion would seek to look into this further and aim to evaluate how much of that will need to come through trade and investment.

EESC opinion: The core role of trade and investment in meeting and implementing the SDGs

Sprejeta on 19/10/2017
Referenca: 
ECO/438-EESC-2017-02879-00-00-ac-tra
Plenarno zasedanje: 
529 -
Oct 18, 2017 Oct 19, 2017

This opinion is part of a wider package of four EESC opinions on the future of the European economy (Deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union and Euro area economic policy, Capital Markets Union and The future of EU finances). The package of opinions underscores the need for a common sense of purpose in the Union governance, which goes far beyond technical approaches and measures, and is first and foremost a matter of political will and a common perspective. Against this background the Committee advocates the exploration of tools to improve economic governance in the EMU, for instance by creating a permanent Euro Finance Minister, while ensuring full democratic accountability. Bundling competences would enhance coherence of EMU policies.

EESC opinion: Deepening EMU by 2025

Sprejeta on 19/04/2018
Referenca: 
SOC/569-EESC-2017-05796-00-00-ac-tra
Plenarno zasedanje: 
534 -
Apr 18, 2018 Apr 19, 2018

In its opinion, the EESC acknowledges the positive role that apprenticeships can play in improving employability and providing for skills that are relevant to the labour market, for both young persons and adults. The Committee appreciates the fact that Member States are invited to promote the active involvement of social partners regarding apprenticeship schemes. Furthermore, the Committee also believes that apprentices themselves and other relevant stakeholders – such as youth and parent organisations and students' unions should also be actively involved. Also, the EESC considers that apprentices should be able to influence their learning experience, to create more productive learning experiences. The EESC also calls for initiatives that explore the potential of transnational mobility of apprentices in the EU.

EESC opinion: EU Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships

Sprejeta on 18/05/2018
Referenca: 
NAT/727-EESC-2018

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - The Future of Food and Farming

EESC opinion: The future of food and farming

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Position paper Birdlife

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