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Sprejeta on 17/10/2018
Referenca: 
INT/861-EESC-2018

The EESC supports the EU in its efforts to remain a major independent space power and agrees with it acquiring financial resources commensurate with its ambitions.

The EESC also welcomes the importance attached to "space surveillance and tracking" and to the Govsatcom system, calls for close attention to be given to the project of extracting and retrieving natural resources outside the earth's orbit (space mining) and proposes an appropriate campaign, so that citizens realise the added value of European space activities, which are present in their daily lives.

Mnenje EESO: European Space Programme

Sprejeta on 17/10/2018
Referenca: 
TEN/677-EESC-2018

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) welcomes the fact that the European Commission has established a Digital Europe programme, which underscores the intention to make Europe a leading player in digitalisation and to increase its economic strength and competitiveness on the world stage. The aim of the Digital Europe programme is to enable a digital single market and to shape the digital transformation in a positive way for all citizens of Europe.

Mnenje EESO: Digital Europe programme

Sprejeta on 17/10/2018
Referenca: 
SOC/600-EESC-2018-03636-00-02-AC-TRA

The EESC welcomes the new funds, very different to each other, that will give continuity to the work undertaken, and approves of the increase in their financial allocation. Equal treatment and anti-discrimination policies represent the pillars of European policies, including those concerning the integration of third-country nationals. The removal of the word "integration" from the title is worrying, as this could be seen as reflecting diminishing concern for this aspect. The Committee welcomes the importance given to flexibility in both funds, as this entails acknowledging the importance of better reflecting the needs of each Member States within the framework of joint action.

Mnenje EESO: Asylum and Migration Fund (AMF) and Integrated Border Management Fund

Sprejeta on 17/10/2018
Referenca: 
TEN/666-EESC-2018

The EESC welcomes the Third Mobility Package, however, it notes that the Commission's proposal is limited almost exclusively to road transport. In order to develop effectively sustainable and safe mobility, a more ambitious project needs to be developed, taking all available forms of transport into consideration, with a particular focus on intermodality in freight and passenger transport.

Mnenje EESO: Sustainable mobility for Europe (Communication)

Sprejeta on 17/10/2018
Referenca: 
SOC/597-EESC-2018-02962-00-00-AC-TRA

The EESC welcomes the proposal for the ESF+ to improve merge funds and simplify procedures, but is critical of a financial cut in EU cohesion policy, and, as regards the ESF+, of the 6% decrease of the funding allocated to it. It calls for 30% of total resources for economic, social and territorial cohesion policies to be allocated to the ESF+ and for 30% of the ESF+ resources to be earmarked for social inclusion measures.

Mnenje EESO: European Social Fund+

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Follow-up to SOC/537 Tackling poverty and social exclusion

Sprejeta on 17/10/2018
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ECO/471-EESC-2018-2774-00-00

The EESC welcomes these proposals on sovereign bond-backed securities (SBBSs), which fit into the broader context of completing the Banking Union and building a Capital Markets Union (CMU). Moreover, the proposals also have the potential to make a positive contribution to financial stability and resilience. The EESC has been strongly advocating a weakening of the link between banks and their home countries ("sovereigns") and therefore welcomes that SBBSs aim to contribute to this. The EESC considers that in conceptual terms, the idea of SBBSs is an attractive one and feels that the only way to find out whether banks will switch from bonds from their home countries to SBBSs for their investments and whether investors will be prepared to buy "junior" tranches in sufficient quantities to justify the creation of SBBSs, is to test this new financial instrument - the SBBS - on the market.

Mnenje EESO: EU sovereign bond-backed securities (SBBS)

Sprejeta on 17/10/2018
Referenca: 
ECO/472-EESC-2018-3054

The EESC welcomes and endorses the rationale behind the establishment of the Reform Support Programme. However, the EESC believes that, in order to launch the programme successfully and obtain the expected benefits, better responses are needed to a number of still open questions.

 

Mnenje EESO: Reform Support Programme

Sprejeta on 17/10/2018
Referenca: 
ECO/473-EESC-2018-3003-00-00-AC-TRA

The EESC considers the proposed European Investment Stabilisation Function (EISF) as a step towards closer euro area integration, and possibly an attempt to encourage non-euro Member States to join the single currency. However, the EESC is of the view that a well-crafted union-wide insurance scheme that acts as an automatic stabiliser amidst macroeconomic shocks would be more effective than the proposed EISF.

 

Mnenje EESO: European Investment Stabilisation Function

Sprejeta on 17/10/2018
Referenca: 
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.

Mnenje EESO: Common Provisions Regulation 2021-2027

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