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847 Amendments of Atidzhe ALIEVA-VELI

Amendment 12 #

2021/2239(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B a (new)
Ba. whereas Regulation (EU) 2018/848 on organic production and labelling of organic products obliges farmers to comply with a conversion period during which they have to apply all rules on organic production; whereas this period may last up to 3 years; whereas farmers during this period have to bear higher costs of production without benefiting from higher market prices for organic products;
2021/12/15
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 25 #

2021/2239(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D
D. whereas it is essential to ensure that consumers and food services are in a position to make informed choices when purchasing food;
2021/12/15
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 37 #

2021/2239(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital F a (new)
Fa. whereas organic farming has a potential to contribute to environmental protection and biodiversity and at the same time revitalise rural areas, creating employment, supporting the sustainability of small farms, bringing consumers and producers closer, enhancing the connections with the local economy and stimulating positive economic multipliers;
2021/12/15
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 73 #

2021/2239(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Underlines that the development and growth of the organic sector must be accompanied by market-driven and accompanied by holistic supply chain developments as well as measures to stimulate further the demand for organic food and ensure consumer trust, in order to safeguard the future profitability of the organic market and organic farming in the EU;
2021/12/15
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 76 #

2021/2239(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. Highlights that stimulating agricultural sustainability and resilience of the EU foodsystem should be a priority; underlines that co-existence of different farming systems is important as diversity is key to food system security and resilience and benefits sustainable development; points out that there is no single farming model that fits all countries and regions and stresses that the benefits of the different sustainable farming models should be recognised;
2021/12/15
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 82 #

2021/2239(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Points out that for an EU action plan to succeed, it must stimulate and mobilise the Member States; expresses the view, therefore,, taking into account their specificities and different starting points; stresses that Member States should be encouraged to develop their own national OAPs with concrete, time-bound actions; highlights that the national OAPs should create predictability and clarity for farmers and industry, thus encouraging the conversion to organic farming and the commercialisation of organic products;
2021/12/15
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 88 #

2021/2239(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Points out that for an EU action plan to succeed, it must stimulate and mobilise the Member States; expresses the view, therefore, that Member States should be encouraged to develop their own national OAPs with concrete, time-bound action objectives, incentives, actions, time-frames and budgets;
2021/12/15
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 103 #

2021/2239(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. Stresses that Member States should engage all stakeholders, especially organic farmers and associations, local and regional authorities, consumer and private sector representatives and the hospitality industry, in a consultative process when adopdesigning, adopting and implementing their national OAPs to achieve the best possible synergies;
2021/12/15
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 105 #

2021/2239(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. Stresses that Member States should engage all stakeholders, especially organic farmers and associations, local and regional authorities, consumer and private sector representatives and, the hospitality and food industryies, in a consultative process when adopting their national OAPs to achieve the best possible synergies;
2021/12/15
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 123 #

2021/2239(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. Recognises the importance of speeding up the development of organic aquaculture and wild organic picking areas in the EU;
2021/12/15
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 128 #

2021/2239(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6 a (new)
6a. Is of the opinion that legislation and OAPs must provide sufficient room for flexibility for Member States' different organic practices and prerequisites, such as climate zones and length of growing seasons;
2021/12/15
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 129 #

2021/2239(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6 b (new)
6b. Stresses the need for modern and innovative methods when developing new organic seeds and agriculture practices, maintaining high level of protection of human health and the environment;
2021/12/15
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 130 #

2021/2239(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6 c (new)
6c. Underlines that the share of agricultural land, under organic farming, varies significantly among the Member States; stresses that this must be taken into account when developing policies and instruments aimed to enhance the organic production; insists that all measures and instruments, proposed in this regard, should be based on thorough analyses and impact assessment;
2021/12/15
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 133 #

2021/2239(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6 d (new)
6d. Welcomes the launch of an annual EU organic day; believes that it represents an opportunity to improve the visibility and the recognition for organic farming and raise awareness of the benefits of organic production;
2021/12/15
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 139 #

2021/2239(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7
7. Supports the Commission in further promoting the EU organic logo among consumers, including through organic school schemese promotion of local and organic logos that exists in several Member States and are used together with the EU organic logo; emphasises that it is of paramount importance that consumer surveys on organics are followed by actions to further raise awareness of organic farmingproduction;
2021/12/15
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 145 #

2021/2239(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7 a (new)
7a. Supports promoting the consumption of organic food in European schools as it can be an important driver for the development of the organic sector;
2021/12/15
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 146 #

2021/2239(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7 b (new)
7b. Reminds that demands from professional kitchens differ from those of the households; stresses the importance to create added value for the supply chain and increase the processing level of organic products to respond for the needs of professional kitchens;
2021/12/15
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 149 #

2021/2239(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8
8. Believes that increasing green public procurement (GPP) in the Member States can serve as a strong stimulus for action towards the organic target; believes that the EU institutions should lead by example; calls on the Commission to research current structural and logistical barriers and to promote the use of GPP criteria in the Member States; believes that the increase of the green public procurement should be decided and national level in accordance with the national demand and targets set in the national OAPs;
2021/12/15
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 159 #

2021/2239(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9
9. Points out that local and regional authorities play an important role in supporting the structuring of the organic sector in terms of production, logistics and trade, facilitating the creation of organised cooperation between producers, food services and consumers, as well as raising public awareness at local levelbout the differences between various sustainable farming methods and developing educational programmes for preschools and schools;
2021/12/15
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 170 #

2021/2239(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. Underlines that it is essential for the Commission, the Member States and stakeholders to engage actively in identifying ways in which the existing certification and control mechanisms can be made more robust to prevent fraud in organic production and trade, both in the EU and in non-EU countries, as well as to prevent additional administrative burdens and costs for farmers, including by using IT solutions;; stresses that the certification process in the conversion to organic farming continues to be cumbersome and difficult to implement, especially for small farmers; thus, underlines the need for simplification, reduction of administrative burdens and costs.
2021/12/15
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 183 #

2021/2239(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12
12. Considers that concrete action to promote exports of EU organic products is needed; acknowledge, in this regard, the potential of the existing EU promotion policy for organic production; underlines that any promotion policy should recognise the wide range of sustainable production methods, practises and products in the EU; requests that the Commission report regularly on forthcoming negotiations with the EU’s trading partners to inform Parliament about the potential for expansion of the organic market;
2021/12/15
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 206 #

2021/2239(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13
13. Considers that an adequate common agricultural policy (CAP) budget should be provided to create incentives for farmers to convert to and maintainfurther develop organic farming practices at national level, through rural development measures or newly introduced eco-schemes, or a combination of the two; calls on the Member States to support generational renewal in organic farming;
2021/12/15
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 207 #

2021/2239(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13 a (new)
13a. Welcomes the availability of eco- schemes under the new CAP to support conversion; reiterates that the uptake and growth of the organic sector must be accompanied by market-driven and supply chain developments1a; welcomes, in this regard, voluntary initiatives by retailers to buy conversion products at a higher price and believes such initiatives should be promoted; takes due note of the difficulties they are facing in marketing these conversion products to consumers due to the lack of harmonised rules and calls on the Commission to assess measures to facilitate their marketing, such as through harmonised labelling; _________________ 1a European Parliament resolution of 20 October 2021 on a farm to fork strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally- friendly food system (2020/2260(INI))
2021/12/15
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 257 #

2021/2239(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17 a (new)
17a. Recognise the potential of a common European agriculture data space to increase the consumer knowledge and trust as well as to make the organic supply chain traceable;
2021/12/15
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 264 #

2021/2239(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18
18. Stresses the need for research and innovation to overcome restrictions in organic agriculture, such as the availability of organic protein feed, vitamins, plant protection products, fertilisers and genetic resources and to encourage meeting societal expectations on animal welfare and efficient resource use; reminds the importance of livestock manure as an organic fertilizer and encourages its sustainable use in the cultivation cycle; welcomes the Commission’s intention to earmark Horizon Europe funding in this respect; calls on the Commission to stimulate and foster cooperation between research communities working on organic and conventional food and farming;
2021/12/15
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 275 #

2021/2239(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18 a (new)
18a. Underlines that bio-fertilizers and bio-based soil improvers are important components of organic farming practices; stresses therefore the need to incentivise innovation with regard to the production of bio-fertilizers and bio-based soil improvers from various types of biomass waste such as animal manure and food waste;
2021/12/15
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 282 #

2021/2239(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18 b (new)
18b. Stresses the need to support the development of safe, effective and affordable alternative to plant protection products as an important element of the development of organic production;
2021/12/15
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 289 #

2021/2239(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 19
19. Highlights the importance of sufficiently available, high-quality organic seeds, heterogeneous material and high- yielding plant varieties, also varieties that are locally adopted; points out their potential in strengthening resilience against plant diseases and the impact of climate change; encourages the Commission and the Member States to step up efforts to improve the functioning of the organic seed market and believes that transitional periods would be helpful in achieving this;
2021/12/15
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4 #

2021/2208(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Stresses that a policy on ensuring food security in developing countries must mirror the founding principles of the common agricultural policy, in that its primary goal must be to provide affordable safe food for its citizens while affordguaranteeing a fair standard of living for and the social and economic well-being of its farmers;
2021/12/08
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 14 #

2021/2208(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Emphasises that agriculture and food security are the foundation blocks for broader economic development, and insists that agricultural development must supp; therefore encourages the transition of developing countries towards morte self-sufficient agricultural production systems and food sovereignty in developing countriecy; notes that this transition should follow sustainable development criteria; highlights that agricultural production area should not be increased at the expense of environment protection and conservation of biodiversity-rich habitats;
2021/12/08
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 35 #

2021/2208(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Recalls the importance of systematically assessing the effects of new policies and strategies on developing countries and taking action in order to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals;
2021/12/08
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 46 #

2021/2208(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Underlines that the fFarm to fFork sStrategy is the EU’s most ambitious policy frameworkstrategy to promote a more sustainable and resilient EU agrifood system and support a global transition to sustainable agrifood systems, which benefit people, nature and economic growth;
2021/12/08
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 59 #

2021/2208(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6
6. Stresses the necessity to reinforce research and, share innovations and encourage knowledge exchange between the EU and developing countries to increase agrifood system resilience, especially in the context of climate change;
2021/12/08
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 69 #

2021/2208(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7
7. Encourages increased consistency between EUand complementarity between EU external, development and trade policies to support the global transition to sustainable agrifood systems;
2021/12/08
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 74 #

2021/2208(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7 a (new)
7a. Supports the development of trade opportunities between the EU and developing countries, which have the potential to boost local agriculture and enable regions to enhance and extend their production potential; underlines in this regard that trade agreements need to uphold the principle of fair trade and this for both trading partners;
2021/12/08
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 83 #

2021/2208(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8
8. Notes that while, throughout the history of the common agricultural policy, lifting export subsidies and decoupling direct payments has significantly reduced the risk of dumping practices, some areas of concern persist and should be closely monitored, in particular agricultural sectors still tied to coupled income support in many EU Member States.;
2021/12/08
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 90 #

2021/2208(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8 a (new)
8a. Deplores the fact that land- grabbing is rife in many developing countries; points out that it is a brutal practice that undermines food security and endangers rural communities;
2021/12/08
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 92 #

2021/2208(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8 b (new)
8b. Stresses the essential contribution of young girls and women to agricultural and rural economies in developing countries; however regrets that many women do not have the same rights as men, have more limited access to land and face many constraints that reduce their agricultural productivity; considers it therefore of crucial importance to support and enhance the empowerment of young girls and women in developing countries;
2021/12/08
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1 #

2021/2170(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital -A (new)
-A. whereas the eradication of poverty is one of the priorities of the EU, enshrined in Article 3 TEU, Article 34 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan headline target, reflecting the EU's commitment to combat poverty in its policies;
2021/12/08
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 15 #

2021/2170(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital B
B. whereas the COVID-19 crisis has had a severe impact on labour income and wealth and is halting improvements in AROPE; whereas support measures have cushioned the negative effects of the crisis in the short ruwomen are more at risk of COVID-19 contamination due to their overrepresentation in essential frontline and more exposed occupations; whereas the pandemic disproportionately affects them in the socio-economic sphere, deepens existing discrimination and results in even more inequalities between women and men in the labour market, considering that women are more at risk of unemployment or reducing their working hours as a result of the health crisis and resulting care responsibilities; whereas support measures have cushioned the negative effects of the crisis in the short run; whereas the full economic, employment and social consequences of the pandemic are still unknown;
2021/12/08
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 24 #

2021/2170(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital C a (new)
Ca. whereas, according to Eurostat, the risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU was higher for women than for men (22.9 % compared with 20.9 %) in 2020; whereas in the same year there were 96.5 million people in the EU at risk of poverty or social exclusion and that was equivalent to 21.9% of the EU population1a; whereas the poverty rate among working women could decrease if women were paid equally to men; _________________ 1ahttps://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics- explained/index.php?title=Living_conditi ons_in_Europe_- _poverty_and_social_exclusion#Key_findi ngs3
2021/12/08
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 25 #

2021/2170(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital C b (new)
Cb. whereas according to the recent data from the European Institute for Gender Equality only 62,5% of the women in the EU are employed, compared to 72,8% of men 2a; whereas the participation of women in the labour market has grown in the last decades but several gender gaps still exist; whereas in 2019 women's gross hourly earnings were on average 14,1% below those of men in the EU 3a; whereas women in the EU aged over 65 received a pension that was on average 29% lower than of men 4a and effective actions are needed to close the gender employment, care, pay and pension gaps; _________________ 2ahttps://eige.europa.eu/gender- statistics/dgs/indicator/ta_wrklab_lab_em plrate_gen__lfst_r_ergau/bar/year:2020/g eo:EU28,EU27_2020,EU15,EA19,BE,BG ,CZ,DK,DE,EE,IE,EL,ES,FR,HR,IT,CY, LV,LT,LU,HU,MT,NL,AT,PL,PT,RO,SI, SK,FI,SE,UK,IS,NO,CH,ME,MK,RS,TR/ age:Y15- 64/unit:PC/deg_urb:TOTAL/sex:M,W 3ahttps://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics- explained/index.php?title=Gender_pay_g ap_statistics 4a https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/en/web/prod ucts-eurostat-news/-/ddn-20210203-1
2021/12/08
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 26 #

2021/2170(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital C c (new)
Cc. whereas the risk of poverty rises sharply along the life course, revealing the gradually accumulating impact of pay inequalities; whereas poverty among those aged 75 years and over is consistently concentrated among women, mainly as a result of the impact of gendered unpaid care duties, life-long differences in pay and working time with the lower pensions that result, different retirement ages for men and women in some Member States, and the fact that more older women live alone;
2021/12/08
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 31 #

2021/2170(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital D
D. whereas women, who constitute 76% of the healthcare workers in the EU5a, are over- represented among frontline workers, in non-standard forms of work, and in the hardest-hit sectors and among frontline workers in healthcare; whereas more women than men are in occupations that can be carried out remotely;by the pandemic; _________________ 5ahttps://eige.europa.eu/covid-19-and- gender-equality/essential-workers
2021/12/08
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 39 #

2021/2170(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital E
E. whereas across the EU women receive disproportionately lower earnings than men; whereas low pay and low career prospects are barriers to achieving equal economic independence for women and men and can lead to higher risks of poverty and social exclusion; whereas non- discriminative remuneration is an essential requisite for women; whereas women's economic empowerment is key to achieve gender equality and combat women's poverty;
2021/12/08
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 46 #

2021/2170(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital E a (new)
Ea. whereas the digital and the green transition require action to ensure that no one is left behind; whereas women are under-represented at all levels in the digital and STEM sectors in Europe and work less, compared with the men, in innovative technologies, such as artificial intelligence;
2021/12/08
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 51 #

2021/2170(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital E b (new)
Eb. whereas gender equality in the labour market is an important instrument for eliminating poverty among women that benefits not only women but the economy as a whole with a positive impact on GDP, employment levels and productivity; whereas improving gender equality would lead to an increase in EU GDP per capita by 6,1 to 9,6% and an additional 10.5 million jobs which would benefit both women and men by 20501a; _________________ 1ahttps://eige.europa.eu/gender- mainstreaming/policy-areas/economic- and-financial-affairs/economic-benefits- gender-equality
2021/12/08
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 57 #

2021/2170(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital E c (new)
Ec. whereas investing in policies to support women also improves their families' living conditions, in particular those of their children; whereas eradicating child poverty is included in Principle 11 of the European Pillar of Social Rights;
2021/12/08
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 59 #

2021/2170(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital E d (new)
Ed. whereas women, especially living in rural areas, often have limited access to education, training and digital skills improvement programmes that are essential for both transitions, providing them with the opportunity to continue their professional life successfully; whereas education, vocational training and lifelong learning are at utmost importance for all;
2021/12/08
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 63 #

2021/2170(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Calls for an overarching European anti-poverty strategy, with ambitious targets for reducing poverty and a focus on breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty risks; stresses the importance of ensuring an intersectional approach so that all women, including those from minority and vulnerable groups, benefit from its objectives and actions;
2021/12/08
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 76 #

2021/2170(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Calls on the Commission and the Member States to improve opportunities for the women in the labour market and to reduce the burden of women by ensuring affordable and quality care and services for people with disabilities, the elderly and other dependants; calls on the Commission and the Member States to adequately fund affordable public services and social infrastructure, as this would allow more women to participate in the labour market and would also contribute to reducing the risk of women falling into poverty; stresses the role of the social partners, in efforts to improve gender employment, pay and pension gaps;
2021/12/08
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 82 #

2021/2170(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. Stresses the need for Member States to implement well-designed labour market policies that aim to eradicate the gender gaps that put women at more risk of poverty, in particular the gender employment, pay and pension gaps; Welcomes the Commission's proposal for a directive to strengthen the principle of equal pay for equal work or work of equal value between men and women through pay transparency and enforcement mechanisms; Highlights that while a lot has been achieved there are still gender inequalities in the labour market that have to be tackled; Calls on the Commission to implement and closely monitor the key objectives set out in the Gender Equality Strategy through concrete actions;
2021/12/08
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 84 #

2021/2170(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 b (new)
2b. Welcomes the Commission’s commitment to present a revision of the Barcelona targets on early childhood education and care in 2022; calls on the Commission and Council to develop similar targets for long-term care as part of the forthcoming initiative on long- term care in 2022 to ensure sustainable long-term care that ensures better access to quality services for those in need as well as ensuring women’s continued participation in the labour market unhindered by unequal caring responsibilities;
2021/12/08
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 88 #

2021/2170(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Highlights that universal access to public, solidarity-based and adequate retirement and old age pensions must be granted to all; underlines the importance of public and occupational pension systems that provide an adequate retirement income above the poverty threshold and allow pensioners to maintain their standard of living; asks the Member States to consider factoring child-raisaring responsibilities into pension schemes when women are not able to work and make suitable contributions during such periods to address the fact that women are most often required to take career breaks to fulfil such responsibilities due to entrenched gender roles;
2021/12/08
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 98 #

2021/2170(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Stresses that the recovery efforts should boost jobs and growth, and the resilience and fairness of our societies, and should be complemented by a strong social dimension, paying attention to for all women, with an intersectional approach to support women who have a disability or, minority background, who stay at home to care for a family member and/or from different vulnerable groups, as they are particularly at risk of falling into poverty;
2021/12/08
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 113 #

2021/2170(INI)

5. Recognises the crucial role of all European funds and programmes in the social area, particularly the Recovery and Resilience Facility, European Social Fund Plus and the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund for Displaced Workers; calls on the Member States to make full use of these fundshighlights that through the ESF+, Member States and the Commission should aim to increase the participation of women in employment as well as conciliation between working and personal life, combat the feminisation of poverty and gender discrimination in the labour market and in education and training as well as to support the most vulnerable and combat child poverty; calls on the Member States to make full, effective and transparent use of these funds to mitigate the socio-economic impacts of the crisis, particularly on women and mainstream gender equality objectives throughout their national recovery and resilience plans (NRRPs);
2021/12/08
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 120 #

2021/2170(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6
6. Calls on the Commission and the Member States to submit initiatives to promote women’s empowerment through education, vocational training and lifelong learning, as well as access to finance, female entrepreneurship and women’s representation in future-oriented sectors with a view to ensuring access to high- quality employment; calls on the Member States to implement policies that contribute to the skilling, up-skilling and re-skilling of women, especially with regard to the green and digital transitions; calls for greater promotion of STEM subjects, digital education, artificial intelligence and financial literacy in order to ensure that more women enter these sectors and contribute to their development.
2021/12/08
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 1 #

2021/2165(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 2 a (new)
— having regard to Article 168 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,
2021/11/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 18 #

2021/2165(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital -A (new)
-A. whereas a high level of human health protection is to be ensured in the definition and implementation of all Union policies and activities;
2021/11/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 19 #

2021/2165(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital -A a (new)
-Aa. whereas “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well- being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” according to the World Health Organisation3a; __________________ 3a https://www.who.int/about/governance/co nstitution
2021/11/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 20 #

2021/2165(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital -A b (new)
-Ab. whereas “Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community” according to the World Health Organisation3b; __________________ 3b https://www.who.int/news-room/fact- sheets/detail/mental-health- strengthening-our-response
2021/11/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 48 #

2021/2165(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C f (new)
Cf. whereas workplaces can play an important role in public health, according to their logistical resources, to promote healthy lifestyles, to encourage the practice of sports and physical activities and to promote health in all its aspects more widely among employees;
2021/11/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 50 #

2021/2165(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C h (new)
Ch. whereas the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which entered into force in the European Union in 2011 states that “States Parties shall take effective and appropriate measures, including through peer support, to enable persons with disabilities to attain and maintain maximum independence, full physical, mental, social and vocational ability, and full inclusion and participation in all aspects of life”, and “recognizes the right of persons with disabilities to work, on an equal basis with others, including the right to the opportunity to gain a living by work freely chosen or accepted in a labour market and work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities”;
2021/11/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 52 #

2021/2165(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D
D. whereas over a quarter, according to Eurofound and EU-OSHA, in Europe 25% of workers in Europesay they experience excessive work- related stress; whereas 51 % of EU workers say stress is common in their workplace and nearly 80 % of managers are concerned about work-related stress8 for all or most of their working time and nearly 80 % of managers are concerned about work-related stress, which shows that psychosocial risks are of concern to a majority of companies8 ; whereas a European opinion poll conducted by EU-OSHA shows that about a half of workers consider the problem with work-related stress to be common in their workplace 8a ; whereas there are significant variations between the Member States’ legislation on psychosocial risks; __________________ 8‘Psychosocial risks in Europe: Prevalence and strategies for prevention’, Eurofound and EU-OSHA, 2014, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg. 8a‘Psychosocial risks and stress at work’, EU-OSHA [URL: https://osha.europa.eu/en/themes/psychos ocial-risks-and-stress
2021/11/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 58 #

2021/2165(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D a (new)
Da. whereas mental health and wellbeing of the European population can be positively affected by paying attention to strategies implemented in the workplace; whereas preventing mental health problems and promoting mental health will also contribute to reducing associated health risk behaviours such as alcohol, drug and tobacco use, physical inactivity and poor diet;
2021/11/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 61 #

2021/2165(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D b (new)
Db. whereas the European Union must learn from the COVID-19 crisis and put in place an effective system for coordinating the response to any kind of future threat to public health, including prevention, preparedness and response planning at work;
2021/11/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 63 #

2021/2165(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D c (new)
Dc. whereas health literacy plays a fundamental role in preparing and mitigating the impact of health threats and contributing to a better understanding on the part of the population of the countermeasures and risk assessment of different threats to health;
2021/11/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 126 #

2021/2165(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Welcomes the Commission’s commitment to present in 2022 a legislative proposal to further reduce workers’ exposure to asbestos; calls on the Commission to be ambitious in its endeavours to achieve the total ban of asbestos and with regard to its zero accidents at work vision, and to update the exposure limit for asbestos to 0.001 fibres/cm3 (1 000 fibres/m3); stresses the need for an EU framework directive for national asbestos removal strategies, including public asbestos registersVision Zero approach, reiterates in this regard all the Parliament’s requests formulated in its report on protecting workers from asbestos (2019/2182(INL);
2021/11/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 142 #

2021/2165(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3 d (new)
3d. Asks Member States to facilitate recognition of and compensation for proven work-related diseases;
2021/11/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 180 #

2021/2165(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7
7. Calls on the Commission to guarantee that all workers, including non- standard workers, workers in platform companies and the self-employed are covered by occupational safety and health (OSH) legislation and policies; reiterates, in this regard, its recommendations formulated in the report on fair working conditions, rights and social protection for platform workers – new forms of employment linked to digital development (2019/2186(INI)); stresses that all platform workers should be entitled to receive compensation in case of work accidents and occupational diseases, and be provided with social protection, including sickness and invalidity insurance coverage;
2021/11/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 198 #

2021/2165(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 b (new)
8b. Calls on the Member States to actively support reintegration, non- discrimination and the adaptation of working conditions of people with disabilities, with chronic diseases, or recovering from a disease; stresses the need to define and implement tailored and individualised strategies to facilitate the worker's recovery and rehabilitation process; notes the need to ensure the worker's autonomy in the workplace by providing reasonable accommodation at all stage of work; stresses that special attention should also be given to caregivers; calls on the Member States to encourage employers to introduce early assessments of the person's remaining capacities and rehabilitation programmes, as well as psychological, social and vocational counselling; and to promote employment and career advancement opportunities within the company;
2021/11/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 207 #

2021/2165(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Subheading 1
TPreparedness plan for future health crises: lessons learned from the COVID- 19 pandemic and its impact on work
2021/11/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 208 #

2021/2165(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 f (new)
8f. Welcomes the Commission’s intention to launch an in-depth assessment of the effects of the pandemic and the efficiency of the EU and national OSH frameworks to develop emergency procedures and guidance for the rapid deployment, implementation and monitoring of measures in potential future health crises, in close cooperation with public-health actors;
2021/11/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 209 #

2021/2165(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 f (new)
8f. Considers that enhancing the communication of verified information should be at the core of any health preparedness plan in order to strengthen adherence to prevention measures, to fight against disinformation, and therefore to mitigate the impact of health threats, including at work;
2021/11/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 210 #

2021/2165(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 f (new)
8f. Supports the call on the Member States to draw up preparedness plans for future crises in their national OSH strategies, including implementation of EU guidelines and tools; stresses the need for effective EU coordination mechanisms of these plans;
2021/11/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 211 #

2021/2165(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 f (new)
8f. Calls on the Member States to draft their national OSH preparedness plans in consultation with national social partners and to give particular attention to cross-border regions, including neighbouring border regions, to enhance the cooperation;
2021/11/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 212 #

2021/2165(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 g (new)
8g. Considers that protection and promotion of mental health should be an integral part of OSH preparedness plans for future health crises, stresses that specific attention should be paid to the mental health of health care workers and of other essential workers; welcomes, in this regard, the contribution of the expert panel on effective ways of investing in health (EXPH) in its opinion on supporting mental health of health workforce and other essential workers ; calls on the Commission and Member State to ensure adequate follow-up and implementation of these recommendations;
2021/11/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 213 #

2021/2165(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 h (new)
8h. Considers that in cross-border regions, joint cross-border trainings and sharing of best practices for healthcare staff and public health staff should be promoted;
2021/11/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 224 #

2021/2165(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. Calls on the Commission and the Member States to improve research and data collection and to conduct a detailed assessment of problems with, as well as opportunities and challenges, related to health and safety associated with teleworking;
2021/11/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 249 #

2021/2165(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12
12. Calls on the Commission to propose a directive on minimum standards and conditions to ensure that workers are able to exercise effectively their right to disconnect and to regulate the use of existing and new digital tools for work purposes; in line with its resolution of 21 January 2021 with recommendations to the Commission on the right to disconnect (2019/2181(INL));
2021/11/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 279 #

2021/2165(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16 a (new)
16a. Stresses that all workers should be adequately protected no matter the size of the enterprises and that support should be provided in particular to micro enterprises and SMEs to help them in the correct applications of OSH rules; highlights the role of the European Agency for Health and Safety at Work to provide micro enterprises and SMEs with the right tools and standards of practices to assess the risks for their workforce and implement adequate prevention measures; considers that the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work should be strengthened in order to better promote healthy and safe workplaces across the Union and further develop initiatives to improve workplace prevention in all sectors of activity;
2021/11/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 12 #

2021/2079(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital B a (new)
B a. Whereas islands, especially outermost regions, are very vulnerable to economic crises and, following the Covid- 19 epidemic, they have suffered more severe supply difficulties than mainland areas.
2021/11/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 21 #

2021/2079(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital B d (new)
B d. Whereas services of general interest are not fully developed in all islands, mainly due to insufficient investments in basic infrastructures, such as roads, water supply or waste management facilities, which further hinders the development of viable agricultural production.
2021/11/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 32 #

2021/2079(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 a (new)
1 a. Welcomes the maintenance of the POSEI funds in the current EU financial framework, and stresses the role played by this program in supporting agricultural production and supply in outermost regions through specific tools; nevertheless, asks the Commission to make an in-depth evaluation of the financial needs of those regions to help them achieve the ecological transition and to improve their economic resilience.
2021/11/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 60 #

2021/2079(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4 a. Calls on the Member States to strengthen support from cohesion funds for the improvement of basic infrastructure on islands, in order to reduce the exodus to other regions and to ensure better conditions for the development of the agricultural activity.
2021/11/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 71 #

2021/2079(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5 a. Calls on the European Commission to analyse the situation faced by the islands, especially the outermost regions, in the event of food supply difficulties such as those that occurred following the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic, and to propose appropriate measures adapted to the remoteness of these regions in the new food security and food safety contingency plan that it intends to present as part of the Farm-to- Fork strategy.
2021/11/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 77 #

2021/2079(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 c (new)
5 c. Considers it necessary to strengthen EU support to the modernisation of the agricultural activity in the islands, including through the promotion of precision farming, to help those regions meet the Green Deal objectives.
2021/11/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 13 #

2021/2006(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Regrets the lack of a comprehensive EU monitoring framework for methane emissions; calls on the Commission, therefore, to improve the measurement, reporting and verification of methane emissions in the agricultural sector; encourages the Commission and Member States to support and apply available mitigation technologies and practices that have the potential to deliver emission reductions decoupled from production;
2021/06/01
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 24 #

2021/2006(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 a (new)
1 a. Highlights that anthropogenic emissions make up 59% of all methane emissions; notes that agriculture accounts for 53% of the anthropogenic emissions, while 26% originates from waste and 19% from energy;
2021/06/01
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 29 #

2021/2006(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 b (new)
1 b. Welcomes the Commission’s communication on an EU strategy to reduce methane emissions as a milestone in the governance of non-CO2 greenhouse gases in the Union; Points out that methane emissions from agricultural production are part of a closed cycle that does not increase global stock of methane in the atmosphere as opposed to methane emissions from fossil fuels; therefore, consider that these two should not be accounted for in the same way;
2021/06/01
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 72 #

2021/2006(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Highlights that research and investment in mitigation measures and technologies is of paramount importance; considers that there is great potential in adapting diet of and developing feed additives for ruminant and bovine species, which could reduce methane emissions without having negative effects on the livestock sector; Welcomes the plans of the Commission to revise the Feed Additives Regulation to streamline the current costly and unflexible authorisation process;
2021/06/01
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 82 #

2021/2006(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3 a. Welcomes the study on the status of new genomic techniques (NGT) from the European Commission and strongly supports the findings that NGTs have the potential to contribute to a more sustainable food system; highlights also that the study brings forward opportunities and benefits for the livestock sector: calls for the adapting the legal framework for these biotechnologies to the latest scientific and technological progress, and consider that targeted research within the Horizon Europe programme and the ERI-funds is needed in the this regard;
2021/06/01
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 108 #

2021/2006(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Considers that value-added utilisation of agricultural residues and other by-products is an important driver of the circular economy and bio-economy; calls for the acceleration of European biogas production from agriculture waste, as an important tool for reducing methane emissions; and increase circularity in the agricultural sector; stresses the role of permanent grassland for carbon sequestration and points out that the rate of grassland in Europe is tightly linked to livestock numbers;
2021/06/01
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 121 #

2021/2006(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4 a. Calls for better coordination and improved infrastructure between farmers and renewable energy producers in order to enable the uptake of locally connected production of biogas; furthermore highlights the importance of returning high quality natural fertilizer, which is the by-product of biogas production, to the farms again;
2021/06/01
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 122 #

2021/2006(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4 a. Notes that measures to reduce methane emissions are not always beneficial for other aspects of sustainability; Calls on the Commission to take into account all aspects of sustainability when proposing best practises and promoting mitigation technologies;
2021/06/01
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 127 #

2021/2006(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 b (new)
4 b. Finds that renewable energy obtained through agricultural residues have significant potential and should be explored with further research, Investment and a supportive policy framework;
2021/06/01
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 129 #

2021/2006(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 c (new)
4 c. Notes that the development of the circular economy and bio-economy will create more jobs in the primary production and stresses that the bio economy requires new skills, new knowledge and new disciplines be developed and/or integrated further in training and education in this sector in order to tackle bio economy-related societal changes, promote competitiveness, growth and job creation, meet the needs of the sector and ensure that skills and jobs are better matched;
2021/06/01
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 145 #

2021/2006(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Considers that farm level certification schemes for climate effective farming, including common measurement and verification data for methane reductions, will be an important tool for monitoring and incentivising methane reductions at farm level; calls on the Commission to submit a report on measures to support climate-efficient farming and food production by means of third party certification schemes by 30 September 2023;
2021/06/01
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 13 #

2021/2005(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 32 a (new)
— having regard to the fourth Eurofound European Company Survey of 13 October 2020 on Workplace practices unlocking employee potential;
2021/07/13
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 28 #

2021/2005(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B
B. whereas the voice of workers is a key element of the European Social Model, whose shared legacy of social dialogue, workers’ participation, collective bargaining, employee representation on boards, promotion of occupational health and safety representation, and tripartism are the building blocks of a diverse, economically and socially sustainable future;
2021/07/13
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 41 #

2021/2005(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D
D. whereas workers’ participation, collective bargaining coverage and unionisation are declining across the EU; whereas Eurofound reported that fewer than one-third (31%) of companies in the EU facilitated the regular direct participation of employees in organisational decision-making in 2019;
2021/07/13
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 49 #

2021/2005(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital E
E. whereas trade unions and workers’ representatives have played a key role in mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the workplace, from the introduction of measures to protect the health and safety of workers, notably essential workers in highly exposed workplaces, to the implementation of job retention schemes such as short-time work and new forms of work organisation like working from home; whereas the COVID- 19 pandemic has aggravated pre-existing gender inequalities on the labour market and widened the gender gap in labour force participation;
2021/07/13
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 56 #

2021/2005(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital E a (new)
Ea. whereas technological developments, the transition to a low carbon economy and the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic provide an opportunity to transition workplaces to high-involvement forms of work organisation at all levels;
2021/07/13
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 63 #

2021/2005(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital F
F. whereas sustainable corporate governance can only be achieved with employee involvement; whereas the economic model baseda mere focus on the short-term ‘shareholder value’ principle has failed to encouragemight hamper long-term investment in human capital and proper respect for human rights and, in particular, for the participation rights of trade unions and workers during past crises20 ; the environment. __________________ 20Rapp, M. S., Wolff, M., Udoieva, I., Hennig, J. C., ‘Mitbestimmung im Aufsichtsrat und ihre Wirkung auf die Unternehmensführung’, Hans-Böckler- Stiftung, No 424, June 2019; Ernst and Young, Study on directors’ duties and sustainable corporate governance, July 2020.
2021/07/13
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 70 #

2021/2005(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital H
H. whereas studies have shown that worker participation enhances productivity, innovation, work organisation, gender equality,work engagement, innovation, gender equality, and improves good work organisation and decision-making and provides alternatives to crisis-induced employment reduction22 ; __________________ 22 FitzRoy, F., Kraft, K., ‘Co- determination, Efficiency and Productivity’, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 43, Issue 2, June 2005, pp. 233-247; Kraft K., Stank J., Dewenter R., ‘Co-determination and innovation’, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Vol 35, Issue 1, 2011, pp. 145-172.
2021/07/13
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 113 #

2021/2005(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5
5. Notes that through loopholes, the EU Statute for a European Company (Societas Europeae – SE) iscan inadvertently enablinge companies to circumvent national regulations, particularly on board-level employee representation; regrets the fact that the 2019 Company Law Package24 is serving to perpetuate these shortcomings rather thandoes not resolve them; notes that cross- border mergers are alsomight be used to avoid representation rights; stresses that companies use complex corporate structures and supply or subcontracting chains to circumvent social standards; __________________ 24Directive (EU) 2019/2121 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 November 2019 as regards cross-border conversions, mergers and divisions (OJ L 321 12.12.2019, p. 1).
2021/07/13
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 124 #

2021/2005(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8
8. Calls on the Commission to make the necessary improvements to the frameworks regulating SEs and European Cooperative Societies and to the Company Law Package, and to amend Council Directive 2001/86/EC to introduce minimum EU rules governing employee representation, including on gender equality, on supervisory boards;
2021/07/13
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 148 #

2021/2005(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. Is convinced that introducing and monitoring new digital technologies in the workplace successfully and in a trustworthy manner will require timely and meaningful information for and consultation with trade unions and workers’ representatives to ensure full respect for their health, safety, data protection, equal treatment and well-being at work and prevent undue exploitation and surveillance of workers, in particular via management by algorithms; emphasises that new digital technologies and artificial intelligence should not replicate existing discrimination and societal biases but should help the social inclusion and participation of diverse groups; underlines the fact that trade unions and workers’ representatives should have the necessary access and means to assess and evaluate digital technology;
2021/07/13
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 163 #

2021/2005(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12 a (new)
12a. Calls on the Commission to take account of the existence of good practices as well as the results of studies and assessments of the socioeconomic effects and consequences of employee representation in corporate bodies while amending existing directives affecting this issue and which can help improve corporate governance;
2021/07/13
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 182 #

2021/2005(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15
15. States that much remains to be done to ensure gender equality in all aspects of worker participation across the EU; reiterates that gender equality and diversity in the boardrooms is a key democratic principle with positive economic side effects;
2021/07/13
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 196 #

2021/2005(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17
17. Stresses that many shortcomings in EU law would be overcome by introducing thresholds for a minimum EU standard of board-level representation under this new framework directive; considers, to this end, that workers’ representatives should have the following number/proportion of seats on boards: 2 or 3 seats in small companies with 50 to 250 employees, one third of all seats in companies with 250 to 1 000 employees, and half of all seats in big companies with more than 1 000 employees (within the company and its direct or indirect subsidiaries);
2021/07/13
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 1 #

2021/0214(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 1
(1) The Commission has, in its communication on the European Green Deal31 , set out a new sustainable growth strategy that aims to transform the Union into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern, resource-efficient, circular and competitive economy, where there are no net emissions (emissions after deduction of removals) of greenhouse gases (‘GHG emissions’) in 2050 and where economic growth is decoupled from resource use. The European Green Deal also aims to protect, conserve and enhance the EU’s natural capital, and protect the health and well- being of citizens from environment- related risks and impacts. At the same time, that transformation must be just and inclusive, leaving no one behindcreating sustainable growth and jobs and leaving no one behind. In addition, the European Green Deal aims to support the global efforts towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (UN SDGs) and the Paris Agreement. The Commission also announced in its EU Action Plan: Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil32 the promotion of relevant instruments and incentives to better implement the polluter pays principle as set out in Article 191(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (‘TFEU’) and thus complete the phasing out of ‘pollution for free’ with a view to maximising synergies between decarbonisation and the zero pollution ambition. _________________ 31Communication from the Commission of 11 December 2019 on the European Green Deal (COM(2019) 640 final). 32Communication from the Commission of 12 May 2021 on Pathway to a Healthy Planet for All (COM(2021) 400).
2021/11/17
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 20 #

2021/0214(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 9
(9) The initiative for a carbon border adjustment mechanism (‘CBAM’) is a part of the ‘Fit for 55 Package’. That mechanism is to serve as an essential element of the EU toolbox to meet the objective of a climate-neutral Union by 2050 in line with the Paris Agreement by addressing risks of carbon leakage resulting from the increased Union climate ambition. That initiative should be combined with incentives for innovation, aimed to facilitate the decarbonisation process and policies aimed at promoting investments in low-carbon industrial processes.
2021/11/17
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 24 #

2021/0214(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 10
(10) Existing mechanisms to address the risk of carbon leakage in sectors or sub- sectors at risk of carbon leakage are the transitional free allocation of EU ETS allowances and financial measures to compensate for indirect emission costs incurred from GHG emission costs passed on in electricity prices respectively laid down in Articles 10a(6) and 10b of Directive 2003/87/EC. However, free allocation under the EU ETS weakens the price signal that the system provides for the installations receiving it compared to full auctioning and thus affects the incentives for investment into further abatement of emissshould be gradually phased-out, in line with Union’s commitment and targets for decarbonisation and in order to comply with the WTO’s trade rules and avoid double compensations.
2021/11/17
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 26 #

2021/0214(COD)

(11) The CBAM seeks to replace these existing mechanisms by addressing the risk of carbon leakage in a different way, namely by ensuring equivalent carbon pricing for imports and domestic products. To ensure a gradual transition from the current system of free allowances to the CBAM, the CBAM should be progressively phased in while free allowances in sectors covered by the CBAM are phased out. CBAM should be transparent, proportionate and easy to administer and should avoid any undue financial and administrative burden on enterprises, especially small and medium- sized enterprises (SMEs). The combined and transitional application of EU ETS allowances allocated free of charge and of the CBAM should in no case result in more favourable treatment for Union goods compared to goods imported into the customs territory of the Union nor should lead to any market distortion.
2021/11/17
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 29 #

2021/0214(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 12
(12) While the objective of the CBAM is to prevent the risk of carbon leakage, this Regulation would also encourage the use of more GHG emissions-efficient technologies by producers from third countries, so that less emissions per unit of output are generated, as well as encourage carbon pricing worldwide, thus enhancing a global level playing field.
2021/11/17
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 36 #

2021/0214(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 13
(13) As an instrument to prevent carbon leakage and reduce GHG emissions the CBAM should ensure that imported products are subject to a regulatory system that applies carbon costs equivalent to the ones that otherwise would have been borne under the EU ETS. The CBAM is a climate measure which should prevent the risk of carbon leakage, promote carbon pricing globally, enhance decarbonisation in a cost-effective and technology-neutral way and support the Union’s increased ambition on climate mitigation, while ensuring WTO compatibility.
2021/11/17
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 51 #

2021/0214(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 28
(28) Whilst the ultimate objective of the CBAM is a broad product coverage, it would be prudent to start with a selected number of sectors with relatively homogeneous products where there is a risk of carbon leakage. Union sectors deemed at risk of carbon leakage are listed in Commission Delegated Decision (EU) 2019/70842 . Any further extension of the sectors and products, covered by the CBAM, should take place after an exhaustive scientific analysis and risk assessment, based on the latest available scientific evidence. The potential contribution of such extension, and possible negative effects as well as the effects on the stability of the internal market should also be taken into consideration. _________________ 42Commission Delegated Decision (EU) 2019/708 of 15 February 2019 supplementing Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the determination of sectors and subsectors deemed at risk of carbon leakage for the period 2021 to 2030 (OJ L 120, 8.5.2019, p. 2).
2021/11/17
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 76 #

2021/0214(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 51 a (new)
(51a) To facilitate and ensure a proper functioning of the CBAM and to avoid internal market distortions or excessive administrative burden for enterprises, in particular SMEs, the Commission should provide them with technical advice and technical assistance in order to facilitate their adaptation to the new obligations established by this Regulation and to avoid causing technical obstacles to trade.
2021/11/17
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 77 #

2021/0214(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 51 a (new)
(51a) The Commission should establish clear and simplified rules and procedures, to avoid excessive administrative and financial burdens associated with the management and the implementation of the CBAM, especially for SMEs.
2021/11/17
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 78 #

2021/0214(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 52
(52) The Commission should evaluate the application of this Regulation before the end of the transitional period and report to the European Parliament and the Council. The report of the Commission should, in particular, focus on possibilities to enhance climate actions towards the objective of a climate neutral Union by 2050. The Commission should, as , the actual imparct of that evaluation, initiate collection of information necessary to possibly extend the scope to indirect emissions, as well as to other goods and services at risk of carbon leakage, and to develop methods of calculating embedded emissions based on the environmental footprint methods47 . _________________ 47Commission Recommendation 2013/179/EU of 9 April 2013 on the use of common methods to measure and communicate the life cycle environmn climate and environmental protection and the impact on the competitiveness and viability of the Union’s economy. The report should also examine the effects on sustainable innovation and changes in trade flows and supply chains with regards to fertilisers, and the effects on the prices of fertilisers and agricultural production. The Commission should also assess the cumulative impact on the Union agricultural sector, what are the effects of this Regulation on Union enterprises, including a quantitative assessment of impacts, specifically on small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), and actual compliance cost. The effects of the potential performance of products and organisations (OJ L 124, 4.5.2013, p. 1)extension of the scope of this Regulation to agricultural goods and its possible implications should also be evaluated.
2021/11/17
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 85 #

2021/0214(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 52 a (new)
(52a) The Commission should, as part of that evaluation, initiate collection of information necessary to possibly extend the scope to indirect emissions, as well as to other goods and services at risk of carbon leakage, and to develop methods of calculating embedded emissions based on the environmental footprint methodsa47a . _________________ 47aCommission Recommendation 2013/179/EU of 9 April 2013 on the use of common methods to measure and communicate the life cycle environmental performance of products and organisations (OJ L 124, 4.5.2013, p. 1).
2021/11/17
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 87 #

2021/0214(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 53 a (new)
(53a) To facilitate the achievement of the objectives of this Regulation, to incentivise global climate action, both within the Union and globally, and to support a market for low-carbon goods, continuous dialogue with all relevant stakeholders and Union’s trade partners should be carried.
2021/11/17
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 96 #

2021/0214(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 1
1. This Regulation establishes a carbon border adjustment mechanism (the ‘CBAM’) for addressing greenhouse gas emissions embedded in the goods referred to in Annex I, upon their importation into the customs territory of the Union, in order to prevent the risk of carbon leakage and encourage carbon pricing worldwide.
2021/11/17
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 130 #

2021/0214(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 12 – paragraph 1 a (new)
For this purpose, the Commission shall establish clear and simplified rules and procedures, to avoid excessive administrative and financial burdens associated with the management and the implementation of CBAM, especially for SMEs.
2021/11/17
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 131 #

2021/0214(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 12 – paragraph 1 a (new)
The Commission shall provide enterprises with technical advice and technical assistance in order to facilitate their adaptation to the obligations established by this Regulation.
2021/11/17
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 153 #

2021/0214(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 30 – paragraph 2
2. Before the end of the transitional period, the Commission shall present a report to the European Parliament and the Council on the application of this Regulation. The report shall contain, in particular, the: (a) assessment of the possibilities to further extend the scope of embedded emissions to indirect emissions and to other goods at risk of carbon leakage than those already covered by this Regulation, as well as an; (b) assessment of the governance system. It shall also contain the; (c) assessment of the possibility to further extend the scope to embedded emissions of transportation services as well as to goods further down the value chain and services that may be subject to the risk of carbon leakage in the future. ; (d) assessment of the real impact on climate and environmental protection; (e) assessment of the impact on the competitiveness and viability of the Union’s economy; (f) identification of the effects on sustainable innovation and changes in trade flows and supply chains with regards to fertilisers; (g) assessment of the effects on the prices of fertilisers and agricultural production; (h) assessment of the cumulative impact on the Union agricultural sector; (i) identification of the effects on Union enterprises, including a quantitative assessment of impacts, specifically on small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), and actual compliance cost; (j) assessment of the effects from the potential extension of the scope of this Regulation to agricultural goods and its potential implications.
2021/11/17
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 109 #

2021/0104(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Recital 43
(43) Sustainability reporting standards should specify the information that undertakings should disclose on social factors, including employee factors andworkers' social and labour rights, equality, diversity and inclusion as well as human rights. Such information should cover the impacts of undertakings on its workers, people, including on human health. The information that undertakings disclose about human rights should include information about forced labour in their value chains where relevant. Reporting standards that address social factors should specify the information that undertakings should disclose with regard to the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights that are relevant to businesses, including equal opportunities for all and fair working conditions. The European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan adopted in March 2021 calls for stronger requirements on undertakings to report on social issues. The reporting standards should also specify the information that undertakings should disclose with regard to the human rights, fundamental freedoms, democratic principles and standards established in the International Bill of Human Rights and other core UN human rights conventions, the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the fundamental conventions of the International Labour Organisation, and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
2021/12/10
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 129 #

2021/0104(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 2
Directive 2013/34/EU
Article 2 – point 20 a (new)
(20a) ‘High-risk economic activity sector’ means economic activities likely to have serious negative impacts on sustainability matters
2021/12/10
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 136 #

2021/0104(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 3
Directive 2013/34/EU
Article 19a – paragraph 1 a (new)
1a. In accordance with the EU labour law acquis and national law and practice, the central management shall consult with the trade unions and/or workers' representatives at the beginning of the reporting period on the reporting system and in the identification of risks and impacts of the undertaking on the environment and people. Trade unions and workers' representatives shall be provided with the adequate resources to ensure the effective exercise of the rights arising from this Directive. Member States shall ensure that workers' rights to information and consultation are respected in relation to sustainability reporting and are exercised in accordance with EU law and national law and practice.
2021/12/10
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 198 #

2021/0104(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 4
Directive 2013/34/EU
Article 19b – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2 – point b – point i
(i) equal treatment and opportunities for all, including gender equality and equal pay for equal work, training and skills developmentwork of equal value, diversity, pay transparency, measures against violence and harassment, training and skills development, in particular the rate of workers participating in training, and employment and inclusion of people with disabilities, in particular the rate of disabled workers;
2021/12/10
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 207 #

2021/0104(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 4
Directive 2013/34/EU
Article 19b – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2 – point b – point ii
(ii) working conditions, including secure and adaptable employment, wages, social dialogue, collective bargaining and the involvementemployment, adequacy of wages in allowing workers a decent standard of living, social dialogue, freedom of association, collective bargaining and the information, consultation and participation rights of workers, work-life balance, and a healthy, and safe and well- adapted work envirty, the rate of workers who have been injured at work, and just transition ment; asures adopted through social dialogue;
2021/12/10
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 248 #

2021/0104(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 10 – point a – point ii
Directive 2013/34/EU
Article 34 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2 – point aa
(aa) where applicable, express an opinion based on a limited assurance engagement as regards the compliance of the sustainability reporting with the requirements and scope of this Directive, including the compliance of the sustainability reporting with the reporting standards adopted pursuant to Article 19b, the process carried out by the undertaking to identify the information reported pursuant to those reporting standards, and the compliance with the requirement to mark- up sustainability reporting in accordance with Article 19d, and as regards the compliance with the reporting requirements of Article 8 of Regulation (EU) 2020/852.;
2021/12/10
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 7 #

2021/0055(COD)

(4) Article 118 of Regulation (EU) 2019/6 builds on the One Health Action Plan against antimicrobial resistance (‘AMR’)9 , by enhancing the prevention and control of AMR and promoting a more prudent and responsible use of antimicrobials in animals. This is also reflected in the Commission’s Farm to Fork Strategy10 , in which the Commission has set the ambitious target of reducing by 50% overall EU sales of antimicrobials used for farmed animals and in aquaculture by 2030. Even as the use of antimicrobials in Europe has decreased, the work should continue and the fight against misuse and overuse of antimicrobials should be upheld across the whole world. There is therefore a need for a consistent global approach against AMR that, when possible, sets up reduction targets for countries, taking countries' starting positions and specific prerequisites into account. _________________ 9 European Commission, A European One Health Action Plan against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), June 2017, https://ec.europa.eu/health/sites/health/files /antimicrobial_resistance/docs/amr_2017_a ction-plan.pdf. 10 Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions of 20 May 2020, A Farm to Fork Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system, COM (2020) 381 final .
2021/04/27
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 9 #

2021/0055(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 5
(5) In order to ensure an effective implementation of the prohibition of the use of antimicrobials for growth promotion and yield increase and of the use of antimicrobials reserved for treatment of certain infections in humans, official controls for the verification of compliance of animals and products of animal origin exported to the Union with Article 118(1) of Regulation (EU) 2019/6 should be included in the scope of Regulation (EU) 2017/625. The 2017 RONAFA report calls for more preventative measures in the combat against AMR. Higher animal welfare standards and better implementation of animal welfare legislation, together with the use of preventative tools such as vaccines and the use of innovative animal health technologies such as diagnostics, can reduce the need for antimicrobials.
2021/04/27
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 216 #

2021/0050(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Recital 10
(10) The application of the principle of equal pay for equal work or work of equal value between men and women should be enhanced by eliminating direct and indirect pay discrimination. This does not preclude employers to pay differently workers doing the same work or work of equal value on the basis of objective, gender-neutral and bias-free criteria such as performance and competence.
2021/10/26
Committee: EMPLFEMM
Amendment 255 #

2021/0050(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Recital 15
(15) In order to respect the right to equal pay between men and women, employers must have pay setting mechanisms or pay structures in place ensuring that there are no pay differences between male and female workers doing the same work or work of equal value that are not justified by objective and gender-neutral factors. Such pay structures should allow for the comparison of the value of different jobs within the same organisational structure. In line with the case law of the Court, the value of work should be assessed and compared based on objective criteria, such as educational, professional and training requirements, skills, effort and responsibility, work undertaken and the nature of the tasks involved.49 _________________ 49For example, Case C-400/93, Royal Copenhagen, ECLI:EU:C:1995:155; Case C-309/97, Angestelltenbetriebsrat der Wiener Gebietskrankenkasse, ECLI:EU:C:1999:241; Case C-381/99, Brunnhofer, ECLI:EU:C:2001:358; Case C-427/11, Margaret Kenny and Others v Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform and Others [2013] ECLI:EU:C:2013:122, paragraph 28.
2021/10/26
Committee: EMPLFEMM
Amendment 263 #

2021/0050(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Recital 16
(16) The identification of a valid comparator is an important parameter in determining whether work may be considered of equal value. It enables the worker to show that they were treated less favourably than the comparator of a different sex performing equal work or work of equal value. In situations where no real-life comparator exists, the use of a hypothetical comparator should be allowed, allowing a worker to show that they have not been treated in the same way as a hypothetical comparator of another sex would have been treated. This would lift an important obstacle for potential victims of gender pay discrimination, especially in highly gender-segregated employment markets where a requirement of finding a comparator of the opposite sex makes it almost impossible to bring an equal pay claim. In addition, workers should not be prevented from using other facts from which an alleged discrimination can be presumed, such as a reference to an existing classification based on social partners’ collective agreements at branch or at sector level, statistics or other available information. This would allow gender-based pay inequalities to be more effectively addressed in gender-segregated sectors and professions.
2021/10/26
Committee: EMPLFEMM
Amendment 331 #

2021/0050(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Recital 25
(25) Employers with at least 250 workers should regularly report on pay, in a suitable and transparent manner, such as including the information in their management report. Companies subject to the requirements of Directive 2013/34/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council52 may also choose to report on pay alongside other worker-related matters in their management report. _________________ 52 Directive 2013/34/EU, as amended by Directive 2014/95/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 as regards disclosure of non- financial and diversity information by certain large undertakings and groups (OJ L 330, 15.11.2014, p. 1).
2021/10/26
Committee: EMPLFEMM
Amendment 367 #

2021/0050(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Recital 29 a (new)
(29a) Member States, without prejudice to the autonomy of the social partners, shall take appropriate measures to ensure that the workers’ representatives and trade unions have a right to be consulted, at an appropriate level, on measures to address the pay discrimination, particularly with regard to women and any other measures that aim to reduce the gender pay gap. Such measures may include development and application of evaluation and classification systems for jobs, which are free of pay discrimination with the participation of workers’ representatives and trade unions.
2021/10/26
Committee: EMPLFEMM
Amendment 416 #

2021/0050(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Recital 41
(41) Litigation costs create a serious disincentive for victims of gender pay discrimination to claim their right to equal pay, leading to insufficient protection and enforcement of the right to equal pay. In order to remove this strong procedural obstacle to justice, successful claimants should be allowed to recover their procedural costs from the defendant. On the other hand, claimants should not be liable for successful defendant’s proceedings costs unless the claim was brought in bad faith, was clearly frivolous or if the non-recovery by the defendant would be considered unreasonable by the courts or other competent authorities under the specific circumstances of the case, for instance having regard to the financial situation of micro-enterprises.deleted
2021/10/26
Committee: EMPLFEMM
Amendment 441 #

2021/0050(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Recital 48
(48) In order to ensure proper monitoring of the implementation of the right to equal pay between men and women for the same work or work of equal value, Member States should set up or designate a dedicated monitoring body. This body, which may be part of an existing body pursuing similar objectives, should have specific tasks in relation to the implementation of the pay transparency measures foreseen in this Directive and gather certain data to monitor pay inequalities and the impact of the pay transparency measures. Member States should ensure the monitoring body has adequate resources in order to fulfil its tasks.
2021/10/26
Committee: EMPLFEMM
Amendment 479 #

2021/0050(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Article 2 – paragraph 2
2. This Directive applies to all workers who have an employment contract or employment relationship as defined by law, collective agreements and/or practice in force in each Member State with consideration to the case-law of the Court of Justice.
2021/10/26
Committee: EMPLFEMM
Amendment 516 #

2021/0050(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point i a (new)
(ia) ‘workers’ representatives’ means trade unions or workers’ representatives according to national law and practices;
2021/10/26
Committee: EMPLFEMM
Amendment 567 #

2021/0050(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Article 4 – paragraph 3
3. The tools or methodologies shall allow assessingAn overall assessment according to this guidance, in regard to the value of work, whether workers are in a comparable situation, on the basis of objective criteria which shallmay include educational, professional and training requirements, skills, effort and responsibility, work undertaken and the nature of the tasks involved or similar criteria laid down by national law or by collective agreement. They shall not contain or be based on criteria which are based, whether directly or indirectly, on workers’ sex.
2021/10/26
Committee: EMPLFEMM
Amendment 581 #

2021/0050(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Article 4 – paragraph 4
4. Whenever differences in pay can be attributed to a single source establishing the pay conditions, the assessment whether workers are carrying out the same work or work of equal value shall not be limited to situations in which female and male workers work for the same employer but may be extended to that single source. The assessment shall also not be limited to workers employed at the same time as the worker concerned. Where no real comparator can be established, a comparison with a hypothetical comparator or the use of other evidence allowing to presume alleged discrimination shall be permitted such as a reference to an existing classification based on social partners’ collective agreements at branch or at sector level.
2021/10/26
Committee: EMPLFEMM
Amendment 624 #

2021/0050(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Article 6 – paragraph 1
The employer shall make easily accessible to its workers a description of the criteria used to determine pay levels and career progression for workers. These criteria shall be gender-neutral.
2021/10/26
Committee: EMPLFEMM
Amendment 637 #

2021/0050(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Article 7 – paragraph 1
1. Workers shall have the right to receive information on their individual pay level and the average pay levels, broken down by sex, for categories of workers doing the same work as them or work of equal value to theirs, in accordance with paragraphs 3 and 4. Such a request cannot be submitted more than two times per year.
2021/10/26
Committee: EMPLFEMM
Amendment 683 #

2021/0050(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Article 8 – paragraph 1 – introductory part
1. Employers with at least 250 workers shall provide the following information concerning their organisation, in accordance with paragraphs 2, 3, and 5:
2021/10/26
Committee: EMPLFEMM
Amendment 715 #

2021/0050(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Article 8 – paragraph 1 – point f
(f) the proportion of female and male workers in each quartile pay band;deleted
2021/10/26
Committee: EMPLFEMM
Amendment 731 #

2021/0050(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Article 8 – paragraph 1 a (new)
1a. Employers shall provide the information referred to in paragraph 1 by ... [2 years after the entry into force of this Directive] and thereafter as follows: (i) for employers with 50 to 250 workers, every two years; (ii) for employers with at least 250 workers, every year.
2021/10/26
Committee: EMPLFEMM
Amendment 749 #

2021/0050(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Article 8 – paragraph 3
3. The employer shall publish the information referred to in paragraph 1, points (a) to (fe) on an annual basis in a user-friendly way on its website or shall otherwise make it publicly available. The information from the previous four years, if available, shall also be accessible upon request. In addition, the employer shall share this information with the monitoring body referred to in paragraph 6.
2021/10/26
Committee: EMPLFEMM
Amendment 776 #

2021/0050(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Article 8 – paragraph 6
6. Member States shall entrust the monitoring body designated pursuant to Article 26 to collect the data received from employers pursuant to paragraph 1, points (a) to (fe) and to ensure that this data is public and allows a comparison between employers, sectors and regions of the Member State concerned in a user-friendly way.
2021/10/26
Committee: EMPLFEMM
Amendment 804 #

2021/0050(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Article 9 – paragraph 1 – introductory part
1. Member States shall take appropriate measures to ensure that employers with at least 250 workers conduct, in cooperation with their workers’ representatives, a joint pay assessment where both of the following conditions are met:
2021/10/26
Committee: EMPLFEMM
Amendment 880 #

2021/0050(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Article 11 – paragraph 1 a (new)
In accordance with Member States' national law and practises and without prejudice to the autonomy of social partners, Member States shall guarantee that the rights and obligations, laid down in the this Directive, will be consulted with the social partners.
2021/10/26
Committee: EMPLFEMM
Amendment 940 #

2021/0050(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Article 18 – paragraph 3
3. Member States shall ensure that the limitation periods for bringing claims are set at three years at leastin accordance with national labour market practice and established case law.
2021/10/26
Committee: EMPLFEMM
Amendment 951 #

2021/0050(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Article 19
Claimants who prevail on a pay discrimination claim shall have the right to recover from the defendant, in addition to any other damages, reasonable legal and experts’ fees and costs. Defendants who prevail on a pay discrimination claim shall not have the right to recover any legal and experts’ fees from the claimant(s) and costs, unless the claim was brought in bad faith, was clearly frivolous or where such non-recovery is considered manifestly unreasonable under the specific circumstances of the case.Article 19 deleted Legal and judicial costs
2021/10/26
Committee: EMPLFEMM
Amendment 957 #

2021/0050(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Article 19 – paragraph 1
Claimants who prevail on a pay discrimination claim shall have the right to recover from the defendant, in addition to any other damages, reasonable legal and experts’ fees and costs. Defendants who prevail on a pay discrimination claim shall not have the right to recover any legal and experts’ fees from the claimant(s) and costs, unless the claim was brought in bad faith, was clearly frivolous or where such non-recovery is considered manifestly unreasonable under the specific circumstances of the caseMember States, in accordance with their judicial systems and national legislation, shall determine the burden of legal and judicial costs in the context of claims relating to the pay discrimination.
2021/10/26
Committee: EMPLFEMM
Amendment 1021 #

2021/0050(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Article 26 – paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. Member States shall ensure the monitoring body has adequate resources in order to fulfil its tasks.
2021/10/26
Committee: EMPLFEMM
Amendment 19 #

2021/0031(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 3
(3) The regional economic accounts for agriculture (REAA) are a regional-level adaptation of the EAA. National figures alone cannot reveal the full and sometimes complex picture of what is happening at a more detailed level. Therefore, regional- level data help to increase the understanding of the diversity that exists between regions, complementing information for the Union, the euro area and individual Member States. The REAA therefore need to be integrated into Regulation (EC) No 138/2004 both in terms of methodology, transmission programme of data, and appropriate transmission deadlines.
2021/08/19
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 23 #

2021/0031(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 4 a (new)
(4 a) Expanding national statistics to the regional level is essential to get a full picture of the situation of the agricultural sector, especially in the context of the results-oriented performance framework of the new CAP reform, which will enter into force in 2023. By providing better data for assessing the sustainability of the agricultural sector for the environment, people, regions and economy, the European System of Agricultural Statistics will also contribute to the priorities of the Green Deal, and in particular to the Farm-to-Fork and Biodiversity strategies.
2021/08/19
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 24 #

2021/0031(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 4 b (new)
(4 b) Agricultural statistics should provide high-quality statistical evidence for the implementation and monitoring of the CAP, which is an important driver for jobs and sustainable economic growth in the Union.
2021/08/19
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 25 #

2021/0031(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 5
(5) Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 provides the legal framework for European statistics and requires Member States to comply with the statistical principles and quality criteria specified in the Regulation. Quality reports are essential for assessing, improving and communicating on the quality of European statistics. The European Statistical System Committee (ESSC) has endorsed the single integrated metadata structure as the ESS standard for quality reporting, thereby helping to satisfy, through uniform standards and harmonised methods, the statistical quality requirements laid down in Regulation (EC) No 223/2009, in particular those set out in Article 12 (3) thereof. This Regulation shall respect the general statistical principle set out in Regulation (EC) No 223/2009, which provides that the costs of producing statistics are to be proportional to the importance of the results and benefits sought, that resources are to be used optimally and that the response burden is to be minimised.
2021/08/19
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 57 #

2021/0020(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 1
(1) A statistical knowledge base is necessary to design, implement, monitor, evaluate and review policies related to agriculture in the Union, in particular the common agricultural policy (‘CAP’), including rural development measures, as well as Union policies relating to, among other things, the environment, pesticide and veterinary medicinal usage, climate change, land use, regions, public health and the sustainable development goals of the United Nations.
2021/06/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 69 #

2021/0020(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 3
(3) High quality harmonised, transparent and reliable statistical data are important to assess the state and trends of agricultural input and output in the Union, the functioning of markets, and food security and to assess the sustainability as well as the environmental, economic and social impacts of Union and national policies, as well as for the development of new business models, digital services and modern technology. Those data include, but are not limited to, livestock and meat statistics, the production and use of eggs, and the production and use of milk and milk products. Statistics on the area, yield and production of arable crops, vegetables, various permanent crops and grasslands and commodity balances are also important. Increasingly, statistics on the sales and use of plant protection products and fertilisers are needed.
2021/06/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 98 #

2021/0020(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 21
(21) Member States or responsible national authorities should endeavour to modernise data collection modes insofar as possible. The use of digital solutions should be promoted. The methods for collection and the collection of the data shall aim to not impose extra cost or administrative burden on Members States or on farmers, especially for SME's.
2021/06/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 101 #

2021/0020(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 22
(22) In order to ensure flexibility and to reduce the administrative burden on respondents, NSIs and other national authorities, Member States should be allowed to use statistical surveys, administrative records and any other sources, methods or innovative approaches, such as digital tools and remote sensors, as well as including scientifically based and well documented methods such as imputation, estimation and modelling. The quality, and in particular the accuracy, timeliness and comparability of statistics based on these sources, should always be ensured.
2021/06/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 103 #

2021/0020(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 23 a (new)
(23a) On 25 June 1998 the Community signed the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (hereinafter the Aarhus Convention). The EU approved the Aarhus Convention on 17 February 2005. Provisions of EU law shall be consistent with that Convention. The Aarhus Convention calls for public access to environmental information either following a request or by active dissemination by the authorities covered by the Convention.
2021/06/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 126 #

2021/0020(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 5
5. The Commission may adopt implementing acts further specifying the coverage requirements referred to in paragraphs 2, 3 and 4. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 15(2), and they shall not impose a significant additional burden or costs on farmers or on Member States.
2021/06/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 154 #

2021/0020(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 5 – paragraph 9 – introductory part
9. The Commission may adopt implementingdelegated acts to define the data sets to be transmitted to the Commission (Eurostat). Those implementingdelegated acts shall specify the following technical elements of the data to be provided, where appropriate:
2021/06/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 159 #

2021/0020(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 5 – paragraph 9 – subparagraph 1
Those implementingdelegated acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 15(2)4 not later than 9 months before the beginning of the reference year[insert 6 months following the entry into force of the regulation].
2021/06/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 160 #

2021/0020(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 5 – paragraph 9 – subparagraph 1 a (new)
When exercising its power to adopt delegated acts pursuant to paragraph 8 and 9, the Commission shall ensure that the following conditions are fulfilled: (a) the delegated acts aim to achieve cost and burden neutrality or reduction and do not, in any case, impose a significant additional cost or burden on the Member States or on the respondents; (b) the delegated acts are adopted at least 12 months before the start of the reference period of the data.
2021/06/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 167 #

2021/0020(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 2
2. The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts referred to in paragraph 1 starting with the reference year [insert 2 years after entering into force of the regulation] and with a minimum of 24 years between each ad hoc data collection.
2021/06/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 168 #

2021/0020(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 3 – introductory part
3. The Commission mayust adopt implementingdelegated acts to provide:
2021/06/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 171 #

2021/0020(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 1
Those implementingdelegated acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 154, not later than 126 months before the beginning of thefollowing the adoption of the related act referrence yeard to in paragraph 1.
2021/06/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 174 #

2021/0020(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 3 a (new)
3a. When exercising its power to adopt delegated acts pursuant to paragraph 1 and 3, the Commission shall ensure that the following conditions are fulfilled: (a) the delegated acts aim to achieve cost and burden neutrality or reduction and do not, in any case, impose a significant additional cost or burden on the Member States or on the respondents; (b) the delegated acts are adopted at least 12 months before the start of the reference period of the data.
2021/06/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 180 #

2021/0020(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 8 – paragraph 1 – point c
(c) other sources, methods or innovative approaches, such as digital tools and remote sensors.
2021/06/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 201 #

2021/0020(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 10 – paragraph 9 a (new)
9a. The Commission (Eurostat) shall publish on Internet and free of cost, the quality report provided by Member States, other reports or information provided by Member States in application to this article, as well as any request of the Commission (Eurostat) for clarification.
2021/06/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 204 #

2021/0020(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 10 – paragraph 9 b (new)
9b. The data collected on the topics listed in Article 5(1), shall be actively disseminated by the Commission (Eurostat) via Internet, free of charge, excluding confidential data.
2021/06/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 215 #

2021/0020(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 13 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1
The relevant Member State shall submit a duly reasoned request for such a derogation to the Commission within three months of the date of the entry into force of the act concerned, explaining what major adaptations are needed to the national statistical system and an estimated timeline for such adaptations. This request shall be made public.
2021/06/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 217 #

2021/0020(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 13 – paragraph 1 a (new)
1a. The Commission (Eurostat) shall review and assess whether the request fulfils the relevant conditions set out in paragraph 1 of this Article. Where the Commission considers that the derogation is not justified in accordance with the relevant conditions set out in paragraph 1 of this Article, it shall adopt a decision within 3 months from the date of receipt of the reasoned request, informing the Member State concerned that the derogation cannot be accepted and stating the reasons for that refusal. This decision shall be made public.
2021/06/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 218 #

2021/0020(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 13 – paragraph 2
2. The implementing acts referred to in paragraph 1, first subparagraphCommission may adopt delegated acts specifying the conditions set out in paragraph 1 of this article. Those acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred toprocedure set out in Article 15(2)4.
2021/06/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 222 #

2021/0020(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 14 – paragraph 4
4. Before adopting a delegated act, the Commission shall consult experts designated by each Member State in accordance with the principles laid down in the Inter-institutional Agreement of 13 April 2016 on Better Law-Making. The European Parliament shall receive the planning for the following months and invitations for all experts meetings. The preparation and drawing-up of delegated acts under this regulation shall include written public consultations of a duration of minimum 6 weeks.
2021/06/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 223 #

2021/0020(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 14 a (new)
Article 14a Review 1. By December 31 [insert year following 30 months after the date of application of this Regulation] and every five years thereafter, the Commission shall review this Regulation and shall submit a report on its implementation to the European Parliament and the Council. 2. During the first review referred to in paragraph 1, the Commission shall assess in particular: (a) Whether and why there are data gaps and deficiencies in the data collected limiting the ability of public authorities to assess progress towards sustainable agriculture, including data relating to the use of plant protection, biocidal and veterinary medicinal products.
2021/06/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 9 #

2020/2273(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Recalls that agricultural productivity and resilience depend on biodiversity to guarantee the long-term sustainability of our food systems; underlines, furthermore, that much of the biodiversity across Europe has been created by farming and forestry and its survival is dependent on the continued active management of farmland; highlights the fact that sustainable and effective management of natural resources is of the utmost importance for maintaining biodiversity and combating climate change; therefore believes implementation should focus on profitable measures;
2021/01/21
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 27 #

2020/2273(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 c (new)
1c. Requires strong support to agricultural practices, such as agroforestry and pastoralism in high value areas, which provide a wide variety of ecosystem services, including biodiversity, landscape, carbon storage, soil protection, and water cycle regulation;
2021/01/21
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 34 #

2020/2273(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Welcomes the high level of ambition of the EU biodiversity strategy for 2030 in seeking to halt and reverse biodiversity loss in the EU; reminds that effective implementation of the strategy calls also for economic and social aspects to be recognized in a more balanced way; considers that this level of ambition encourages policy action at all levels and promotes the development of research and innovative solutions to tackle biodiversity loss; stresses that the continuous decline in farmland biodiversity is a reality and that bold action is needed to counteract this trend; underlines that prior to expanding the cover of protected areas across Europe a holistic and in-depth evaluation of the effectiveness of current protected land areas is crucial;
2021/01/21
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 41 #

2020/2273(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Welcomes the high level of ambition of the EU biodiversity strategy for 2030 in seeking to halt and reverse biodiversity loss in the EU; considers that this level of ambition encourages policy action at all levels and promotes the development of research and innovative solutions to tackle biodiversity loss; stresses that the continuous decline in farmland biodiversity is a reality and that bold action is needed to counteract this trend, carefully balancing voluntary and legislative measures;
2021/01/21
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 71 #

2020/2273(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Emphasises the strong link with the Farm to Fork strategy, the Forest strategy and the Bioeconomy strategy and the need for a holistic approach to the food system and to the forest value chains, keeping in mind all three pillars of sustainability (environmental, economic and social); calls on the Commission to establish an evidence-based evaluation of the implementation of the Biodiversity strategy’s measures and targets, in particular of the individual and cumulative impacts on the social and economic sustainability of agriculture and forest based sector in the EU, food security and prices, and the potential risks of displacing biodiversity losses abroad by the replacement of local agricultural production with imports; as well as impacts on the wood availability, innovation, competitiveness, resilience and autonomy, including the potential leakage effects of the bioeconomy if the implementation restricts the sustainable usage of natural resources inside EU and which could increase the use of fossil raw-materials;
2021/01/21
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 80 #

2020/2273(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Emphasises the strong link with the Farm to Fork strategy and the need for a holistic approach to the food system; calls on the Commission to base all measures and targets included in subsequent proposals on impact assessments ex-ante and to establish an evidence-based evaluation of the implementation of the strategy’se measures and targets ex-post, in particular of the individual and cumulative impacts on the social and economic sustainability of agriculture in the EU, food security and prices, and the potential risks of displacing biodiversity losses abroad by the replacement of local agricultural production with imports;
2021/01/21
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 90 #

2020/2273(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3 a. Underlines that for the EU to be climate-neutral by 2050 there is a need for determined shift from the fossil economy to a circular bio-economy requiring investments for example in forest growth and the continued availability of wooden raw material guaranteed by sustainable forest management; highlights that sustainable forest management can support long-term wood availability for bio-based products while enhancing biodiversity and carbon storage; highlights the importance of using internationally recognized definitions to ensure consistency of collected data on global level;
2021/01/21
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 100 #

2020/2273(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 b (new)
3b. Emphasises the importance of thorough and comprehensive impact assessments for any implementation actions related to the Biodiversity Strategy; calls on the acknowledgement of the subsidiarity and proportionality of the implementation measures which should avoid any unnecessary administrative burden; reminds that the consideration of specific national conditions as well as measures already taken by Member States have to be taken into account;
2021/01/21
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 102 #

2020/2273(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Considers that biodiversity conservation is a key societal goal, requiring a broad and inclusive debate, and the effective participation of everyone in society, in particular those more affected by the measures, such as the farming community, landowners, and the forest based sector, while at the same benefiting from their knowledge and experience, avoiding top-down measures; and creating a sense of ownership, vital for the successful implementation of the strategy and generational renewal in the sector; stresses the need to provide remuneration and prioritise positive incentives and voluntary bottom-up participatory process in order to increase the acceptance, motivation and commitment of biodiversity protection, and thus, calls for a careful approach towards any new legally binding instrument; highlights the need to fully respect and support the rights of landowners; taking into account the actual base line at MS level and prioritizing voluntary measures;
2021/01/21
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 118 #

2020/2273(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4 a. Emphasises the strong link of the strategy with the post 2020 EU Forest Strategy and the need for a holistic approach to forests; stresses that the future EU Forest Strategy should be used as the main policy framework to coordinate all policies related to forests, forestry and the forest-based sector; Reiterates that Member States continue to decide, as highlighted in the views of the Council and the Parliament on the EU Forest Strategy, on policies on forestry and forests, including on their conservation, protection and restoration measures; stresses that defining forest and forestry related terms and measures, including e.g. protection and strict protection, old-growth and primary forests, afforestation and reforestation, degraded areas and closer to nature forestry, should be done by the Member States;
2021/01/21
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 120 #

2020/2273(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4a. Invites the Commission to consider the need and the possibility for re- evaluating existing protected zones, which could include, inter alia, assessment of their effectiveness; Believes that there should be a possibility for consultation with the Commission for the change of the status of these zones if the evaluation proves it necessary;
2021/01/21
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 125 #

2020/2273(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 b (new)
4b. Considers that the creation of sub- zones or regions, in the existing protected zones, where different range of activities could be permitted, based on the specificities of these areas, would allow for more flexibility while at the same time increase the effectiveness of the protection;
2021/01/21
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 131 #

2020/2273(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Stresses the key role of the common agricultural policy (CAP) in protecting and promoting farmland biodiversity while keeping in mind the main objectives of the CAP stated in the Article 39 of the Treaty; underlines the potential of the green architecture components of the CAP in promoting and providing incentives for the transition to more sustainable agricultural systems for producing food and maintaining high nature valuebiodiversity on farmland; considers that Member States must ensure the timely development and uptake of actions which contribute to enhancing the delivery and potential of biodiversity benefits in line with the required level of ambition while taking account special conditions at national, regional and local level as one size does not fit all;
2021/01/21
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 140 #

2020/2273(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Stresses the key role of the common agricultural policy (CAP) in protecting and promoting farmland biodiversity; underlines the potential of the green architecture components of the CAP in promoting and providing active farmers with individual or collective incentives for the transition to more sustainable agricultural systems for producing food and maintaining high nature value farmland; considers that Member States must ensure the timely development and uptake of actions which contribute to enhancing the delivery and potential of biodiversity benefits in line with the required level of ambition;
2021/01/21
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 147 #

2020/2273(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5a. Reiterates the importance of sustainable utilization and management of water resources for the protection and the restauration of the biodiversity; encourages the Commission and the Member States to strengthen their support for effective and efficient irrigation systems and sustainable water management;
2021/01/21
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 157 #

2020/2273(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6
6. Highlights the importance of maintaining and restoring high-diversity landscape features in agricultural landscapes for their value in terms of biodiversity, pollinators and the natural biological control of pests; calls on the Member States to develop the necessary measures under their CAP Strategic Plans to promote non-productive areas and features with the aim of achieving an area of at least 10% of high diversity areas beneficial for biodiversity at national level, promoting interconnectivity between habitats and thereby maxas well as agricultural practices which contribute to biodiversity promoting sustainably managed interconnections between habitats and thereby maximising the potential for biodiversity where voluntary measures needs to be taken into account; stresses that dedication to high diversity should not result in the withdrawal of areas from food production, which would put additional pressure on agricultural land availability and prices; reminds that access to land is one of the primary factors limisting the potential for biodiversitsettlement of young farmers and the renewal of generations in European farms, which is an important objective of the European agricultural policy;
2021/01/21
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 167 #

2020/2273(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6
6. Highlights the importance of maintaining and restoring high-diversity landscape features in agricultural landscapes for their value in terms of biodiversity, pollinators and the natural biological control of pests; calls on the Member States to develop the necessary measures under their CAP Strategic Plans to promote non-productive areas and features with the aim of achieving an area of at least 10% of high diversity areas beneficial for biodiversity at national level, promoting interconnectivity between habitats and thereby maximising the potential for biodiversity; considers that the setting up of non-productive areas should be assessed to avoid as much as possible a negative impact on the access of young farmers to land;
2021/01/21
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 179 #

2020/2273(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6 a (new)
6a. takes note of the Commission’s proposal to increase the area under protection and under strict protection; notes with concern that the Commission considers extractive activities such as fishing, hunting or forestry incompatible with strict protection, as expressed in a draft technical note on criteria and guidance for protected areas designations; insists that those activities that are compatible with protection goals or even positively contribute to biodiversity protection must remain admissible in areas under strict protection; echoes paragraph 10 of the Council Conclusions of 16 October 2020 on Biodiversity which highlights that stricter level of protection may allow for certain human activities, which are in line with the conservation objectives of the protected area;
2021/01/21
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 185 #

2020/2273(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6 a (new)
6a. Underlines the importance of stimulating and supporting the rearing and conservation of local autochthonous/indigenous livestock breeds and varieties of traditional seeds, along with the development of modern livestock breeds and seeds;
2021/01/21
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 202 #

2020/2273(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7
7. Welcomes the recognition of organic farming as a strong component on the EU’s path towards more sustainable food systems; underlines that the development of organic food production must be market driven and accompanied by research, innovation and scientific transfer, market and supply chain development, and measures stimulating demand for organic food, ensuring both the stability of the organic products market and the fair remuneration of farmers;
2021/01/21
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 208 #

2020/2273(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7 a (new)
7a. Notes that soil biodiversity covers different soil types (mineral and organic) which provide ecosystem services and public goods including food production, where organic soils rich in nitrogen supply and water retention capacity provide good conditions for biomass growth under non-rainy periods; therefore underlines that the role of climate change and biodiversity adaptation of drought-resistant organic soils needs to be seen broadly, and their essential importance on food and biomass security and resilience must be recognized;
2021/01/21
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 225 #

2020/2273(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8
8. Underlines the importance of sustainable forest management for the health and longevity of forest ecosystems including fauna and flora and the preservation of the multifunctional role of forests as well as for the achievement of the SDGs and for the implementation of the European Green Deal and combating climate change; reminds that the Member States have the responsibility for the implementation of forestry and selection of forestry measures; highlights the potential of agroforestry to improve and boost ecosystem services and farmland biodiversity, while enhancing farm productivity;
2021/01/21
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 241 #

2020/2273(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8 a (new)
8a. Highlights the importance of healthy soil for biodiversity, forest conversion and agricultural ecosystem services and takes note of existing knowledge and data gaps in the area; calls on Commission and Member State to support further research in soil ecosystem services and to adjust relevant existing funding programmes in order to facilitate such research projects;
2021/01/21
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 267 #

2020/2273(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 9
9. Stresses the importance of plant protection products and tools for the stability of agricultural production and the sustainability of farmers’ incomes; considers that, although progress has been made, a substantial reduction in the use and risks of chemicalfurther efforts to reduce and mitigate the environmental impacts of pesticides use is needed; stresses the key role of integrated pest management in reducing pesticide dependency, and urges the Member States to ensure it is applied and its implementation is assessed systematically; stresses that farmers need a bigger toolbox of crop protection solutions and methods, as well as bolstered training and advisory systems; underlines that in order to achieve substantial reductions in pesticide use and risk, not only safer alternatives must become available to ensure the availability of a functioning toolbox and more efficient use must be facilitated by tools such as digital and precision farming, but also there is a need for more resistant varieties that require less input to secure stable yields; stresses the importance of new breeding techniques for making such varieties available without undue delay;
2021/01/21
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 272 #

2020/2273(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 9
9. Stresses the importance of plant protection products and tools for food security, the stability of agricultural production and climate change adaption and the sustainability of farmers’ incomes; considers that, although progress has been made, a substantialfurther reduction in the use and risks of chemical pesticides accompanied with development of alternative sustainable protection technologies is needed; stresses the key role of integrated pest management in reducing pesticide dependency, and urges the Member States to ensure it is applied and its implementation is assessed systematically; stresses that farmers need a bigger toolbox of crop protection solutions and methods, as well as bolstered research, innovation, training and advisory systems; as well as better access to new and better low risk active substances;
2021/01/21
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 287 #

2020/2273(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 9 a (new)
9a. Welcomes the Commission’s proposal to reduce nutrient losses; stresses that a strategy to reduce nutrient losses should focus primarily on enabling farmers to increase efficiency of nutrient management and highlights the importance of innovative technologies and solutions in this regard; further calls for the strategy to consider the climate and environmental impacts of different fertilisers;
2021/01/21
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 292 #

2020/2273(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 9 a (new)
9a. Stresses the role of precision agriculture in the protection of biodiversity as it contributes to reducing the use of pesticides, fertilizers and water, and therefore requires strong support for this new production model through the Common Agricultural Policy;
2021/01/21
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 306 #

2020/2273(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 10
10. Regrets the fact that agricultural production is being increasingly concentrated in a limited range of agricultural crops, varieties and genotypes; underlines that preserving genetic variability in all its components is crucial to promoting the diversity and richness of agricultural ecosystems and to the preservation of local genetic resources, in particular as a repository of solutions to help in facing the environmental challenges that lie aheadand food security challenges that lie ahead; reminds that achieving effective results requires investments in both new plant breeding techniques and the utilization of old varieties.
2021/01/21
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 121 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 24 a (new)
- having regard to its resolution of 13 September 2018 on a European One Health Action Plan against Antimicrobial Resistance,
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 169 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A
A. whereas the Commission communication on a Farm to Fork Strategy sets out a holistic approach of the European food system, with agriculture, as a provider of food, fibre, renewable energies and fuel, at the centre, while recognising the interconnectedness and shared responsibility of all actors throughout the whole supply chain to achieve the Strategy's objectives;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 199 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B
B. whereas Europe’s food system should delivers food and nutrition security in a way that contributes to social well- being and maintains and restores ecosystem health; whereas cfurrently,ther efforts are necessary in the food system isto responsible forduce a range of impacts on human and animal health and on the environment, the climate and biodiversity; whereas the way in which we produce and consume food needs to transformevolve further in order to ensure coherence with the SDGs, the Paris Agreement, the Convention on Biological Diversity and EU policies, particularly in the areaas well as in general to achieve a coherent balance between the pillars of sustainability, including the environment, climate, public health, food affordability, animal welfare, food and economic sustainability for farmers and actors further down the food chain, as well as social aspects such as working and employment conditions and health and safety standards;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 298 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C
C. whereas the European model of a multifunctional agricultural sector,-food sector, consisting of various farming models and driven by family farms, continues to ensure diverse quality food production, local and transparent supply chains, good agriculture practices, high environmental standards and vibrant rural areas throughout the EU;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 320 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C a (new)
Ca. whereas the transition of European agriculture towards more sustainable practices and circularity will require substantial investments and adequate access to finance is a precondition; whereas the EIB is committed to increase the share of its financing of investments in climate action and environmental sustainability to reach 50 % of its operations in 2025 and from then on; whereas this could be utilised to roll out technologies that contribute to sustainable practices and to strengthening the link of agriculture to the circular economy;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 372 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D
D. whereas it is important that consumers are informed and enabled to take responsibility for the consequences of their choice of food stuffs on the whole food system, from production to processing and distribution; whereas this requires a healthy and sound food environment which ensures that the healthy and sustainable choice is also the easy and affordable choice, andthe availability of a wide variety of products to choose from, the availability of comprehensible information on parameters including nutritional and sustainability-relevant facts, as well as well-educated consumers; whereas it is important to fosters and encourages consumption patterns that support human health while ensuring the sustainable use of natural and human resources and animal welfare;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 379 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D
D. whereas it is important that consumers are informed and enabled to take responsibility for the consequences of their choice of food stuffs on the whole food system, from production to processing and distribution; whereas this requires a healthy and sound food environment which ensures that the healthy and sustainable choice is also the easy and affordable choice, and fosters and encourages consumption patterns that support human health while ensuring the sustainable use of natural and human resources and animal welfare while ensuring economic viability for farmers;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 435 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital E a (new)
Ea. whereas the Farm to Fork Strategy must build on all three pillars of sustainability (economic, social and environmental) and should commit, encourage and incentivise all relevant stakeholders in the food chain for sustainability while taking account the steps already taken;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 439 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital E a (new)
Ea. recognises that EU’s agriculture has reduced GHG emissions by 22% in the period 1990 -2016, while in the same period the GHG emissions from agriculture have increased by 6% in the USA, by 24% in China and India and by 47% in Brazil;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 461 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital E b (new)
Eb. recognises that EU’s agriculture has reduced the use of antibiotic burden by 35% in the period 2011 - 2018 and that the share of the veterinary burden represents 1/3 of the AMR burden in EU, while the remaining 2/3 of AMR burden is related to human antibiotics use;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 462 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital E b (new)
Eb. whereas the Covid-19 crisis has highlighted shortcomings in the free movement of goods, due to a lack of coordination between the Member States in the initial phase of the lockdown, leading to a disruption of the internal market;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 465 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital E b (new)
Eb. whereas the EU strives to increase the competitiveness and economic performance of small and medium-sized farmers;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 499 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Welcomes the farm to fork strategy as an important step in ensuring a sustainable, fair, diverse and resilient food system, which is central to achieving the goals set out in the European Green Deal and in the SDGs; emphasises the inextricable links between healthy people, healthy societies and a healthy planet, and the need to achieve a balanced policy approach; encourages the Commission to translate the strategy into concrete legislative and non-legislative action as soon as possible, duly taking into account voluntary measures;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 500 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Welcomes the farm to fork strategy as an important step in ensuring a sustainable, fair and resilient food system, which is central to achieving the goals set out in the European Green Deal and in the SDGs; emphasises the inextricable links between healthy people, healthy societies and a healthy planet, encourages the Commission to translate the strategy into concrete legislative and non-legislative action as soon as possiblefollowing scientifically sound impact assessments and duly taking into account the different farming models across EU Member States;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 544 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 b (new)
1b. Highlights that the new Common Agricultural Policy reform is in line with the new farm to fork strategy and stresses the efforts already made by many European farmers in order to be more sustainable and reduce their climate and environmental impact; welcomes the introduction of new enhanced environmental measures in the new reform while keeping interventions which have been contributing to improve the agriculture sustainability, including the support to areas with natural constraints;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 577 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Welcomes the announcement of an impact-assessed proposal for a legislative framework for sustainable food systems; invites the Commission to use this proposal to set out a holistic common food policy aimed at reducing the environmental and climate footprint of the EU food system in order to make Europe the first climate- neutral continent by 2050 and strengthen its resilience to ensure food security in the face of climate change and biodiversity loss, leading a global transition towards sustainability from farm to fork, based on the principle of a multifunctional and diverse agricultural sector while ensuring consistency between policies by taking into account the existing legislation in order to enable all actors in the European food system to develop long-term plans based on realistic and transparent objectives; suggests that the respective base lines and progress achieved in each Member State be taken into account, while promoting the exchange of know-how and best practices between Member States; insists that framework must be sufficiently flexible to adapt goals and measures to the specific needs and conditions of Member States and regions, which will not be achieved by a one-size-fits-all approach; stresses the need to include the entire food and beverage chains including processing, marketing, distribution and retail;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 611 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. Stresses the importance of policy coherence with existing EU policies and especially between the measures envisaged by the farm to fork strategy and Common Agriculture and Fisheries Policies, EU Trade policies, the EU Bio- economy Strategy and the EU Biodiversity Strategy; therefore underlines that the Commission should base legislative proposals on independent scientific impact assessments taking into account the cumulative effects, and evaluate existing legislation and the efficiency of its implementation and propose action which suits Member States' natural conditions;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 617 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. Acknowledges that there is no universal definition of sustainability as this concept comprehends multiple pillars, including climate- and environmental aspects, economic viability for primary producers and other actors in the food chain, social aspects such as employment prospects in rural areas, food affordability and public health, as well as animal welfare; stresses that there are trade-offs between different pillars that must be managed based on value judgements; calls on the Commission to promote a societal dialogue on a common understanding of sustainability on the path towards its proposal for a legislative framework for a sustainable food system, which ultimately will have to be based on one coherent approach to all aspects of sustainability;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 670 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2 b (new)
2b. Insists that the assessment of the sustainability of products must be based on a life-cycle approach that considers pre- and down-chain aspects such as raw material sourcing, transport and storage requirement, as well as impacts on land use and possible displacement effects that could lead to imported pollution;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 677 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2 c (new)
2c. Underlines that no single farming model can fulfil the various requirements for sustainable production as all models have their specific strengths and weaknesses with regard to the different pillars of sustainability, particularly climate and environmental performance including land-use; calls for a multi- model approach that focuses on exploiting the strengths of different farming models and further improving their weaknesses;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 681 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2 d (new)
2d. Calls on the Commission to set up a comprehensive governance framework that invites the participation of all stakeholder groups in the further development and implementation of the Strategy and its subsequent measures;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 721 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Welcomes the decision to revise the 3. directive on the sustainable use of pesticides and takes note of the reduction targets for pesticides, fertilinutrient lossers, and antibiotics; emphasises the importance of pursuing these targets through holistic and circular approaches, such as agroecological practices; insists that each Member State should establish robust quantitative reduction targets, accompanieda comprehensive and accumulative impact assessment on the individual and combined effects of all targets and measures proposed in the Farm-to-Fork Strategy and other relevant strategies including the Circular Economy Action Plan, Bioeconomy Action Plan and Biodiversity Strategy before submitting any legislative proposal; insists that the accumulative impact assessment shall take into account trade-offs between policy goals and map options for their management, as well as the availability of safer, effective and efficient alternatives; insists that each Member State should contribute to reaching EU targets, including by well- defined support measures ensuring accountability at all levels to help reach these targets; reiterates its call for the translation into legislation of the above targets and objectives andstresses that Member States have different starting points and that efforts undertaken must be considered and hence calls on the Commission to clarify how it will deal with individual Member States’ contributions to Union-wide targets and to clarify the baselines for these targets;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 791 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3a. Stresses that organic farming provides reliable environmental benefits, while acknowledges its lower yields and higher yield variability; underlines that the development of organic food production must be market driven and accompanied by research, innovation and scientific transfer, market and supply chain development; believes that organic farming should be further promoted while continuing exploiting the strengths of different farming models and further improving them in order to ensure both the stability of the organic products market and fair remuneration for the farmers;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 827 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3 b (new)
3b. Welcomes the Commission´s proposal to reduce nutrient losses; stresses that a strategy to reduce nutrient losses should focus primarily on enabling farmers to increase efficiency of nutrient management and highlights the importance of innovative technologies and solutions such as precision and smart farming and plant nutrition advisory services and management support; further calls for the strategy to consider the climate and environmental impact of different fertilisers;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 838 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3 b (new)
3b. Believes that the reduction in the use of pesticides should be accompanied by the introduction of alternative solutions to control epidemics, including new science-based techniques and the development of precision agriculture and integrated pest management;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 843 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3 c (new)
3c. Recalls the importance of the One Health approach and of fighting antimicrobial resistance; welcomes the Commission’s initiative to tackle the irresponsible use of antibiotics; believes that the proper implementation of the Veterinary Medicines Regulation will further reduce the use of antibiotics use efficiently; calls on the Commission and Member States to focus on further measures of enabling and incentivising innovative solutions, particularly in prevention tools and alternative therapies and vaccines; stresses that progress made must be taken into account when considering reduction targets and insists that reductions can only be considered to a level that guarantees the availability of antibiotics, if needed to ensure animal health;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 854 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3 c (new)
3c. Stresses the need to modify the Regulation1107/2009 on the placing of plant protection products on the market in order to simplify the authorisation procedures following an in-depth evaluation of the zonal system, and to ensure an harmonised scientific assessment of plant protection products in the Member States;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 871 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3 e (new)
3e. Acknowledges the substantial efforts made to reduce the use of antimicrobials for treating animals as highlighted in the 2019 European Court of Auditors report on AMR, further enhanced by the new EU Regulations on Veterinary Medicinal Products and Medicated Feed, contributing to the global effort to reduce antibiotic resistance; underlines that the EU must ensure the treatment of animals with antimicrobials remains possible when needed, in order to ensure that animal health and welfare is protected at all times;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 913 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. Emphasises the importance of recognising the significant impact of agriculture and especially some animal production practices on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and land use; stresses the need to enhance natural carbon sinks and reduce agricultural emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, in particular in the feed and livestock sectors; calls for regulatory measures and targets to ensure progressive reductions in all GHG emissions in these sectors, while not degrading the quality and nutrient value of European soils and while ensuring that imports from third countries not compliant with the Strategy conditions and objectives will be subject to the EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism or similar EU adjustment mechanisms to ensure fair competition for EU producers;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 921 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. Emphasises the importance of recognising the significant impact of agriculture and especially animal production on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and land use; stresses the need to enhance natural carbon sinks and reduce agricultural emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, in particular in the feed and livestock sectors; recalls that European agriculture and forestry play a crucial role in addressing climate change and mitigation, as it has significant potential to reduce the emissions, to sequester carbon and to boost economies in a sustainable manner; calls for regulatory measures and targets to ensure progressive reductions in all GHG emissions in these sectors;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 927 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. Emphasises the importance of recognising the significantRecognises both the positive and negative impacts of different agriculture and especially animal production models on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and land use; stresses the needacknowledges that other than the use of fossil fuels, agricultural emissions are part of the natural carbon cycle and thus have to be balanced rather than minimised; stresses the potential of agriculture to enhance natural carbon sinks and reduce agricultural emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, in particular in the feed and livestock sectors; calls forinsists that regulatory measures and targets to ensure progressive reductions in all GHG emissions in these sectors must be embedded in a framework that includes remuneration for carbon sequestration;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 958 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4a. Highlights that operators in the agricultural sector and the food chain should ensure the optimised utilisation and recycling of non-renewable resources in order to protect land, biodiversity and water; considers that the circular economy and bio-economy offer great potential for the transition towards a climate-neutral European economy through for example, advanced bio- refineries that produce bio-fertilisers, protein feed, bioenergy, renewable energy and biochemicals;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 977 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4 b (new)
4b. Stresses that agricultural land is limited and hence must be used efficiently; highlights the need to include innovative farming models with low land- use footprints such as horticulture and insect farming into the Strategy;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 983 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4 c (new)
4c. Highlights that besides a low land- use footprint, modern horticulture contributes to different goals of the Strategy such as a low need for input, efficient use of resources and production of fruits and vegetables close to the point of consumption, thereby promoting shorter supply chains and security of supply;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1014 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5
5. Points out that extensive and permanent grassland-based or organic animal husbandry is a feature of the European food system and a defining element of many traditional rural communities, makes productive use of land that otherwise would be abandoned and that it has multiple positive effects for the environment and against climate change, and contributes to a circular economy; believes that livestock-farming must be seen as part of the solution in a circular food system;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1046 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5a. Highlights that the diversity of European farming traditions and practices ensures and incentivises sustainable agricultural production in Europe; furthermore finds that this diversity of traditions and practices is and should remain a key component in the Union's and Member States' efforts to halt and reverse biodiversity loss and to advance climate-friendly production methods;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1060 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5 b (new)
5b. Considers that EU initiatives within the farm to fork strategy should support a further development of food produced with a low environmental impact per unit in terms of e.g. the use of fertilisers, pesticides, biodiversity loss, antimicrobials and GHG-emissions;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1079 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. Welcomes the notion of rewarding carbon sequestration in soils; stresses, however, that intensive and industrial agriculture and farming models with negative Highlights the enormous potential of agriculture and forestry to contribute to carbon sequestration and thus achieving climate neutrality; welcomes the notion of rewarding carbon sequestration in soils under a new carbon farming initiative; invites the Commission to present several options including carbon market approaches; stresses, that all practices that reduce the climate-impacts on biodiversity should not receive climate ff farming should be taken into account in a robust accoundting orframework and be incentivised; calls for the proposals to be in line with the environmental objectives and the ‘do no harm’ principle of the Green Deal;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1215 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8
8. Calls for CAP National Strategic Plans to ensure adequate financial support and incentives to promote new ecological ‘green’sustainable business models for agriculture and artisanal food production, notably through fostering short supply chains and quality food production; stresses that financial support under the CAP is crucial for farmers to be able to cope with increasing environmental standards, but will fall short of enabling farmers to meet the targets of the Strategy if not accompanied by further support measures; calls for Enhanced Eco Schemes to be implemented in National Strategic Plans;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1218 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8
8. Calls for CAP National Strategic Plans to ensure adequate financial support and incentives to promote new ecological ‘green’ business models for agriculture and artisanal food production, notably through fostering short supply chains and quality food production; quality food production and the integration of artisanal food production in other services in rural areas such as tourism or gastronomy; highlights the importance of these new business models in maintaining biodiversity; stresses the importance of directing CAP support to young and new farmers;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1224 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8
8. CallsHighlights the central role of the European farmers in realizing the transition into a sustainable food system and that attention must be paid to measures which strengthen farmers' income and the competitiveness of European food production; calls therefore for CAP National Strategic Plans to ensure adequate financial support and incentives to promote new ecological ‘green’ business models for agriculture and artisanal food production, notably through fostering short supply chains and quality food production;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1278 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 a (new)
8a. Stresses the importance of food security and a resilient food supply chain in the European Union, particularly in the light of the current COVID-19 pandemic; highlights the need for crisis- preparedness in a robust food system; welcomes a fostering CMO regulation and sectorial support programmes that can be implemented via National Strategic Plans;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1292 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9
9. Recalls that the European food system delivers a sufficient and varied supply of safe, nutritious, affordable and sustainable food to people at all times and underlines that increasing the economic, environmental and social sustainability of food producers will ultimately increase their resilience; recalls that in the EU 33 million people cannot afford a quality meal every second day; stresses that food affordability must remain on the political agenda and must be considered when assessing increases in production costs through changing farming practices and the effects on food prices; encourages the Commission to consider the food supply chain and its workers as a strategic asset for the safety and well-being of all Europeans;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1321 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9 a (new)
9a. Notes that citizens’ expectations are evolving and driving significant change in the food market, with a growing demand for locally produced food as a result; emphasises the importance of locally produced food, the opportunities it offers to our farmers and the significant positive contributions it can deliver to our environment; therefore, encourages the European Commission and the Member States to actively promote the development of local food strategies, together with short supply chain initiatives;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1322 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9 a (new)
9a. Welcomes the intention of the European Commission to propose an emergency plan to deal with food crises by taking stock of the experience acquired during the Covid-19 pandemic and by including harmonised measures to guarantee a proper functioning of the internal market; considers that the promotion of territorial food projects which stimulate the development of short food circuits in the Member States can help to face those crisis;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1348 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 a (new)
10a. Highlights the contribution of pond fishing with its traditional management practices to the achievement of the targets of the farm to fork strategy and the interlinked biodiversity strategy; underlines that cultivated pond areas provide habitats for rare species, make positive contributions to climate and to water reserves, serve as nutrient sinks and sediment retention and contribute to a sustainable production of regional food; calls on Commission and Member States to consider pond fishing in relevant measures and programmes;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1377 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. Expresses its deep concern about the emergence of zoonotic diseases that are transferred from animals to humans (anthropozoonoses), such as Q fever, avian influenza and the new strain of influenza A (H1N1), which is exacerbated by anthropogenic climate change, the destructionpressure ofn biodiversity, and environmental degradation; and our current food production systemscknowledges that disease preparedness, i.e. availability of diagnosis-, prevention- and treatment methods, is key to contain emerging threats to human and animal health;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1381 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. Expresses its deep concern about the emergence of zoonotic diseases that are transferred from animals to humans (anthropozoonoses), such as Q fever, avian influenza and the new strain of influenza A (H1N1), and others, as well non-zoonotic diseases such as the African Swine Fever, which is exacerbated by anthropogenic climate change, the destruction of biodiversity, environmental degradation and our current food production systems;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1447 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12 a (new)
12a. Welcomes the Commission’s commitment to make a sustainable European food system an economic opportunity for farmers; agrees that it must become an economic opportunity for farmers in order to achieve a broad implementation of sustainable practices; recognises that sustainable production so far is a niche business model, as sustainable practices generally lead to higher production costs while options to commercialise added value are limited; insists that more needs to be done under the framework of the Strategy to map options for farmers and food businesses to turn sustainable practices and products into profit; considers that labelling is necessary tool but will not be sufficient on its own;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1460 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12 b (new)
12b. Welcomes the announcement to strengthen the legislative framework on Geographical Indications (GIs); acknowledges the contribution of GIs to the economic and social situation of European regions by creating an outlet for quality products, as well as to environmental sustainability by creating a strong link between products and regions and thus creating an inherent incentive to manage production in accordance with long-term environmental viability;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1477 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13
13. Urges the Commission to closely follow up onthe effectiveness of Directive (EU) 2019/633 on unfair trading practices22 and to enforce the work with a view to strengthen the position of farmers in the food supply chain with concrete proposals and in line with the farm to fork strategy; therefore reminds the Commission to follow up on the EU code of conduct on responsible business and marketing practices by producing a monitoring framework for the food and retail sectors and providing for legal action if progress in integrating economic, environmental and social sustainability into corporate strategies is insufficient, and in so doing promoting and rewarding the efforts of sustainable agricultural producers while increasing the availability and affordability of healthy, sustainable food options and reducing the overall environmental footprint of the food system; stresses the importance of halting and addressing consolidation and concentration in the grocery retail sector in order to ensure fair prices and stronger role in the food chain for farmers; _________________ 22 OJ L 111, 25.4.2019, p. 59.
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1500 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13 a (new)
13a. Calls on the Commission to take more action to enhance transparency and consumer information in food markets as the pricing of the food chain should be more transparent and origin labelling requirements should in principle cover all food products;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1560 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14
14. Urges the review of the EU promotion programme for agricultural and food products, including the EU school scheme, with a view to enhancing its contribution to sustainable production and consumption, notably by focusing on science-based educational messages about the importance of a balanced and healthy nutrition and promoting greater consumption of fruit and vegetables with the aim of reducing obesity rates;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1569 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14 a (new)
14a. Calls for the EU Promotion Policy to include all agricultural products living up to criteria related to sustainability (social, economic and environmental), putting special emphasis on animal welfare, pesticides and the use of antimicrobial substances to encourage all food chain operators and ensure them that they are all supported in becoming more sustainable and can all contribute to enhance global production and consumption sustainability;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1574 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14 a (new)
14a. Recalls the important role of consumer choice in reaching the Strategy’s targets and highlights the indispensability of well-educated consumers in this regard; calls on Member States and regions to put more emphasis on nutritional and environmental education in their curricula and invites the Commission to develop relevant guidance;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1585 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14 a (new)
14a. Supports the introduction of class hours on health and nutrition and extending balanced menu offer in school canteens in the framework of the EU school schemes;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1599 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15
15. Recalls the need to promote effective Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS), enabling all food chain actors to become sustainable by speeding up innovation and accelerating knowledge transfer; calls on Member States to consider AKIS in the design and implementation of their National Strategic Plans; recalls, in addition, the need for a farm sustainability data network to setfor the dual purpose of setting benchmarks for farm performance and documenting the uptake of sustainable farming practices, while allowing foras well as enabling the precise and tailored application of new production approaches at farm level by providing farmers with access to fast broadband connections; cessing collected data and providing farmers easy access to locally relevant information; highlights the importance of comprehensive access to fast broadband connections to facilitate the uptake of digital farming technologies on farm level; stresses the importance of supporting farmers in acquiring know- how to make efficient use of such innovative solutions;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1630 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15 b (new)
15b. Encourages in particular for small et medium size farmers the uptake of digital tools and novel technologies for more efficient production, better promotion and enhanced communication with the other actors in the food supply chain; highlights that digitalisation could enable stronger cooperation along the food supply chain and better transparency from farmer to consumer; highlights that new technologies should facilitate lifelong learning for farmers and help create new opportunities in rural areas;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1645 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16
16. Calls for measures to reduce the burden that highly processed foods with high salt, sugar and fat content place on public health; regrets that the introduction of nutrient profiles is greatly delayed and stresses that a robust set of nutrient profiles must be developed to restrict or prohibit the use of false nutritional claims on foods high in fats, sugars and/or salt; calls for a mandatorya harmonised EU-wide front-of-pack nutrition labelling system based on independent science;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1731 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17
17. Welcomes the Commission’s commitment to revise the EU legislation on food contact materials (FCM); calls on the Commission to adopt without further delay measures for harmonising regulation of those materials not yet addressed at EU level; reiterates its call to revise the legislation on FCM in line with the regulation on the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals (REACH), as well as classification, labelling and packaging regulations, and to insert, without further delay, specific provisions to substitute endocrine disrupting chemicals;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1774 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18
18. Welcomes the fact that the strategy rightly recognises the role and influence of the food environment in shaping consumption patterns and the need to make it easier for consumers to choose healthy and sustainable diets; reiterates the importance of promoting sustainable diets by raising consumer awareness of the impacts of consumption patterns and providing information on diets that are better for human health and have a lower environmental footprint; underlines that food prices must send the right signal to consumers; welcomes, therefore, the strategy’s objective that the healthy and sustare linked to production costs and that price-sensitivity of many consumers is a barrier to the uptake of more sustainably produced foods; reiterates the importance of easily avainlable choice should become the most affordable oneand comprehensible consumer information and market development measures in this regard;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1847 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 19 a (new)
19a. Highlights that better animal welfare practices used in farming, improve animal health; looks forward to the results of the REFIT of the EU animal welfare legislation and calls on the Commission to further advance animal welfare protection and labelling rules;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1848 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 19 b (new)
19b. Welcomes the ongoing work in the special Committee for Animal Transports in the European Parliament; notes that an updated regulatory framework on driving and rest time rules will improve animal welfare during transports;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1892 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 20
20. Highlights the recognition in the strategy that Europeans’ diets are not in line with recommendations for healthy eating, and that a population-wide shift in consumption patterns is needed towards more healthy and pbalant-based foods and less red and processed meat, sugars, salt, and fats, which will also benefit the environmentced diets with a lower share of sugars, salt, and fats, based on sustainably produced foods; emphasises that EU-wide guidelines for sustainable and healthy diets would bring clarity totaking into account regional conditions and traditions would help consumers onunderstand what constitutes a healthy and sustainable diet and inform Member States’ own efforts to integrate sustainability elements in national dietary advice; calls on the Commission to assist Member States and regions in developing such guidelines and specific actions to effectively promote healthy plant-based diets;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 1998 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 22
22. Calls for a revision of public procurement legislation, including minimum mandatory criteria in schools and other public institutions to encourage organicsustainable and local food production and to promote more healthy diets by creating a food environment that enables consumers to make the healthy choice;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 2021 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23
23. RHighlights that food waste has enormous environmental consequences, exacerbates climate change and represents a waste of limited resources such as land, energy and water; therefore reiterates its call to take the measures required to achieve a Union food waste reduction target of 30 % by 2025 and 50 % by 2030 compared to the 2014 baseline; underlines that binding targets are needed to achieve this;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 2044 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23 a (new)
23a. Underlines the need to reduce food waste along the entire food chain, from primary production, processing, retail, catering to consumers; takes note of the fact that more than 50% of food waste happens on consumer level and highlights the difficulty of enforcing binding targets under given circumstances; stresses the importance of promoting nutritional education in this regard;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 2046 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23 a (new)
23a. Stresses that, in order to reduce waste at the production stage, innovative techniques and technologies should be used to minimise losses in the fields and convert those crops and products, that do not meet market standards, into processed goods;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 2048 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23 b (new)
23b. Notes that digitalisation allows for better access to data and demand forecasts, and thereby helps developing advanced production programmes for farmers, enabling them to tailor their production to demand, better coordinate with other sectors of the food supply chain, and minimise waste; stresses that given the challenging nature of reducing food waste, effective use of food waste, including in the bio economy, should be promoted;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 2051 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23 c (new)
23c. Notes the potential within the circular economy for optimising the use of unavoidably lost or discarded food items and by-products from the food chain; highlights in particular the potential in those of animal origin and the by-products from feed production, nutrient recycling and from production of soil improvers;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 2052 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23 d (new)
23d. Considers that the involvement of local stakeholders is paramount in order to reach the Union's food waste reduction targets; calls on the Commission and Member States to ensure adequate financing for research, innovation, engagement of stakeholders and information campaigns through the creation of National Food Waste Funds;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 2105 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 25
25. Underlines the importance EU funding for research and innovation as a key driver in accelerating the transition to a more sustainable, healthy and inclusive European food system while facilitating investments needed to encourage agro- ecologicalsustainable practices in both social and technological innovation, and the crucial role of farm advisory services in ensuring the transfer of knowledge to the farming community, drawing on the existing specialised training systems for farmers in Member States; encourages Member States to develop or strengthen farm advisory services; calls the Commission to establish a system for collection and dissemination of sustainable practices in food and feed research and innovation, with the purpose of easing the access to information for European producers and consumers;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 2122 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 25
25. Underlines the importance EU funding for research and innovation as a key driver in accelerating the transition to a more sustainable, healthy and inclusive European food system while facilitating investments needed to encourage agro- ecologicalsustainable practices in both social and technological innovation, and the crucial role of farm advisory services in ensuring the transfer of knowledge to the farming community, drawing on the existing specialised training systems for farmers in Member States; encourages the agri-food sector to actively use the funding earmarked for the sector in Horizon Europe in this regard;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 2171 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 25 b (new)
25b. Calls for the establishment and the promotion of multi-stakeholder platforms that increase collaboration and mobilise the sharing of knowledge and technology, across the entire agriculture and food chain, to help scale-up innovation, advance agricultural production systems and overcome the challenges it faces;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 2178 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 25 c (new)
25c. Stresses that meeting the targets of the Strategy will require substantial investments on farm level, particularly burdening small farmers and SMEs; highlights that while the CAP will play an important role in enabling the transition it is designed to stabilise income rather than to finance large investments and stresses the importance of ensuring adequate access to finance in this regard; calls on the Commission to assess the financial impacts of the Strategy on farmers, the availability and conditions of financing for farmers and SMEs in the food chain and if required to assess options such as the InvestEU Fund or setting up an EIB guarantee scheme to improve these;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 2184 #

2020/2260(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 25 d (new)
25d. Highlights that while new sustainable business models are enormous opportunities for SMEs, several initiatives envisaged under the Strategy could lead to the creation of substantial red tape; welcomes the Commission’s commitment to adhere to the better regulation tools, to assess the impacts on SMEs as well as to take action to promote sustainable and circular business models specifically for SMEs, to utilise the InvestEU Fund to facilitate access to finance for SMEs as well as to offer tailored solutions to help SME to develop new skills and business models;
2021/02/18
Committee: ENVIAGRI
Amendment 23 #

2020/2244(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C a (new)
C a. whereas the COVID-19 outbreak caused significant changes in the practices of the labour market, sending over a third of EU workers to work from home1a; whereas disconnecting from work should constitute an essential principle allowing workers to refrain from work- related tasks and electronic communication outside working hours without facing any repercussions and contributing thus to an adequate work-life balance; _________________ 1aEurofound, Living, working andCOVID-19, p.9,https://www.eurofound.europa.eu/sites /default/files/ef_publication/field_ef_docu ment/ef20059en.pdfavem un link?
2021/01/21
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 56 #

2020/2244(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital H a (new)
H a. whereas labour market changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have had a disproportional impact on vulnerable groups, including minorities;
2021/01/21
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 62 #

2020/2244(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital I a (new)
I a. whereas the labour market faces a rapid shift towards a greener and a more digital environment, creating jobs that require updated competencies; whereas there is a wide need to focus on the skilling, reskilling and upskilling strategy of the employees of all ages; whereas the lifelong learning plan in the EU should create a framework for sustainable competitiveness;
2021/01/21
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 90 #

2020/2244(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital M
M. whereas the demographic challenge requires a comprehensive approach based on a mix of policy solutions in the fields of pensions, social security, care services, housing, early childhood schools, long- term care, health systems, education, social inclusion, integration of migrants and work-life balance, gender equality, high levels of employment and wages;
2021/01/21
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 204 #

2020/2244(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 a (new)
10 a. Calls on the Commission to effectively implement the Youth Employment Support, in order to ensure that all young people under the age of 25 receive a good quality offer of employment, continued education, vocational education and training, access to skills needed to enable employment opportunities in a wide range of sectors, apprenticeship or traineeship within a period of four months of becoming unemployed or leaving formal education;
2021/01/21
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 205 #

2020/2244(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 b (new)
10 b. Calls on the Commission to develop at the earliest opportunity a robust European Child Guarantee to ensure that every child in Europe at risk of poverty or social exclusion has access to free healthcare, education, early childhood education and care, decent housing and adequate nutrition;
2021/01/21
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 214 #

2020/2244(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. Calls on the Member States to ensure access to high-quality healthcare and to refocus health systems on, including preventive care, notably by implementing relevant country-specific recommendations;
2021/01/21
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 9 #

2020/2221(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Points out that the concentration of agricultural income support is mainly driven by area-based direct payments; underlines the need for more targeted support and a better balance between large and small beneficiaries at Member State level; Recalls that over the last years the number of frauds has been reduced considerably;
2021/07/28
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 49 #

2020/2221(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5a. Recalls that under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), the EU is strengthening its support to managing authorities in their administrative controls and management checks of the European funds notably through the use of the Arachne platform. Underlines the importance of the Arachne platform becoming mandatory for Member States in particular in the context of managing agricultural funds;
2021/07/28
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 54 #

2020/2221(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6
6. Insists on greater resources for investigation, as well as on stronger coordination between the Member States and EU bodies (OLAF, ECA and EPPO), to ensure that the fight against fraud in agricultural funds is effective; emphasises the need for a comprehensive fraud strategy with a robust fraud risk analysis. Stresses the need to create a continuous EU training programme for employees of paying agencies to improve fraud detection and exchange best practices.
2021/07/28
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 26 #

2020/2216(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital B a (new)
Ba. Whereas the digital divide has specific socio-economic gender, age, geographic and accessibility aspects which must be addressed;
2021/01/19
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 47 #

2020/2216(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 a (new)
1a. Welcomes the positive impact AI can have on European labour markets, leading to job creation, safer and more inclusive workplaces, combating discrimination in recruitment and pay and promoting better skill-matching and work-flows, as long as risks are mitigated and regulatory frameworks updated with regularity as the digital wave progresses;
2021/01/19
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 59 #

2020/2216(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Underlines that AI must serve exclusivelyforemost as an aid to human performancedevelopment and comply with all rules ensuring respect for fundamental rights, including the protection of personal data and privacy, and the prohibition of arbitrary profiling, with sufficient access to information available to all those workers and employers who will be affected;
2021/01/19
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 72 #

2020/2216(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 b (new)
b. Stresses the importance of addressing the digital gender gap and ensuring the participation of women and girls in the development and implementation of digital technologies and AI to ensure that existing inequalities are not exacerbated or replicated; further underlines the importance of women and girls' equal access to STEM and digital education and subsequent employment in the digital, STEM and ICR sectors;
2021/01/19
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 76 #

2020/2216(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Urges the Commission and the Member States to ensure that the implementation of AI enforcesis included in the dialogue between social and economic partners, and to allow trade unions access to the work floor, albeit in digital form, in orderhat digital solutions are employed to promote collective bargaining and guarantee a human-centred approach to AI at work;
2021/01/19
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 125 #

2020/2216(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7
7. Calls on the Commission to improve labourresearch and distribute good practices in ensuring adequate social protection and adequate working conditions for platform workers in its upcoming legislative proposal in order to guarantee healthy and safe working environments, quality employment anddecent wages, the right to disconnect, the obligation of employers to offer perpetual digital retrainoptions for skilling, and full, transparent checks of employees’ online identityre-skilling, including digital skills;
2021/01/19
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 136 #

2020/2216(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8
8. Calls onWelcomes the Commission and the Member States to's update thed European Skills Agenda and the new Digital Education Action Plan, so that workers can upskill and become qualified for the challenges of the future world of work; (2021- 2027), which will help workers to up and re-skill and become qualified for the future world of work and manage the digital wave; further welcomes the recently adopted Council Recommendations on VET and calls on the Member States to swiftly implement it by updateing their national vocational and professional training and upskilling programmes so as to ensurhance digital literacy and promote digital inclusion (οn average, 16 % of EU workers fear that digitalisation will render their skills outdated2 ); __________________ 2 Cedefop, ‘Artificial or human intelligence? Digitalisation and the future of jobs and skills: opportunities and risks’, p. 3.
2021/01/19
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 6 #

2020/2209(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital A a (new)
Aa. whereas the European Parliament does not conduct satisfaction surveys among petitioners, making it difficult to assess the petitions process and its accessibility for persons with disabilities and to draw lessons therefrom; whereas Parliament has not yet developed an index of effectiveness of its petition system nor collected and published statistical data on the treatment of petitions;
2021/06/02
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 24 #

2020/2209(INI)

C. whereas it is generally acknowledged that persons with disabilities continue to face multiple obstacles and discrimination in everyday life and that they do notwhich prevents them from enjoying the fundamental freedoms and rights laid down in numerous EU and UN documentlegislation and conventions on an equal basis with others, such as mutual recognition of disability status between Member States, access to public transport, physical, sensory and cognitive accessibility of the built environment, use of sign languages, financing of and equal access to education and vocational training, access to personal assistance and community inclusionproducts, services and programmes, use of hearing assistive devices, haptic aids, sign languages and all other means and formats of accessible communication and information, financing of and equal access to inclusive education, vocational training and employment;
2021/06/02
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 35 #

2020/2209(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital C a (new)
Ca. whereas civil society and Third Sector organisations working in the disability sector have shown, yet again during the COVID-19 crisis, their paramount importance and resilience; whereas their role should be acknowledged by the EU institutions and Member States;
2021/06/02
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 49 #

2020/2209(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital D
D. whereas several petitions were submitted in regard to the misuse of EU funds for deinstitutionalisation of persons with disabilities; whereas Member States must speed up the process of deinstitutionalisation and the Commission must carefully monitor their progress;
2021/06/02
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 62 #

2020/2209(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Calls on the Commission to ensure that the Member States comply with theall relevant EU and UN obligations on the rights of persons with disabilities, in particular the UN CRPD and the CRPD Committee’s General Comments to the Convention, and with the relevant EU measures and funding rules, and to provide support to them in this regardand their families in this regard; calls for the EU and those Member States who have not yet done so to ratify the Optional Protocol to the UNCRPD; highlights that a social model where disability is mainstreamed across public policies is necessary;
2021/06/02
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 98 #

2020/2209(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 m (new)
1m. Invites the Committee on Petitions to collect and provide publicly statistical data on the treatment of petitions, including on the satisfaction of petitioners with the petitions process; calls on the Committee of Petitions to develop an index of conformity and successful implementation of the recommendations issued to national authorities by the Committee of Petitions; stresses the need for the Committee on Petitions to ensure the possibility of interpreting in sign language in relevant hearings;
2021/06/02
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 99 #

2020/2209(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Calls on the Commission and the 2. Member States to harmonise the definition of disability in line with the Concluding Observations of the CRPD Committee to the EU adopted in 2015 and to ensure mutual recognition of disability status across Member States, so as to ensure the free movement of persons with disabilities and, their enjoyment and recognition of their EU citizenship rights; urges the Commission and the Member States to assess the concept of chronic pain/diseases with a view to including it a harmonised EU definition of disability as requested by the Parliament in its resolution of 18 June 2020 on the European Disability Strategy post-2020;
2021/06/02
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 139 #

2020/2209(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Calls on the Member States to fully implement without delay Directive (EU) 2019/882 (the Europeanand continuously monitor all accessibility-related legislation, including the European Accessibility Act, the Audiovisual Media Services Directive, the Telecoms Package and the Web Accessibility Act)Directive in order to effectively remove barriers for workerand prevent barriers and to improve accessibility to products and services for persons with disabilities, ands well as to ensure the availability of accessible services and the suitability of the conditions under which these services are provided;
2021/06/02
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 169 #

2020/2209(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6 b (new)
6b. Welcomes the efforts to revise Regulation 1260/2013 on European demographic statistics; invites the Commission to include in its modernisation of European population statistics the need to disaggregate data according to the nature of a person's disability, building on the Washington Group on Disability Statistics; highlights the importance of up-to-date, quality, disaggregated data for policy-making;
2021/06/02
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 176 #

2020/2209(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6 c (new)
6c. Calls on the Council to unblock the proposed horizontal anti- discrimination directive without any further delay, thereby extending EU protection of people with disabilities beyond the sphere of employment;
2021/06/02
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 5 #

2020/2194(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. Notes that for the first time the Court has also issued an overall assessment of the conditions put in place by the Union to enable the agencies to deliver their policies for the public good and has found that there is a need for more networking and cooperation as well as more flexibility in the set-up, functioning and possible winding-up of agencies while acknowledging the diverse governance structures, mandates, tasks and challenges of the agencies; further notes the recommendations of the Court to the Commission and the agencies to ensure the relevance, coherence and flexibility of the set-up of agencies, allocate resources in a more flexible manner, improve governance, accountability and reporting on performance and strengthen the role of agencies as centres of expertise and networking;
2021/01/21
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 8 #

2020/2194(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Welcomes and encourages the cooperation among the agencies within and beyond the framework of the EU Agencies Network (EUAN), which constitutes an important inter-agency cooperation platform to identify and promote possible efficiency gains, to add value and to ensure efficient communication between the agencies and relevant stakeholders; appreciates and encourages the close collaboration among the agencies under the remit of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs in order to ensure synergies, complementarity and sharing resources;
2021/01/21
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 19 #

2020/2194(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Notes that, similarly to previous years, most of the observations the Court has made in its Annual report on EU agencies for the financial year 2019 concern shortcomings in public procurement procedures; urges the Union agencies to improve their public procurement procedures with a view to compliance with applicable rules and as a result, the achievement of the most economically advantageous purchases, while respecting the principles of transparency, proportionality, equal treatment and non-discrimination;
2021/01/21
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 4 #

2020/2159(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Appreciates the work of the Foundation in supporting the reform of vocational training in the Union’s partner countries by assisting the Commission in the implementation of various vocational training programmes; welcomes in particular the Foundation's initiative ‘Skills for Enterprise Development’ addressing the need for skills adaptation and enhancement enabling enterprises to respond and manage challenges, including those resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and contribute to greener, inclusive and innovative societies, and its focus on achieving social inclusion through education and learning, in particular its working paper on training and support for women's entrepreneurship in line with the new gender action plan (GAP) III 2021-2025;
2021/01/21
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 6 #

2020/2159(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. Appreciates that the Foundation is the only Union agency with a mandate to work outside the Union in supporting the Union external action in the area of education, vocational training, skills and labour market systems and human capital development in the Union partner countries to improve the employability and employment prospects of their citizens;
2021/01/21
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 7 #

2020/2159(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Is satisfied that the Foundation has acted upon allthe majority of the observations made by the discharge authority in the framework of the 2018 discharge procedure but draws attention to the fact that it still has to take action to respond to Court’s observations as regards non-competitive price elements in award criteria;
2021/01/21
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 4 #

2020/2155(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Appreciates the Agency’s activities to develop, gather and provide reliable and relevant information, analysis and tools on occupational safety and health, including preventative measures, which contribute to Union policy aiming to promote healthy and safe workplaces across the Union; notes in particular the role the Agency can play in supporting the Union institutions' work on the new occupational safety and health strategy framework, the upcoming revision of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive and the legislative own-initiative report on protecting workers from asbestos; believes the Agency can provide useful information and analysis on the impact of telework and other digital solutions for both employers and workers on occupational safety and health in the context of working conditions in the pandemic;
2021/01/21
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 8 #

2020/2155(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Notes with regret fromaccording to the Court’s report that the Agency exceeded the contractual ceiling with regard to the Third European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER-3) by 2,4 % without any amendment of the contract; further notes the Agency's reply that this was due to a delay in confirmation of a small part of the funds to cover additional countries under the Instrument for Pre- Accession Assistance (IPA) for the survey by the Commission after the procurement was completed and notes to the file were prepared recognising that the specific contracts would take expenditure over the initial foreseen volume;
2021/01/21
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 4 #

2020/2151(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Appreciates the Foundation’s work to enhance and disseminate knowledge, and to provide evidence and expertise to support policies concerning the improvement of living and working conditions in the Union; welcomes in particular the Foundation's recent e- survey, ‘Living, working and COVID-19’, which aims to capture the far-reaching implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for the labour market, working conditions and quality of life across the EU; believes that the Foundation can play a crucial role in further analysing the increase in telework and related impacts on work-life balance and quality of working conditions, dissemination of best practices and assessing possible policy responses; believes that the Foundation, in its future work programme, should analyse policy options to improve the working and living conditions of seasonal and other mobile workers;
2021/01/21
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 14 #

2020/2151(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Notes with regret from the Court’s report that with regard to a framework contract for a maximum amount of EUR 170 000 for the supply of electricity, the Foundation incorrectly used a negotiated procedure with a single candidate, which resulted in irregular related contracts and associated payments; welcomes the Foundation's reply that the new tender has already been planned for early 2021 and will be of a competitive nature;
2021/01/21
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 1 #

2020/2150(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Commends the continually high budget implementation rate of 99,99 % in 2019 (compared to 100 % in 2018);
2021/01/21
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 4 #

2020/2150(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Appreciates the Centre’s continued high-quality work, providing research, analyses and technical advice in vocational education and training, qualifications and skills policies; notes in particular the Centre's recent work in helping to analyse the impact of the pandemic on skills demand and employment in the EU labour market via the Skills-OVATE (Online Vacancy Analysis Tool for Europe);
2021/01/21
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 7 #

2020/2150(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3a. Recalls the importance of the Centre's role in ensuring digital skills are integrated into VET across the Union and monitoring the implementation and impact of Council Recommendation of 24 November 2020 on vocational education and training (VET) for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience1, the new Skills Agenda for Europe and the Digital Education Action Plan; ____________________________ 1 OJ C 417, 2.12.2020, p. 1.
2021/01/21
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 12 #

2020/2150(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Notes with regret that the Court identified weaknesses in one procurement procedure for cleaning services for which the Centre accepted a change in the execution of the contract following its signature, without properly documenting the change or incorporating the change into the framework contract; welcomes in this regard the Centre's commitment to formalise its guidelines on contract management to include ways to document modifications during implementation and the signature of relevant contract amendments where necessary and to provide dedicated training to staff in order to ensure proper and timely communication between staff managing contracts and the procurement service of the Centre;
2021/01/21
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 1 #

2020/2140(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Recalls that 2019 is the penultimate year of the implementation of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2014-2020 and that all the financial programmes are fully operational at this stage; notes that the Court issued a clean opinion on the reliability of the 2019 accounts of the European Union and found that revenue for 2019 was legal, regular and free from material error while issuing an adverse opinion on expenditure;
2021/01/22
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 5 #

2020/2140(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. Notes that in 2019, the Court noted a significant increase in payment claims for the European Structural and Investment (ESI) funds which include the European Social Fund; further notes that in 2019 the rate of cumulative absorption from the ESI funds remained lower than under the previous MFF and only nine Member States had higher absorption rates under the current MFF than under the previous one; calls on the Commission to analyse the reasons for the low absorption levels and take measures to avoid both undue pressure on the level of appropriations in the first years of the next MFF 2021-2027 and unnecessarily complex and/or burdensome rules; regrets that at the start of the sixth year of the current MFF, only around 17 % of the total ESI funding committed through financial instruments under shared management (FISMs) had reached final recipients and urges both the Commission and Member States to examine and address this issue;
2021/01/22
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 6 #

2020/2140(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 b (new)
2b. Recalls that spending under this subheading is aimed at strengthening competitiveness and reducing development disparities between the different Member States and regions of the EU; stresses the importance of EU cohesion policy in supporting the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights and assisting Member States and regions to harness new opportunities and address challenges, such as globalisation, unemployment, industrial change, digitalisation and supporting up and re-skilling and lifelong learning;
2021/01/22
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 11 #

2020/2140(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Notes with concern that the estimated overall level of error in the policy area ‘Economic, social and territorial cohesion’ in 2019 stood at 4.4 % (2018: 5.0 %); underlines that despite the slight decrease in comparison with the previous year, this figure is still largely above the 2 % materiality threshold and the estimated level of error in expenditure for the Union budget as a whole (2.7 %); recognises that the majority of spending in this area is deemed high-risk expenditure as mainly reimbursement- based and often subject to complex rules; notes that the most common errors under the Cohesion heading were ineligible projects and infringements of internal market rules in particular non- compliance with public procurement and state aid rules;
2021/01/22
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 16 #

2020/2140(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Recalls the crucial role of audit authorities in the Member States in the assurance and control framework in the cohesion policy area; regrets the fact that also for 2019 financial year, the Court of Auditors (the ‘Court’) concludes that the weaknesses detected in some audit authorities’ sampling methods have affected representativeness, and that shortcomings remain in the way audit authorities perform and document their work; welcomes the Commission’s and audit authorities’ joint efforts resulting in a ‘good practice note’ for the documentation of audit authorities’ work as a first step to improvement;
2021/01/22
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 19 #

2020/2140(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7
7. TRecalls the vital importance of the ESF as the EU's main tool in fostering increased employment, education and training and promoting social inclusion; takes note that for the ESF, representing 94.7 % of DG EMPL’s 2019 budget, the major inherent risk relates to the complexity of the operations and activities financed, the typology and variety of recipients, and the high number of annual interventions;
2021/01/22
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 38 #

2020/2140(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 13 a (new)
13a. Notes that for the first time the Court also issued an overall assessment of the conditions put in place by the EU to enable the agencies to deliver their policies for the public good and recommends to the Commission to ensure the relevance, coherence and flexibility of the set-up of agencies, allocate resources in a more flexible manner, improve governance, accountability and reporting on performance and strengthen the role of the agencies as centres of expertise and networking1a; __________________ 1a https://www.eca.europa.eu/Lists/ECADoc uments/SR20_22/SR_Future_of_EU_Age ncies_EN.pdf
2021/01/22
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 26 #

2020/2131(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 a (new)
1a. Welcomes the recent amendment of the State Aid Temporary Framework enabling Member States to provide public support to all micro and small companies; expresses its concern, however, about the uneven distribution of state aid and Member States’ access to liquidity and fiscal space, which is likely to result in disruptions in the Single Market and thus create inequalities as regards the ability to preserve domestic jobs;
2020/09/04
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 37 #

2020/2131(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. Notes the key relevance that the EU has in protecting SMEs involved in cross-border activities or employing cross- border, seasonal or frontier workers and calls for ensuring clear and transparent information accessible to companies and employers regarding the rules and rights which must be enjoyed by these workers, including through one-stop shop online portals;
2020/09/04
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 38 #

2020/2131(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. Calls for a European horizontal strategy for SME recovery in order to support them by reducing red tape, improving access to finance and by fostering investments in strategic value chains, start-ups and micro SMEs in line with the European Green Deal;
2020/09/04
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 55 #

2020/2131(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3a. Highlights that women remain under-represented across occupation and management levels1a and welcomes the European Commission’s initiatives with a particular focus on empowering women and improving gender balance within the European SMEs ecosystem; __________________ 1a The Missing Entrepreneurs 2019, Policies for inclusive entrepreneurship, OECD, https://www.oecd- ilibrary.org/sites/d23b6508- en/index.html?itemId=/content/componen t/d23b6508-en
2020/09/04
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 62 #

2020/2131(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Calls for the systematic application of health and safety measures in the workplace, and welcomes the guidelines of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) on adapting workplaces and protecting workers in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic; considers that such guidelines should be further developed in order to provide a coordinated and efficient response in case of future cross-border threats to public health; encourages Member States to raise awareness of Occupational Safety and Health and to take all necessary actions to ensure the safety and health of workers, including through strengthening inspections, where and when necessary;
2020/09/04
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 77 #

2020/2131(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5a. Calls on the Commission and Member States to urgently support businesses, especially SMEs, by reducing unnecessary administrative burdens and by facilitating their access to liquidity; welcomes in this respect the temporary SURE initiative, proposed by the Commission; calls on the Commission and the Member States to ensure that alternative financing options, such as credit unions and private equity investors are available to SMEs; calls for the establishment of capacity building programmes, within the Recovery plan, aimed at helping SMEs, particularly micro SMEs to readjust their businesses to COVID-19 affected markets;
2020/09/04
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 78 #

2020/2131(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5a. Highlights the importance for SMEs of achieving the transition to digitalisation, as well as of considering the employment opportunities and benefits associated, such as flexible patterns of work organisation, enhanced opportunities for people with disabilities and a better work-life balance; calls on the European Commission to put forward a European Teleworking Agenda with a view to developing a legislative framework laying down clear minimum standards and conditions for remote work across the EU, while supporting European SMEs’ productivity and competitiveness;
2020/09/04
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 80 #

2020/2131(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5a. Notes the vital role that SMEs and social impact investment can have in creating access and opportunity for people with disabilities or vulnerable minorities to the labour market, and calls for enhanced support for those companies that both offer social employment and that foster social impact in their communities through the provision of social services or goods or the creation of social value chains;
2020/09/04
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 85 #

2020/2131(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 b (new)
5b. Believes that the digitalisation provides an abundance of opportunities for SMEs and can significantly improve their productivity, business management and resilience; considers that an ambitious timetable is needed to harmonise digital aspects of the single market and foster e-Government solutions; calls for standardisation and digitalisation of procedures and forms which will help SMEs in the long-term;
2020/09/04
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 108 #

2020/2131(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6 a (new)
6a. Calls on the Commission to ensure complementarity between the objectives of the European SMEs Strategy, the new Circular Economy Action Plan, the updated Skills Agenda for Europe and the European Industrial Strategy, in order to secure the subsistence and development of SMEs during the COVID-19 crisis and thereby counter the rising unemployment rates, particularly in those sectors seriously impacted such as the tourism and hospitality industries;
2020/09/04
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 110 #

2020/2131(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6 a (new)
6a. Notes the need for developing dedicated skills and competencies creation at an early level in European education systems, in order to foster an entrepreneurial mind-set among our youth and the continued development of new SMEs; calls for additional resources to be earmarked for the promotion of entrepreneurial training and encourages Member States to ensure that national education systems aim to equip young graduates with business creation and management skills;
2020/09/04
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 111 #

2020/2131(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6 a (new)
6a. Believes that EU’s entrepreneurs will be at the heart of the recovery process and stresses that promoting entrepreneurship is an important driver for social inclusion, smart, sustainable and inclusive economic growth and competitiveness; calls on the Commission and the Member States to foster and support the development of entrepreneurial spirit and skills and to facilitate the establishment of new business models for SMEs;
2020/09/04
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 118 #

2020/2131(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6 b (new)
6b. Underlines the importance of SME friendly legislative environment; calls on the Commission for a strict application of the ‘SME test’, which would help implementing the important ‘Think Small Principle’; supports Commission’s plans to appoint an EU SME envoy to address and facilitate SMEs related issues and solutions;
2020/09/04
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 122 #

2020/2131(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6 c (new)
6c. Recommends strengthening the exchange of SME focused initiatives, which have proven to be successful and best practices among the Member States; furthermore, recommends the establishment of platforms for exchanges among SMEs that are developing innovative, breakthrough technologies;
2020/09/04
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 125 #

2020/2131(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6 d (new)
6d. Emphasises the need to support social and solidarity-based enterprises by creating a favourable environment for their development; stresses that the Commission and Member States should promote the establishment of social and solidarity-based enterprises;
2020/09/04
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 129 #

2020/2131(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6 e (new)
6e. Calls on the Commission to consider the need to establish one-stop- shop aimed to support SMEs’ internationalisation, for example by providing information on funds and grants for technical feasibility studies of innovative business products and other relevant information on internationalisation;
2020/09/04
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 1 #

2020/2126(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Underlines that common agricultural policy (CAP) funds make up a significant proportion of the 2021-2027 EU budget and that there is therefore a responsibility to protect them against any type of misuse2021-2027 accounts for about 31% of the EU budget; stresses that when properly implemented, these funds represent a strong support for the food production in the Union, which is at the heart of the CAP, and for the unique European farming model, with an increased focus on the environment and climate, and will contribute to the transition towards a more sustainable agricultural sector and the development of vibrant rural areas; reiterates that the financial interest of the Union and its citizens should be fully protected from fraud, misuse of funds and conflict of interest;
2021/11/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 8 #

2020/2126(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Welcomes the study entitled ‘The Largest 50 Beneficiaries in each EU Member State of CAP and Cohesion Funds’ and emphasises the importance of consolidating and harmonising EU reporting systems, including through shared databases to ensure EU-wide data base interoperability, common rules and data exchange between governments and stakeholders; stresses also that reporting systems for CAP and cohesion policy funds should contain information on final beneficiaries; urges the Member States to publish this data in a single, machine readable format and to ensure the interoperability of information;
2021/11/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 13 #

2020/2126(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Notes the EU-wide definition of active farmers in the new CAP; emphasises, however, the lack of progress in the fight against oligarch structur which aims at preventing individuals and companies from receiving support from the CAP when their business is not agricultural or is only marginally so; emphasises that although the number of fraud and irregularities related to EU revenues and expenditure has been reduced considerably over the recent years, the protection of the Union’s financial interest, preservation of EU’s credibility and impartiality in programme spending should remain a priority for the Union and its Member States;
2021/11/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 20 #

2020/2126(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3 a. Underlines the importance of stronger cooperation and coordination between the Member States and the relevant EU bodies engaged in the fight against fraud and misuse of funding (OLAF, the European Court of Auditors, Eurojust and the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO)); in addition, calls on the Member States to ensure that the competent national authorities are sufficiently funded and well trained to effectively detect and address fraud and misuse of CAP funds;
2021/11/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 26 #

2020/2126(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. EUnderlines the need to improve the balance between small and large beneficiaries and ensure more targeted support at Member State level; encourages the Member States to use the different redistributive tools for a fairer distribution of funds and to apply the capping provisions on direct payments;
2021/11/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 36 #

2020/2126(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Calls for the mandatoryUnderlines that the use of the ARACHNE system by the Member States in order tocould help achieveing more transparency on the beneficiaries of CAP funds; and where such funds end up, as well as the mandatorywaits, therefore, the Commission’s report by year 2025, assessing the use of the single data-mining tool and its interoperability with a view to its generalised use by Member States; furthermore, underlines the need to strengthen the use of the Early Detection and Exclusion System for CAP funds in an effort to enhance transparency on the use of taxpayers’ moneyEU funds;
2021/11/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 46 #

2020/2126(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6
6. Urges the Commission to strengthen its fraud prevention and detection capabilities including strengthening the reporting/signalling from individuals and stakeholders and developing and making better use of IT fraud detection tools;
2021/11/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 50 #

2020/2126(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6 a (new)
6 a. Notes that the new CAP includes provisions, proposed by the European Parliament, that should further help the effective protection of the financial interests of the Union through collection and publication of data on groups of beneficiaries;
2021/11/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 65 #

2020/2126(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7
7. Expresses its concern that the cases 7. of high-level conflicts of interest and land-grabbing by oligarchs, which are possibly being facilitated by governmentland concentration and land grabbing are increasing significantly across some parts of Europe; emphasises that land grabbing and land concentration are practices that negatively affect the economic and social welfare of local communities, hindering generational renewal by forcing many farms, mainly small-scale farms, out of business and hampering access to land and setting up new farms; calls on the European Commission to address these issues, within the limits of its competence; invites the Member States to take immediate actions to address land public authoritiesg grabbing and extreme land concentration;
2021/11/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 73 #

2020/2126(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8
8. Emphasises the clear link between respecting the rule of law and the sound implementation of CAP fundsimportance to protect all EU funds, including CAP funds, from infringements of the rule of law; urges the Commission to be extra vigilant on rule of law matters and to activate its proportionate sanction system if needed with regard to EU funds;
2021/11/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 78 #

2020/2126(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 10
10. Encourages the harmonisation of cadastral systems at EU levelMember States, which haven’t yet done so, to ensure interoperability between the cadastral systems and the Integrated Administration and Control System in order to facilitate and improve the verification process.
2021/11/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 9 #

2020/2117(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Stresses that, against the background of a sharp economic downturn, EU agri-food trade has remarkably remained broadly stable over the course of 2020, for both exports and imports, thanks in large part to the best efforts of farmers; and operators in the agri-food chain highlights that the Union’s yearly agri-food trade surplus exceeded EUR 60 billion; recalls in this context that agriculture and agri-food are key drivers for EU exports and economic recovery;
2021/04/14
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 24 #

2020/2117(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Emphasises the remarkable resilience of European agriculture and food production in ensuring food security and security of supply; underlines its socio- economic importance as well as the high number of companies and jobs involved; stresses the importance of Europe’s agri- food production for the vitality of its rural areas;
2021/04/14
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 36 #

2020/2117(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Recalls, however, that some European agri-food markets are in a highly vulnerable situation after a significant loss in sales, threatening their long-term sustainability; notes that the pandemic has had a significant impact on agri-food and drink sector such as the wine, spirit and liqueur sectors, among other as well as fresh food, meat and ornamental plants, given the drop in exports in terms of both volume and value, increase in logistics costs and consumption habits; calls for further support to reactivate these exports and regain market share;
2021/04/14
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 62 #

2020/2117(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Stresses that any EU economic stimulus plans and export support measures need to consider agriculture in view of the importance and diversity of the sector; also stresses that the review and overhaul of EU trade policy, as well as the announced reform of the World Trade Organization, must be an opportunity to better defend the European agricultural model and farmers’ interests and to foster international regulatory co-operation while seeking new export possibilities for EU´s high quality agri-food products; in this regard highlights that trade must be based on balanced, fair and transparent rules to avoid distortion of competition; reiterates firmly that agriculture and agri-food products entering the European market must fully comply with EU rules and standards;
2021/04/14
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 73 #

2020/2117(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 – subparagraph 1 (new)
Stresses that the implementation of the initiatives and requirements of the European Green Deal should not lead to the leakage of agricultural production and forestry to third countries, which would have negative impact on the environment and climate;
2021/04/14
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 79 #

2020/2117(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4 a. Highlights the importance of fair, sustainable and active EU trade policy and the role of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements for the European agri- food sector and exports; stresses that the concept of strategic autonomy should not lead to protectionism;
2021/04/14
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 94 #

2020/2117(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Highlights the overall importance of a well-functioning internal market in order to, including green lanes and guidelines for seasonal workers, in order to ensure food security and enhance Europe’s export capacity and secure ourEU´s producer network.;
2021/04/14
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 97 #

2020/2117(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 – point a (new)
(a) Recalls that the EU Promotion Policy can support agri-food products in both the internal market and third- country markets; calls on the European Commission to take into account the contribution that a reinforcement of this policy can provide to counter the trade related implications of COVID-19;
2021/04/14
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 100 #

2020/2117(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5 a. Emphasizes the importance of transparency and traceability in food supply chain, in particular, in the light of the COVID-19 crisis and zoonotic epidemics and calls the EU to be a forerunner in origin labelling of agri-food products;
2021/04/14
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 19 #

2020/2085(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 12 a (new)
— having regard to the Special Eurobarometer 505 entitled 'Making our food fit for the future - Citizens' expectations',
2021/07/22
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 20 #

2020/2085(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 12 b (new)
— having regard to the 'Five Freedoms' described by the OIE (World Organisation for animal health), namely : freedom from hunger, malnutrition and thirst, freedom from fear and distress, freedom from heat stress or physical discomfort, freedom from pain, injury and disease, and freedom to express normal patterns of behaviour,
2021/07/22
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 22 #

2020/2085(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 12 c (new)
— having regard to the Article 13 of the TFEU 'the Union and the Member States shall, since animals are sentient beings, pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals, while respecting the legislative or administrative provisions and customs of the Member States relating in particular to religious rites, cultural traditions and regional heritage',
2021/07/22
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 56 #

2020/2085(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D a (new)
Da. whereas European farmers are currently undertaking further action regarding the evolution of breeding and animal housing, with a view to strengthen the convergence with the OIE's 'Five Freedoms';
2021/07/22
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 106 #

2020/2085(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital O a (new)
Oa. whereas targets for sow housing were not attained, thereby still leaving the premises too cramped and stressful, without sufficient enrichment material;
2021/07/22
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 117 #

2020/2085(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital Q a (new)
Qa. whereas the European agricultural demography is experiencing an alarming decline; whereas an insufficient generational renewal would have an undesirable effect on the implementation of animal welfare norms;
2021/07/22
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 125 #

2020/2085(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital S
S. whereas the common agricultural policy (CAP) is one of the regulatory tools that can be used to improve the welfare of farm animals, notably through eco- schemes as well as by means of supporting investments;
2021/07/22
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 154 #

2020/2085(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital W a (new)
Wa. whereas the majority of animal welfare labelling schemes are initiated by the private sector, and the rest are the result of public-private partnerships or, to a lesser extent, initiatives by National Competent Actors in some EU members;
2021/07/22
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 156 #

2020/2085(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital W b (new)
Wb. whereas the systems observed in the EU are voluntary; whereas most of them include aspects other than animal welfare, such as traceability, sustainability, and health; whereas they vary greatly in terms of operation and design;
2021/07/22
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 157 #

2020/2085(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital W c (new)
Wc. whereas there is no consensus on the prospect of mandatory animal welfare labelling rules, mainly due to the economic implications arising from their implementation, in particular for livestock farmers; whereas even if mandatory rules were to even out certain irregularities on the European market, they would have a dampening effect on private initiatives aimed at creating product differentiation and the use of animal welfare as a commercial lever;
2021/07/22
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 265 #

2020/2085(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9 a (new)
9a. When enhancing animal welfare legislation in the EU, farmers' income and competitiveness of European livestock producers in the global agricultural market needs to be taken into account;
2021/07/22
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 281 #

2020/2085(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11 a (new)
11a. Invites the Commission to invest in the welfare of the farmers handling livestock and in the attractiveness of this occupation, with a view to enhancing motivation and productivity amongst settled farmers and future farmers, thereby directly boosting animal welfare;
2021/07/22
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 288 #

2020/2085(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13
13. Points out that practices intended to improve animal well-being usually incur higher production costs and increase farmers’ workload, and that this must be offset by corresponding remuneration; stresses, by way of example, that phasing in loose housing for pregnant sowin farrowing units would require a 30-year transition period to ensure that the additional costs incurred are recouped from the market, and that the least onerous way of introducing this is to construct new buildings, something that can only be done with the cooperation of the authorities in issuing building permits;
2021/07/22
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 293 #

2020/2085(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14
14. Stresses that some measures believed to improve animal welfare are in fact counterproductive and may undermine other aspects of sustainability, namely welfare and health safety-related issues, as well as efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; cites, by way of example, that keeping rabbits in the open air increases stress and mortality levels, and that installing collective cages in rabbitries leads to aggressive behaviour among does, causing stress, injury and reduced performance, and that there is a linear relation between increasing pen dimensions and ammonia emissions leaving the farmers faced with conflicting legislations on animal welfare and environmental issues;
2021/07/22
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 306 #

2020/2085(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15 a (new)
15a. Recalls that the full implementation of the current legislation in every Member State is crucial to enhance on-farm animal welfare and to ensure fair level playing field in the internal market;
2021/07/22
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 350 #

2020/2085(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21 a (new)
21a. Invites the Commission to take better notice of the specificities of rabbit farming;
2021/07/22
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 5 #

2020/2077(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Considers that the agriculture, food and forestry sectors and rural areas are essential components of the circular economy; and underlines that the circular economy and bio-economy can provide solutions to the new challenges facing the agricultural sector caused and highlighted by the COVID-19 crisis by reducing the vulnerability of value chains within the EU and globally;
2020/10/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 15 #

2020/2077(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Takes the view that the announcement of the action plan is a clarion call for profound change to reorient farm production models towards agro-ecology, given the degradation and scarcity both in natural resources and in the rest ofacceleration and realisation of the full potential of the circular economy and the bio-economy in the agriculture sector and across the food- supply chain;
2020/10/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 28 #

2020/2077(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Calls for the implementation of a European protein plan advocating consumption of legumes, asto become more independent of protein imports; moreover, growing new protein crops in Europe could give an opportunity to farmers; the production of crops that need no nitrogen- based fertilisers has an additional advantage;
2020/10/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 32 #

2020/2077(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4 a. Highlights the important role of bio-based products, including for example, the better recovery and use of bio-waste, in the transition to a circular carbon-neutral economy;
2020/10/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 34 #

2020/2077(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Sees the circular bio-economy as an opportunity for agriculture, enabling it generate renewable energy from biodegradable farm and municipal waste and its by-products: organic fertilisers; Considers that the circular economy and bio-economy offers great potential for farmers and their cooperatives in the transition towards a climate-neutral European economy through for example, advanced bio- refineries that produce bio-fertilisers, protein feed, bioenergy and biochemicals; highlights that farmers have the potential to produce renewable energy such as biogas from agricultural waste and residues such as manure, or from other sources of waste and residues from the food industry, sewage, wastewater and municipal waste; urges greater research, prioritisation and investment in these options;
2020/10/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 38 #

2020/2077(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5 a. Considers that value-added utilisation of agro-residue and agro- bioenergy are important drivers for the circular economy and bio-economy, and that in the EU, renewable energy obtained through agro-residues have significant potential and should be explored with further research, investment and a supportive policy framework.
2020/10/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 42 #

2020/2077(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 b (new)
5 b. Underlines the essential role of sustainable forest management in circular and bioeconomy, where the wood-based materials function as carbon storages and substitute fossil and other non-renewable materials in many industrial applications such as construction, fibre products, textiles, composites, bioplastics, renewable energy and chemicals while increasing forest resources serve as sinks;
2020/10/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 45 #

2020/2077(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 c (new)
5 c. Highlights that the transformation towards a circular economy and bio- economy can only be accelerated and scaled when business incentives are aligned with policy goals and a supportive policy framework;
2020/10/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 46 #

2020/2077(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 d (new)
5 d. Notes that the development of the circular economy and bio-economy will create more jobs in the primary production and stresses that the bio economy requires new skills, new knowledge and new disciplines be developed and/or integrated further in training and education in this sector in order to tackle bio economy-related societal changes, promote competitiveness, growth and job creation, meet the needs of the sector and ensure that skills and jobs are better matched;
2020/10/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 50 #

2020/2077(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6
6. HopNotes that thee potential of a fully implemented circular economy willto contribute to the relodiversification of agriculture and food producincome for farmers and the contribution ait local level by strengthening regional and local food systemcan make downstream in the rural economy, bringing benefits to both agriculture and rural communities;
2020/10/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 52 #

2020/2077(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6
6. Hopes that the circular economy will contribute to the relocation of agriculture and food production at local level by strengthening regional and localstrengthening of regional and local food systems which could strengthen the position of the farmer in the food systems;
2020/10/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 54 #

2020/2077(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6 a (new)
6 a. Notes that within the wider circular economy the uptake of carbon removal and increased circularity of carbon, in full respect of the biodiversity objectives should be incentivised; calls on the Commission to explore the development of a regulatory framework for certification of carbon removals based on robust and transparent carbon accounting to monitor and verify the authenticity of carbon removals;
2020/10/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 63 #

2020/2077(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7 a (new)
7 a. Emphasises the right of consumers to more precise information about the environmental impacts of products, and supports the Commission in its efforts to make proposals to substantiate green claims through solid, accurate and harmonised calculation methods; underlines that those calculation methods must incentivise green production methods, and shall take into account efforts madeby first movers;
2020/10/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 66 #

2020/2077(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8
8. Calls for prevention measures to be stepped up in the fight against food loss and waste; and stresses that food wastage has huge environmental consequences, contributes to climate change and represents a waste of limited resources such as land, energy and water; therefore, urges the Commission via the Farm to Fork Strategy to introduce swift proposals to implement the goal of halving food waste by 2030;
2020/10/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 73 #

2020/2077(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8 a (new)
8 a. Stresses that, in order to reduce wastage at the production stage, innovative techniques and technologies should be used to optimise performance in the fields and convert those products that do not meet market standards into processed goods;
2020/10/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 74 #

2020/2077(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8 b (new)
8 b. Notes the benefits of cooperation and digitalisation, which allows better access to data and demand forecasts, and developing advance production programmes for farmers, enabling them totailor their production to demand, better coordinate with the other sectors of the food supply chain, and minimise wastage; given the challenging nature of reducing unavoidable food waste, stresses that effective use of food waste, including in the bio economy, should be promoted;
2020/10/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 76 #

2020/2077(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8 c (new)
8 c. Notes the potential within the circular economy for optimisation of use of food unavoidably lost or discarded and by-products from the food chain, in particular those of animal origin, in feed production, nutrient recycling and production of soil improvers and their importance for primary production;
2020/10/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 78 #

2020/2077(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8 d (new)
8 d. Notes the potential for optimisation of former foodstuff and by- products from the food chain in feed production and its importance for primary production; calls for an multi-stakeholder approach to collect unsold, unconsumed and inedible food and redirecting it into feed manufacture and also consequently calls on the Commission to analyse legal barriers to the use of former foodstuffs in feed production and to promote research in this area, while at the same time stressing the need for increased traceability, compliance with biosecurity standards and using separation and treatment processes that bring food safety risk down to zero;
2020/10/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 81 #

2020/2077(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 9
9. Urges the use of bio-sourced and biodegradable materials in agricultural plastics; underlines the need for clear labelling of plastics that are biodegradable and plastics that are merely bio-sourced and non-biodegradable; welcomes the intention to develop a policy framework for sourcing, labelling and use of bio-based plastics, and highlights that non-food crops, waste products and side streams of the agro-industry should be the main source for bio-plastics;
2020/10/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 83 #

2020/2077(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 9
9. UrgeSupports the use of bio-sourced and biodegradable materials in agricultural plastics where possible;
2020/10/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 62 #

2020/2076(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 a (new)
1 a. Highlights that digitalization, artificial intelligence, big data analytics, cyber security, innovation and development of measures for sustainable industries are essential for creating better social cohesion, achieving the European green deal objectives and ensuring EU’s competitiveness.
2020/06/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 83 #

2020/2076(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 b (new)
2 b. Welcomes the proposal for an EU Recovery plan presented by the Commission on 27 May 2020, which includes a reinforced long-term budget of the EU (MFF 2021-2027) and a new recovery instrument of 750 billion euros- Next Generation EU, highlights in this sense the importance of investments in industrial sectors particularly hit by the crisis through the Recovery and Resilience Facility which will allow the development of a strategy for sustainable and competitive industrial policy across the EU;
2020/06/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 85 #

2020/2076(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 c (new)
2 c. Highlights the need for the European industry based on ecosystems that rely on entrepreneurial discovery and invest in the creation of start-ups and new SMEs that will reinforce smart specialization and provide the ambition for business growth and expansion; considers that developing entrepreneurial skills is a key factor for building resilience, since several regions in the EU still witness a low survival rate of newly established start-ups and SMEs; stresses the need to boost the next generation of entrepreneurs in order to ensure the emergence of fast growing firms and unicorns helping Europe to have a significant impact on the global industrial landscape.
2020/06/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 102 #

2020/2076(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3 a. Underlines that the EU industrial strategy should be developed together with skilling, reskilling and upskilling policies aimed at the development of the right skills for the shift to sustainable ways of production and service delivery, in line with the EU commitments to achieve climate-neutral economy by 2050.
2020/06/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 126 #

2020/2076(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4 a. Acknowledges that skills shortages are among the biggest challenges faced by businesses today, which impedes production and growth; believes that businesses are key actors in fostering the development of skills and competences; calls on the EU and the Member States to encourage and support better cooperation between educational institutions and firms to provide the new skills for new occupations and sectors that will emerge from transitioning to sustainable, digital and green economy.
2020/06/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 133 #

2020/2076(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 b (new)
4 b. Stresses that high-skilled and specialised workers are major resource for innovation and competitiveness; calls on the Commission and the Member States to enhance the mobility within the internal market, removing all remaining obstacles, ensuring the portability and full recognition of skills and professional qualifications and effective protection of the social security right of mobile people within the EU;
2020/06/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 136 #

2020/2076(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 c (new)
4 c. Welcomes the work of the European Training Foundation (ETF), especially on vocational education, in fostering mobility and helping partner countries operating their transitions and developing human capital through the reform of their education and training systems and labour market; calls for more cooperation on insights, information sharing and best practices among CEDEFOP, EUROFOUND, the EEAS and Commission.
2020/06/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 137 #

2020/2076(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 c (new)
4 c. Considers that urgent actions are needed in order satisfy the current and future demand for qualified workers; calls on the EU and the Member States to improve and further develop the policies for attracting researchers, high performing students and highly-skilled workers from third countries.
2020/06/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 139 #

2020/2076(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 d (new)
4 d. Calls for a better forecast of the European Commission of the skills needed across sectors and industry to adapt to the change required by a new green economy and in particular to provide models for the employment effects of decarbonizing scenarios; encourages the European Commission to continue the consultation process of all relevant stakeholders, including VET providers, universities, public employment services, companies, trade unions, local and regional authorities.
2020/06/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 140 #

2020/2076(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 d (new)
4 d. Believes that the New Industrial Strategy should take into account SME’s diversity in terms of size, age or sector; furthermore, acknowledges that the green and digital transformations may pose a challenge for some SMEs; calls on the Commission and the Members States to provide more support for the upfront investments required by circular and greener business models and to remove any existing administrative burdens that SMEs face.
2020/06/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 142 #

2020/2076(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 e (new)
4 e. Highlights that EU citizens and businesses across the EU should have equal opportunities to profit from the industrial transformations; calls on the EU and the Member States to ensure that the transition towards more digital, innovative and sustainable industries boost economic growth and prosperity and does not lead to exclusion or social and geographic polarisation.
2020/06/17
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 9 #

2020/2074(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Emphasises that cohesion policy must support strong climate mainstreaming in agriculture and food-related sectors, and considers that the agricultural sector is the sector most critically exposed to the consequences of climate change; highlights that namely changes in temperature and precipitation as well as weather and climate extremes are already influencing crop yields and livestock productivity in Europe; moreover notes that the agricultural sector is of strategic importance for EU and global food security;
2020/12/17
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 19 #

2020/2074(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 a (new)
1a. Notes that the agricultural and forestry sectors are an important driver in the green transition; therefore highlights that future actions should focus on adaptation, mitigation and biodiversity; furthermore, notes that in order to harvest the full potential of technological innovations, substantial research is needed in order to develop both plant and livestock production, e.g. plant breeding, grass that sequester more carbon, biogas and biomass valorisation;
2020/12/17
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 30 #

2020/2074(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Underlines that, in order to reach the target of a 3255% reduction in GHG emissions in 2030, allocations from ESI funds supporting the transition towards climate neutrality in all eligible sectors would have to at least double, and 40% of ERDF resources would need to be allocated to the ‘green, low-carbon objective’1 ; underlines that research and investments in climate-effective agricultural solutions should be integrated into regional environmental strategies; __________________ 1 https://www.caneurope.org/docman/climat e-finance-development/3599-funding- climate-and-energy-transition-in-the-eu/file
2020/12/17
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 44 #

2020/2074(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Highlights the importance of linking regional environmental strategies to ambitious climate targets that go beyond the overall target ofaim at achieving a climate- neutral EU by 2050, taking into account the potesubstantial contribution of the farming, food and forestry sectors; stresses the need to take a balanced approach to sustainability in agriculture that considers existing trade- offs between improving its climate and biodiversity footprints, as well as economic and social aspects;
2020/12/17
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 53 #

2020/2074(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Highlights the importance of linking regional urban and rural environmental strategies to ambitious climate targets that go beyond the overall target ofaim at achieving a climate- neutral EU by 2050, taking into account the potesubstantial contribution of the farming, food and forestry sectors;
2020/12/17
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 63 #

2020/2074(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Underlines that regional environmental strategies should support renewable energy production and resource efficiency in the farming, food and forestry sectors; suggests that the relevant authorities prioritise the most sustainable options, such as wind or solar, and subject bioenergy projects to strict sustainability criteria. Urges relevant authorities to further develop the circular economy and bio-economy in their regional environmental strategies; highlights within this context that the agricultural sector has the potential to produce renewable energy such as biogas from agricultural waste and residues such as manure, or from other sources of waste and residues from the food industry, sewage, wastewater and municipal waste. Furthermore consider that regional environmental strategies should enhance efficient and sustainable farm business models for nutrient recovery and recycling. Urges greater research, prioritisation and investment in these options, and calls for a supportive policy framework;
2020/12/17
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 76 #

2020/2074(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4a. Notes that the development of the circular economy and bio-economy will create more jobs in the primary production and stresses that the bio- economy requires new skills, new knowledge and new disciplines be developed and/or integrated further in training and education in this sector in order to tackle bio economy-related societal changes, promote competitiveness, growth and job creation, meet the needs of the sector and ensure that skills and jobs are better matched;
2020/12/17
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 77 #

2020/2074(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4a. Stresses that the production of renewable energies such as biogas offers huge potential for farmers to increase their climate efficiency as well as to help making sustainable farming a profitable business model that offers growth and (skilled) job opportunities in rural areas; underlines that necessary investments are substantial and farmers hence require accessible funding;
2020/12/17
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 84 #

2020/2074(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Highlights the importance of re- localising food promoting sustainable agricultural practices and enhancing Europeand feed production, notably the production of plant proteins, in climate change mitigation, as this and effective use crops like perennial grass which contribute significantly to mitigate climate change and restore the environmental balance; finds that investing in perennial grass as an alternative protein source will shortens transport distances and limits deforestation;contribute to the limitation of deforestation; moreover consider that such investments allows for a greening of rural communities and job markets through the establishment of local green biorefineries underlines the opportunities offered by cohesion policy and regional environmental strategies in supporting this re-localisation;
2020/12/17
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 124 #

2020/2074(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6
6. Stresses that EU macro-regional strategies should help build cooperation in order to solve regional issues linked to climate mitigation and adaptation in the farming, food and forestry sectors, in fields such as flood and fire protection, efficient collective waste management, including with the aim of energy production, and the re-localisation ofpromotion of sustainable food production.
2020/12/17
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 131 #

2020/2074(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6 a (new)
6a. Welcomes the intention of the European Commission to present a strategy for rural areas and stresses the need to reinforce the synergies between the different structural and investment funds with the objective to help agri-food sectors improve their economic resilience and environmental sustainability.
2020/12/17
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 138 #

2020/2074(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6 b (new)
6b. Highlights the need to strengthen EU investments on broadband in rural areas to enable farmers to integrate digital technologies in order to develop precision farming, as it will be essential for their ecological transition.
2020/12/17
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 10 #

2020/2058(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 a (new)
1a. Welcomes the Commission’s amended MFF proposal of 27 and 28 May, including the communication entitled ‘Europe’s moment: Repair and Prepare for the Next Generation’, with its provision to increase funding for the Common Agricultural Policy in comparison to the previous MFF proposal;
2020/06/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 12 #

2020/2058(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 b (new)
1 b. Stresses that this increased funding is essential for delivering on the proposed objectives and ambition of the future CAP, achieving the Green Deal objectives in agriculture to strengthen the resilience of the agri-food sectors and to ensure sustainable food production which depends not only on a well-funded CAP but also on other MFF instruments such as research, investment in innovation or digital technology and the facilitation of farmer’s and the agri-food sector’s access to them;
2020/06/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 14 #

2020/2058(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 c (new)
1c. Welcomes the proposal to top up the Just Transition Fund (JTF), including with additional funds from Next Generation EU, and the two additional pillars of the Just Transition Mechanism, namely a dedicated scheme under InvestEU and a public sector loan facility and stresses that in order for the JTF and green transition to be successful and impactful for agriculture and rural areas, it must be undertaken in a fair, inclusive and scientifically underpinned manner together with stakeholders;
2020/06/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 16 #

2020/2058(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Takes note of the Commission communication on the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan (COM(2020)0021), but emphasiszes that the elements proposed within it, including the Just Transition Fund, depend entirely on an ambitious MFF agreement; expresses its deep concern that the front-loading of EU budget funds to cover new spending requirements stemming from the COVID- 19 pandemic may result in a funds shortage in later programming years which may impact on the ability of the agriculture sector to deliver on the objectives and ambition of the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies and deprive EU farmers of funding in the latter years of the MFF, which would be particularly damaging if they are expected to comply with new obligations under the Green Deal;
2020/06/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 20 #

2020/2058(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. Underlines the importance of facilitating access to public and private finance to support increased green investment, development and access to the digitalization tools, modernization and innovation that will enable farmers, the agricultural sector and rural areas to meet the challenges and opportunities of realizing the objectives and ambition of the Green Deal;
2020/06/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 25 #

2020/2058(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. Ensure the possibility for small and medium size companies in rural areas, including farms, to make use of investments funds;
2020/06/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 28 #

2020/2058(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 b (new)
2b. Stress that the differing starting points and potential for development of different regions and Member States must be taken into consideration in the development of national plans, allocation of funding and in the longer term financial perspective;
2020/06/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 36 #

2020/2058(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Recalls that a significant percentage of the common agricultural policy (CAP) envelope, which represents the largest share of the EU budget, will be set aside to support climate-related objectives and to ensure food security; recalls that the reform of the CAP is still ongoing and that no decision has yet been made on the exact contribution to environmental and climate- related objectives and requirements;
2020/06/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 37 #

2020/2058(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Recalls that a significant percentage of the common agricultural policy (CAP) envelope, which represents the largest share of the EU budget, will be set aside to support climate-related objectives; recalls that the reform of the CAP is still ongoing and that no decision has yet been made on the exact contribution to environmental and climate- related objectives and requirements;
2020/06/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4 #

2020/2039(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital A a (new)
A a. whereas agricultural workers inrural areas, particularly those living in remote areas, suffering from demographic disadvantages, face anexceptional higher risk of poverty and social exclusion;
2020/10/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 5 #

2020/2039(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital A b (new)
A b. whereas rural areas that are faced with depopulation may experience land abandonment and increased risk of forest fires and face difficulties in their economic recovery 1a; _________________ 1aForest fires — Sparking fire smart policies in the EU, European Commission (2018).
2020/10/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 11 #

2020/2039(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital B a (new)
B a. whereas, EU Cohesion Policy makes a key contribution to delivering Digital Single Market objectives on the ground, in particular through significant financial allocations from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF);
2020/10/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 24 #

2020/2039(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Stresses that the ongoing depopulation of rural areas, which leads to difficulties in accessing public services or inadequate health coverage, is not only having serious economic and social consequences but also hampering our chances of achieving the Green Deal’s ambitious objectives;
2020/10/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 32 #

2020/2039(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Urges the Commission, in developing the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies, to take practical steps to maintain the rural population, to develop local economies that would create job opportunities;
2020/10/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 57 #

2020/2039(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Supports innovation and digitisation with a view to promoting a vibrant, dynamic rural environment; calls on the Commission to draw on the smart cities and towns initiatives to develop a new instrument to support start-ups in rural areas, thereby also boosting their economic and productive fabric;, in order to pave the way a digital economy in rural areas; Calls on the Commission to support the financing of renewable resources as part of the Green deal/ Bioeconomy which can generate jobs and can help with the economic renewal of many rural areas2a; _________________ 2a Bioeconomy : investments in wool,which is a quintessentially natural fiber, resistant and durable can create new opportunities and reduce pollution by reducing the use of plastic, and bring innovative solutions for eco farming and keeping water and carbon into soils . The wool processing industry was delocalised from Europe.
2020/10/16
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 11 #

2020/2038(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Emphasises that agrotourism makes a significant contribution to the rural economy, represents an important additional source of income for many farms and, offers a wide range of opportunities to maintain the attractiveness of rural areas and create jobs, improves the business environment for the craft sector, agricultural holdings and rural businesses and prevents depopulation of the rural areas by boosting growth;
2020/09/14
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 18 #

2020/2038(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. Highlights that the COVID-19 crisis has strongly hit tourism activities in rural areas, and this has had a significant negative impact on revenues coming from agri-tourism. Therefore calls the European Commission and Member States to strengthen agri-tourism initiatives as part of the recovery plan and to ring-fence a specific allocation.
2020/09/14
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 25 #

2020/2038(INI)

2b. Stresses the benefits of rural tourism and calls on the Commission and the Member States to further promote and support initiatives, which would generate additional income sources for rural areas, job opportunities and prevent depopulation.
2020/09/14
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 34 #

2020/2038(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3a. Welcomes the growing inclination toward local and authentic travel experiences including the consumption of local and organic food products; calls on the Commission and the Member States to support campaigns raising awareness about the positive impact of sustainable ecotourism on the conservation of the biodiversity, responsible consumption of natural resources and learning experiences, educating and influencing lifestyle choices towards greener and more sustainable living;
2020/09/14
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 46 #

2020/2038(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4a. Underlines the importance and the need of better promotion of local tourism, which can significantly contribute to the achievement of some of the goals outlined in the European Green deal by reducing the distance travelled by each person and lowering the climate impact, improving the tourism environmental management by taking the pressure from overly populated tourist sites, while at the same time benefits the rural regions and local communities and helps to reduce the depopulation of these regions;
2020/09/14
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 53 #

2020/2038(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5a. Calls on the Commission and the Member States to strengthen their efforts to improve the connectivity and multi- modal sustainable travel in the rural and peripheral areas, as well as the access to broadband internet in these regions, which are essential for the development of sustainable tourism and for the digital transformation of tourism services, which will offer more choices, better allocation of resources and new ways of managing travel and tourist flows;
2020/09/14
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 55 #

2020/2038(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5a. Notes that rural tourism provides between 10 and 20% of rural income and employment, twice tourism’s income and employment levels averaged across Europe, and offers two-fold benefits: income diversification for farmers and a wide opportunity to connect consumers with the origins of food, biodiversity and nature, which contributes to the transmission of a high quality image of EU agriculture.
2020/09/14
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1 #

2020/2020(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital -A (new)
-A. whereas the principle of equal treatment is enshrined in Article 45(2) of the TFEU, forbidding any discrimination based on nationality between workers of the Member States as regards employment, remuneration and other conditions of work and employment;
2020/06/25
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 2 #

2020/2020(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital -A a (new)
-Aa. whereas the free movement of workers is a fundamental principle of the European Union and essential to the proper functioning of the Internal Market;
2020/06/25
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 20 #

2020/2020(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital B
B. wWhereas the free movement of services must under no circumstances undermineand workers’ rights, as well as social protection orbased on the principle of subsidiarity, support each other, and whereas digital technology can facilitate the supervision and enforcement of the rules safeguarding the rights of mobile workers;
2020/06/25
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 29 #

2020/2020(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital B a (new)
Ba. whereas the role of the European Labour Authority is in particular to ensure the effective, consistent and efficient application of European rules and to monitor compliance with Union law in the field of labour mobility in the context of the free movement of workers and the freedom to provide services in the internal market;
2020/06/25
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 32 #

2020/2020(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital B a (new)
Ba. Whereas free movement of services stimulates economic growth by enabling people to travel, study, shop and work across borders and by allowing companies to recruit from a larger talent pool;
2020/06/25
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 44 #

2020/2020(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital C
C. wWhereas the social implications of the free movement of services mean the EU needs, a robust cohesion policy and a fair and geographically balanced industrial policyforward looking EU industrial policy contribute to job creation and upward social convergence;
2020/06/25
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 61 #

2020/2020(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph -1 (new)
-1. Regrets that only 3,9 % of EU citizens in the working age reside in an EU country other than that of their citizenship in 2018; calls for increased efforts from the Commission and Member States to reduce mobility barriers for workers and businesses;
2020/06/25
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 62 #

2020/2020(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph -1 a (new)
-1a. Calls on the social partners along with other stakeholders to play their part in calling on governments to revitalise the European services sector;
2020/06/25
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 63 #

2020/2020(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph -1 b (new)
-1b. Calls for a more efficient coordination at EU level and enhanced commitment on addressing key social challenges in the areas, in particular portability of social entitlements of mobile workers while upholding the diversity of national systems and respecting Member States competences as enshrined in the Treaties as well as the principle of proportionality and subsidiarity;
2020/06/25
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 66 #

2020/2020(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Opposes the introducNotes that the country of destination ofis the country-of-origin principle, and considers that the free movement of services must be achieved without undermining workers’ rights and social rightsprinciple guiding the services directive and considers that this provision should not be changed; considers that the free movement of services and labour mobility will benefit when the rules on working conditions and health and safety of mobile workers’ are upheld;
2020/06/25
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 98 #

2020/2020(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Calls on the Commission, Member States and local authorities to work together with the social partners to devise strategies to guarantee and, facilitate the voluntary – rather than enforced –and promote mobility of workers, by implementing the right public policies and providing high- quality job opportunities which match workers skills;
2020/06/25
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 106 #

2020/2020(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. Besides the guidelines published on 30 March concerning the exercise of the free movement of frontier, posted and seasonal workers in critical occupations, welcomes the European Commission’s announcement that it is preparing guidelines on seasonal workers1a to ensure their health and safety at work; considers that these could be useful tools to support free movement of workers while contributing to safe working conditions; __________________ 1aCommissioner Nicolas Schmit’s speech on Thursday 18 June during the debate on the European protection of cross- border and seasonal workers in the context of the COVID-19 crisis
2020/06/25
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 112 #

2020/2020(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. In light of the COVID-outbreak Member States should rapidly establish specific burden free and fast procedures to ensure swift passage for frontier workers and seasonal workers, while ensured safe working conditions.;
2020/06/25
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 117 #

2020/2020(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 b (new)
2b. Calls for the full implementation of Services and the Professional Qualifications Directive built on mutual recognition to facilitate the free movement of services and workers, while reducing the amount of regulated occupational standards;
2020/06/25
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 121 #

2020/2020(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 c (new)
2c. Notes that at least 80 million workers in Europe are mismatched in terms of qualifications and more than 5 out of 10 jobs that are hard-to-fill are found in high-skilled occupations; stresses the need to create additional ways to attract talent and well-needed skills; calls for the current Blue Card proposal to be unblocked;
2020/06/25
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 123 #

2020/2020(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 d (new)
2d. Stresses the importance of supporting and updating workers’ skills, in particular digital skills, through existing mechanisms for recognition and compatibility of skills and qualifications, such as EURES, Europass online platform and ESCO.
2020/06/25
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 3 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Recital A
A. Wwhereas the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics and related technologies in everyday life and in the workplace is increasing;
2020/06/24
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 5 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Recital A a (new)
Aa. whereas Artificial Intelligence (AI) refers to systems that display intelligent behaviour by analysing their environment and taking actions – with some degree of autonomy – to achieve specific goals; whereas AI-based systems can be purely software-based, acting in the virtual world (e.g. voice assistants, image analysis software, search engines, speech and face recognition systems) or AI can be embedded in hardware devices (e.g. advanced robots, autonomous cars, drones or Internet of Things applications).1a __________________ 1aCommission Communication on Artificial Intelligence for Europe, COM(2018) 237 final
2020/06/24
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 9 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Recital A b (new)
Ab. whereas AI, robotics and related technologies can make a huge contribution to achieving the common goal of improving the lives of citizens and fostering prosperity within the EU as well as managing the twin transitions towards a green and digital economy, if harnessed correctly;
2020/06/24
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 10 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Recital A c (new)
Ac. whereas according to CEDEFOP’s European Skills and Jobs survey about 43% of EU adult employees have experienced new technologies at work, such as the introduction of machines and ICT systems; whereas about seven in ten EU workers require at least moderate digital skills to do their job;
2020/06/24
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 11 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Recital A d (new)
Ad. whereas on average, about one quarter of EU citizens have no or low- level digital skills; whereas the digital divide also has specific gender, accessibility, age and geographic aspects, which must be addressed;
2020/06/24
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 16 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Recital B
B. Wwhereas AI offers economic and societal benefits and opportunities for both businesses and workers, while at the same time raising a number of challenges;
2020/06/24
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 24 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Recital C
C. Wwhereas AI solutions and robotics are expected to have a strongmarked impact on the labour market1 and increase the need for skills and specialized labour.2 __________________ 1 STOA, “The ethics of artificial intelligence: issues and initiatives” March 2020 2European Parliament “Encouraging STEM Studies for the labour market” March 2015
2020/06/24
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 42 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Highlights the need to thoroughly assess the effects or implications of AI applicationsStresses that the scope of any framework on the ethical aspects of artificial intelligence, robotics and related technologies should be adequate, proportionate and thoroughly assessed to avoid hampering future innovation and job creation; highlights in particular the need to thoroughly assess the opportunities and challenges that AI, robotics and related technologies can present in companies and in public administration, including in relation to workers, jobs and workflows; considers it indispensable as part of this assessment that workers and their representatives are consulted and receive sufficient information before AI applications are put to use; the social partners are consulted on any European or national legislative or non-legislative frameworks regarding use of artificial intelligence, robotics and related technologies which impacts workplaces and invites them to include the ethical aspects of AI and its effects on the economy and employment, including in their joint work programmes at sectoral and cross-sectoral level where relevant;
2020/06/24
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 59 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Points out that AI solutions have the potential to improve working conditions and the quality of life, yet they can also lead to disproportionate and illegal surveillance of workers, for all workers particularly as regards employment and social inclusion of, and accessibility for, workers with disabilities as well as improving work-life balance, while they can also in the context of the workplace raise concerns as regards privacy and occupational health and safety such as the right to disconnect and discriminatory treatment or recruitment processes due to biased algorithms, including gender and racially biased algorithms3 - and they can undermine ; stresses the need to ensure that people from diverse backgrounds, including women, young people and people withe dignity and autonomy of peoplesabilities are included in inclusive development, deployment and use of AI; __________________ 3European Parliament “Education and employment of women in science, technology and the digital economy, including AI and its influence on gender equality”, April 2020
2020/06/24
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 70 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. Recalls that AI and robotics should respect human dignity and autonomy, and calls for clear rules to avoid potential misuse such as disproportionate and illegal surveillance of workers, deviant use of the so-called “socio-genomics” or bypassing systems for social dialogue;
2020/06/24
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 72 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Considers that it should be mandatory for users and consumers to receive all relevant information on the ethical aspects of AI applications so that they may make informed decisionsbe informed when a system uses AI and related technologies, particularly AI systems which personalise a product or service to its users, whether they can switch off or limit such personalisation and in cases where they are faced with an automated-decision making technology so that they may make informed decisions; stresses the need to ensure that professionals using algorithms understand how data is used and valued; considers that workers should receive adequate training and education on the various issues involved in the use and implication of the AI tools they use;
2020/06/24
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 84 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3a. Notes that the opportunities of AI solutions rely on Big Data, with a need for a critical mass of data to train algorithms and refine results; welcomes in this regard the Commission proposed creation of a common Data Space in the EU to strengthen data exchange and support research in full respect of data protection for workers and employers;
2020/06/24
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 87 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 b (new)
3b. Highlights the importance of education and continuous learning to develop the skills of tomorrow, to ensure the complementarity between human and machine at work, and to ensure the re- skilling of workers in the sectors heavily impacted by the risk of automation; calls therefore for a Programme for European AI teaching posts, a Europe-wide academic AI exchange programme for university networks;
2020/06/24
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 88 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Stresses the need to ensure that productivity gains due to the development and use of AI and robotics do not only benefit company benefit society at large, including companies and workers by driving EU growth and competitiveness and the creation of quality employment; notes that sectors and occupations requiring medium-or lowners and shareholders, but also society at-level skills are more prone to automation; considers it essential that the Member States, with the support of the Commission and in co- operation with relevant actors such as businesses and academia, invest in high quality, responsive and inclusive education, vocational training and lifelong learge, especially where such gains coning systems and up- and re- skilling policies in order to equip students and workers with basic literacy, numeracy and digital skills as well as competences in sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and transversal soft skills such as entrepreneurship, creativity and critical thinking to avoid skills obsolescence and ensure employability in transformed at the expense of jobs; nd future-oriented sectors; calls for the Updated Skills Agenda for Europe and the reinforced MFF for 2021- 2027 to play a strong role in this regard;
2020/06/24
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 96 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4a. Reminds that the EU employment and social acquis remains fully applicable irrespective of the involvement of AI and believes the Commission and Member States should ensure it is enforced adequately where AI is used and address any potential legislative gaps;
2020/06/24
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 107 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5a. Stresses the need to carefully preserve the direct relations between employers, professionals, users and client in sensitive sectors;
2020/06/24
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 112 #

2020/2012(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6
6. Calls for any European legislative framework on the ethical aspects of AI applications in the workplaceartificial intelligence and applications, robotics and related technologies to address the world of work, especially with regard to workers’ rights and working conditions;
2020/06/24
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 2 #

2020/2008(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital A
A. whereas the demographic old-age dependency ratio (people aged 65 or above relative to those aged 15-64) is projected to increase significantly in the EU as a whole in the coming decades; whereas it has risen to 29.631.4 % oin 2016 figures91a, and is projected to rise further, notably up to 52 % in 20501b and reaching 51.2 % in 2070; _________________ 1a https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/databrowser/ view/tps00198/default/table?lang=en 1b https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/databrowser/ view/tps00200/default/table?lang=en
2020/10/01
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 6 #

2020/2008(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital A a (new)
A a. whereas Europe's ageing population is a demographic phenomenon which sees a decrease both in fertility and in mortality rate and a higher life expectancy among European population;
2020/10/01
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 9 #

2020/2008(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital A b (new)
A b. whereas the demographic situation severely impacts the social, economic and territorial cohesion of the EU; whereas it is important for the EU to mainstream demographic issues into all its policies;
2020/10/01
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 30 #

2020/2008(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Considers that the current political approach, based on a limited and damaging vision (‘any job at any cost’), should be phased out so that employment and work can be seen in a longer-term perspective of the individual’s working life;deleted
2020/10/01
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 50 #

2020/2008(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Points out that an ageing workforce and the lack of generational renewal constitute a more serious issue in the agricultureal sector than in other sectors; believes that addressing market uncertainty and lack of profitability in farming enterprisesfacilitating access to finance for the farming enterprises, particularly for young farmers, are key to reversing this trend;
2020/10/01
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 56 #

2020/2008(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3 a. Acknowledges that only 11% of all farm holdings in the European Union are run by farmers under the age of 40 years old2a; calls on the Member States to remove all barriers preventing young farmers from entering the agricultural sector, including the difficult access to land; calls furthermore on the Member States to promote new ways of collaboration between generations such as partnerships, share-farming, long-term leasing and other arrangements which could address the lack of land and stimulate young farmers; _________________ 2ahttps://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics- explained/index.php/Farmers_and_the_a gricultural_labour_force_-_statistics
2020/10/01
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 81 #

2020/2008(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5 a. Recognises the prominent role that the cohesion policy and the CAP could play in encouraging and boosting the employability and inclusion of women in rural and remote areas affronted with demographic-related issues and calls on the Member States to better use the relevant funds for that purpose;
2020/10/01
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 84 #

2020/2008(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 b (new)
5 b. Notes that improving the connectivity and the accessibility of services in the rural and remote areas is crucial to address the depopulation of these regions and the social and digital exclusion of the older population living there; therefore, calls on the Member States to recognise the significance of rural and remote areas, in their diversity, and develop their potential through stimulating investments in the local economy, fostering entrepreneurship and improving their infrastructure;
2020/10/01
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 89 #

2020/2008(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 c (new)
5 c. Considers the possibilities created by lifelong learning, in combination with digitalisation, essential to provide the ageing population in the rural and remote areas with various opportunities, including supplementary income; calls, therefore, on the Commission and the Member States to support educational and training programs, that will help the ageing population to develop skills and gain expertise in areas such as eCommerce, online marketing and ICT;
2020/10/01
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 92 #

2020/2008(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 d (new)
5 d. Highlights that due to the evolution, digitalization and specialization of agriculture, both people within the sector and those first entering in it, require an appropriate level of digital, technical and economic training and calls for the promotion of exchange schemes, discussions, online trainings and e- learning;
2020/10/01
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 94 #

2020/2008(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 e (new)
5 e. Reminds that the outermost regions are especially predisposed to depopulation and require a special set of measures to mitigate negative demographic changes they often face; calls on the Member States to use proactively the available structural and investment funds in order to address the challenges these regions face;
2020/10/01
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 96 #

2020/2008(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 f (new)
5 f. Underlines the essential impact the constantly evolving digital technologies have on people’s daily life, thus stresses the need for high-speed broadband and vital and up-to-date technological equipment in schools, hospitals and all other relevant public services facilities, including developing effective e- Governance, in order to ensure there are enough opportunities for the people living in rural and remote areas.
2020/10/01
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 15 #

2020/2007(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital B a (new)
B a. whereas agriculture is a sector with a strong reliance on temporary labour, work which is mostly seasonal in nature with peaks and high employment of migrant workers to meet the needs and demands of sector;
2020/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 30 #

2020/2007(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Welcomes the Commission’s legislative proposal of March 2018 for establishing a European Labour Authority to ensure that EU rules on labour mobility are enforced in a fair, simple and effective way; however regrets that the European Labour Authority is currently not planning to be fully operational before 2024;
2020/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 32 #

2020/2007(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 a (new)
1 a. Highlights the important and essential role of migrant and seasonal workers in responding to periodic and seasonal peaks in labour demand in the agricultural sector which local supply cannot meet;
2020/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 36 #

2020/2007(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 b (new)
1 b. Notes that several Member States, such as Denmark, Italy and Spain, have in recent years experienced a significant increase in the share of migrant workers in agriculture;
2020/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 37 #

2020/2007(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 c (new)
1 c. Stresses the disproportionately negative impact movement restrictions introduced as a result of the COVID-19 crisis had on the availability of seasonal workers for necessary agricultural work and across the food supply chain as a whole, notes in this regard the importance of a fully functioning internal market with clear guidelines and uniform interpretation by the Member States;
2020/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 38 #

2020/2007(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. CNotes that the full and proper implementation of Directive 2014/36/EU (on the conditions of entry and stay of third-country nationals for the purpose of employment as seasonal workers) should be ensured and monitored in Member States to ensure minimum standards are achieved, considers that better legal frameworks and a greater focus on the implementation and enforcement of labour law are urgently needed, including with regard to employment rights and social security coverage, especially for atypical work and exploited labour; furthermore underlines the importance of the principle of equal pay for equal work at the same place;
2020/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 42 #

2020/2007(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2 a. Expresses concern at the working, health and safety and social conditions facing some migrant and seasonal workers and points to the importance of monitoring compliance with employment legislation, combating undeclared work and monitoring adherence to social welfare and safety standards that promote the social and economic integration of migrant and seasonal workers;
2020/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 48 #

2020/2007(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Points out that better targeting of EU funds would support worker mobilitysuch as those under the European Social Fund and tools under the Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme would support worker mobility, inclusion and increased health and safety training and awareness, enabling better use of the information available and improving the collection and use of data on the patterns of labour mobility flows and imbalances within the labour market;
2020/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 59 #

2020/2007(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Considers that family workers still represent the vast majority of agricultural labour in Europe, and that insufficient generational renewal is one of the major challenges faced by the farming sector across the EU, resulting in fewer farmers in the sector year after year; Notes that CAP measures oriented towards young farmer help maintain employment in agriculture, namely through supporting farm succession and generating local jobs in both farming and its up-and downstream sectors. However, regrets that this positive trend remains very limited in its impact because of many other economic factors influencing farming employment, such as access to credit and land as well as lack in succession planning and lack of tax incentives;
2020/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 78 #

2020/2007(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Points out that technological innovation is a driver of structural change within farms and agricultural labour markets, and that many holdings across Europe are not sufficiently prepared for taking up technological innovation owing to the low level of agricultural training of their farm managers, a level which differs significantly among Member States; notes that that the current trend towards a technology-oriented agricultural sector has the potential to push labour costs upwards, as farming will demand a higher-skilled labour force; highlights that increased training, education and upskilling will be required by all workers in the sector to meet the challenge of increased technologic innovation and modernisation and notes that this increased training should be planned in close collaboration with social partners within the labour market;
2020/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4 #

2020/2006(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Calls for binding Union law to be adopted that ensures that allthe supply chains of products imported into the Union and also of those products and services supplied within the Union do not involvedo not lead to deforestation and, ecosystem degradation or conversion, or, human rights violations, and that protects or the violation of rights of indigenous peoples and local communities;
2020/06/08
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 14 #

2020/2006(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 b (new)
1b. Calls for the Union to take a leading international role in promoting sustainable forest use and bio-based production; acknowledges that enhanced wood availability is necessary for attracting forest-based investments in the Union and green economic recovery as well as for achieving the targets of the European Green Deal and EU Bioeconomy Strategy, which also ensures halting deforestation;
2020/06/08
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 21 #

2020/2006(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 a (new)
1a. Underlines that forest policy is a national competence and that, on the Union level, the Standing Forestry Committee steers the preparation of forest-related views regarding policy initiatives;
2020/06/08
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 29 #

2020/2006(INL)

2. Notes that voluntary measures alone will not stop deforestatthe Union contribution to global deforestation caused by demand for imports of deforestation-risk goods into the Union;
2020/06/08
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 37 #

2020/2006(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 e (new)
2e. Calls for the establishment of an objective of Union zero deforestation consumption in the framework of the Green Deal by 2030, at the latest;
2020/06/08
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 40 #

2020/2006(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 f (new)
2f. Welcomes the proposal of the Commission in its communication of 20 May 2020 entitled "A Farm to Fork Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system" to put in place a deforestation observatory, but considers it necessary that this initiative be accompanied by submitting, every 5 years, a report to the European Parliament and the Council on global deforestation in order to take appropriate measures in terms of reinforcing cooperation with third countries and safeguarding trade restrictions at the Union level;
2020/06/08
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 41 #

2020/2006(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 g (new)
2g. Considers it essential to put in place a deforestation-free certification system that would increase the supply chain transparency in the Union and allow the promotion of products not issued from deforestation;
2020/06/08
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 42 #

2020/2006(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 h (new)
2h. Asks the Commission to put in place an information campaign on responsible agri-food consumption in the Union by highlighting the environmental consequences of the embodied deforestation;.
2020/06/08
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 46 #

2020/2006(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Calls therefore for a due diligence obligation to be placed on operators, including financiefor economic actors, that place forest and ecosystem-risk commodities, or their derivatives on the Union market, from third countries on the Union market; stresses, that many of the affected European businesses particularly in the food supply chain are SMEs and therefore calls for an SME- friendly implementation that limits administrative burden to an unavoidable minimum;
2020/06/08
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 58 #

2020/2006(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Considers that improving traceability and transparency can help to ensure that onlyincrease the consumption of sustainably sourced goods are consumed; calls for due diligence obligations to be part of public procurement rules;
2020/06/08
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 65 #

2020/2006(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Calls for binding and enforceable environmental and social provisions to be included in free trade agreements (FTAs) so as to protect forests, natural ecosystems and human rights, particularly community tenure rights; calls for the reopening of FTAs which do not contain such provisions, for example EU-Mercosur FTA;
2020/06/08
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 81 #

2020/2006(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6
6. Calls for the Union to cutreduce its dependency on imports of forest and ecosystem-risk commodities by implementing the Union protein plan, and for Union livestock production to match available Union land resources;
2020/06/08
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 106 #

2020/2006(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8
8. Notes the unsustainable level of consumption in the EU, and that, for example, the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) coStresses that the sustainability of raw material use in the Union could be considerably improved by implementains insufficient sustainability criteria, which both causes and intensifies land-use changeg measures to boost the circular bio- economy, consequently reducing the dependency on deforestation-risk imports;
2020/06/08
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 121 #

2020/2006(INL)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 9
9. Asks the Commission to monitor and take action on the causes of wildfires, forest damage and ecosystem conversion and related human rights and tenure violations, by creating early alert mechanisms.and to assist in tackling these issues by intensifying dialogue and data sharing with respective third countries;
2020/06/08
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 21 #

2020/1998(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Recalls that the COVID-19 outbreak has claimed thousands of lives in Europe and has led to an unprecedented crisis with disastrous consequences for people, families, workers and businesses, and therefore requires an unprecedented response; highlights that 2021 will be a critical year for the budget, as the first year of the 2021-2027 MFF and the first “post- COVID-19 recovery” year; highlights in particular that the budget should help improving the situation in the social and employment area, in time of unprecedented crisis following the COVID-19 pandemic; welcomes in this regard that the 2021 budget will be complemented by €211 billion in grants and approximately €133 billion in loans under Next Generation EU which must also help to address the social and economic impacts of the crisis;
2020/09/07
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 23 #

2020/1998(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3a. Stresses that the budget for 2021 should primarily focus on mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and supporting Member States' recovery, while also building on the European Green Deal and digital transformation; stresses that the Union and all Member States must show full solidarity with those most in need and ensure that no country is left on its own to fight the pandemic;
2020/09/07
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 24 #

2020/1998(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 b (new)
3b. Recalls that the European Parliament, in its resolution of 17 April 2020 on EU coordinated action to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences, called on the Commission and the Member States to prioritise aid and crisis-mitigation measures for the Overseas Countries and Territories and outermost regions by means of a dedicated exceptional support fund;
2020/09/07
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 30 #

2020/1998(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Stresses that the recovery efforts should boost jobs and growth, the resilience of our societies and should be complemented by a strong social dimension, addressing social and economic inequalities within the EU and its Overseas Territories and Countries, and the needs of those hardest hit by the crisis, particularly potentially vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, whose inclusion in the labour market must be supported and fostered;
2020/09/07
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 54 #

2020/1998(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7
7. Stresses that this forthcoming rationalisation should be based on evidence and impact assessment, and should be in line with the better regulation agenda, as well as with related recommendations of the European Court of Auditors; believes the rationalisation should also help to address the social impacts highlighted by the COVID-19 crisis; highlights, in this regard, that the activities implemented in the area of employment and social affairs should always result in strategic measures with clearly defined objectives and targets and that efficient and effective spending is as equally important as the total budget ceilings;
2020/09/07
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 64 #

2020/1998(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 9
9. Underlines that, in the context of ongoing budgetary constraints and of the post-COVID-19 recovery, it will be critical to make the best use of the 2021 general budget, including future skills policies and measures to support labour market transition and better adjustment to demographic change, automatisation and digitalisation, particularly by improved integration of potentially vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in the labour market; further underlines the importance of addressing social inequalities pertaining to youth unemployment and young people's access to the labour market;
2020/09/07
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 68 #

2020/1998(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 10
10. Emphasises the importance of budgetary accountability and prioritisation when delivering true value for money for EU citizens, including a stronger focus on evidence-based policymaking that is inclusive and special attention to social, regional and territorial disparities;
2020/09/07
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 73 #

2020/1998(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 11
11. Highlights the important contribution of the agencies in dealing with a wide range of employment, social issues and data collection; stresses that their tasks are developing and hence they must be given the necessary resources to fulfil them; therefore calls for a thorough assessment of the new tasks assigned to the agencies and of their overall performance, with a view to ensuring appropriate and efficient budgetary allocations only and that they are equipped with the necessary funding to be able to collect the qualitative data necessary to better fulfil these obligations; insists, in particular, for a proper staffing and financing of the European Labour Authority;
2020/09/07
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 82 #

2020/1998(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 12 a (new)
12a. Emphasises the importance to include the Overseas Territories and Counties in its budgeting; urges the Commission to implement measures and funding to address the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on the Overseas Territories and Countries.
2020/09/07
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 96 #

2020/0310(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Recital 1
(1) Pursuant to Article 3 of the Treaty on European Union, the aims of the Union are, inter alia, to promote the well-being of its peoples and to work for the sustainable development of Europe based on a highly competitive social market economy aiming at full employment and social progress.
2021/05/18
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 110 #

2020/0310(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Recital 2
(2) Article 28 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union36 provides for the right of workers and employers, or their respective organisations, in accordance with Union law and national laws and practices, to negotiate and conclude collective agreements at the appropriate levels and, in cases of conflicts of interest, to take collective action to defend their interests, including strike action. Article 31 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union367 provides for the right of every worker to working conditions which respect his or her health, safety and dignity. __________________ 36Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, 2012/C 326/02 OJEU C326/391 of 26.10.2012. 37 Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, 2012/C 326/02 OJEU C326/391 of 26.10.2012.
2021/05/18
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 113 #

2020/0310(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Recital 3
(3) TArticle 2 of the European Social Charter establishes that all workers have the right to just conditions of work. ItArticle 4 recognises the right of all workers to a fair remuneration sufficient for a decent standard of living for themselves and their families. Article 4 of the Charter recognises and the role of freely concluded collective agreements as well as of statutory minimum wage setting mechanisms, to ensure the effective exercise of this right. Article 5 recognises the right of workers and employers to form local, national or international organisations for the protection of their economic and social interests and to join those organisations. Article 6 recognises the right to bargain collectively.
2021/05/18
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 120 #

2020/0310(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Recital 4
(4) Chapter II of the European Pillar of Social Rights, proclaimed at Gothenburg on 17 November 2017, establishes a set of principles to serve as a guide towards ensuring fair working conditions. Principle No 6 of the European Pillar of Social Rights reaffirms the workers’ right to fair wages that provide for a decent standard of living. It also provides that adequate minimum wages shall be ensured, in a way that provides for the satisfaction of the needs of the worker and his/her family in the light of national economic and social conditions, whilst safeguarding access to employment and incentives to seek work. Furthermore, it recalls that in-work poverty shall be prevented and that all wages shall be set in a transparent and predictable way according to national practices and respecting the autonomy of the social partners.
2021/05/18
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 126 #

2020/0310(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Recital 5
(5) Guideline 5 of Council Decision 2020/ 1512/EU on guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States37 calls on Member States to ensure an effective involvement of social partners in wage-setting, providing for fair wages that enable a decent standard of living and allowing for an adequate responsiveness of wages to productivity developments, with a view to upward convergence. The Guideline also calls on Member States to promote social dialogue and collective bargaining on wage setting. It also calls on Member States and the social partners to ensure that all workers have adequate and fair wages by benefitting from collective agreements or adequate statutory minimum wages, and taking into account their impact on competitiveness, job creation and in- work poverty. The Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy 202138 states that Member States should adopt measures to ensure fair working conditions. In addition, the Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy 202039 recalled that in the context of growing social divides, it is important to ensure that each worker earns an adequate wage. Several Country Specific Recommendations have also been issued to some Member States in the field of minimum wages. However, individual countries may be little inclined to improve their minimum wage settings because of the perception that this could negatively affect their external cost competitiveness. __________________ 37Council Decision 2020/1512/EU of 13 October 2020 on guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States (OJ L 344, 19.10.2020, p. 22–28). 38 Commission Communication COM(2020) 575 final. 39 Commission Communication COM(2019) 650 final.
2021/05/18
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 136 #

2020/0310(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Recital 6
(6) Better working and living conditions, including through adequate minimum wages, benefit both workers and businesses in the Union and are a prerequisite for achieving inclusive and sustainable growth. Addressing large differences in the coverage and adequacy of minimum wage protection contributes to improving the fairness of the EU labour market and promote economic, social progress and upward convergence. Competition in the Single Market should be based on high social standards, creation of quality jobs, innovation and productivity improvements ensuring a level playing field.
2021/05/18
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 145 #

2020/0310(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Recital 7
(7) When set at adequate levels, minimum wages protect the income of disadvantaged workers, help ensure a decent living, and limit the fall in income during bad times, as recognised in Convention 131 of the International Labour Organisation on the establishment of a system of minimum wage fixing. Minimum wages contribute to sustaining domestic demand, strengthen incentives to work, boost economic resilience, reduce wage inequalities and help to prevent and combat in- work poverty.
2021/05/18
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 149 #

2020/0310(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Recital 7 a (new)
(7 a) Member States that have ratified Convention 131 of the International Labour Organisation and are implementing it have made substantial progress on establishing a system of fixing minimum wages, which should not be undermined.
2021/05/18
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 156 #

2020/0310(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Recital 8
(8) Women, young and low-skilled and migrant workers and persons with disabilities have a higher probability of being minimum wage or low wage earners than other groups. During economic downturns, such as the Covid-19 crisis, the role of adequate minimum wages in protecting low-wage workers becomes increasingly important and is essential to support a sustainable and inclusive economic recovery. AddressingEnsuring and improving the adequacy of the minimum wage contributes to gender equality, closing the gender pay and pension gap as well as elevating women and children out of poverty.
2021/05/18
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 168 #

2020/0310(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Recital 9
(9) The Covid-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on the labour market generally and in particular the services sector and small and micro firms, which both have a high share of minimum wage earners. In addition, minimum wages are also important in view of the structural trends that are reshaping labour markets and which are increasingly characterised by high shares of non-standard and precarious work. These trends have led to an increased job polarisation resulting in an increasing share of low-paid and low- skilled occupations in most Member States, as well as to higher wage inequality in some of them.
2021/05/18
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 184 #

2020/0310(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Recital 11
(11) Minimum wage protection set out by collective agreements in low-paid occupations is adequate in most cases; statutory minimum wages are low compared to other wages in the economy in several Member States. In 2018, the statutory minimum wage did not provide sufficient income for a single minimum- wage earner to reach the at-risk-of-poverty threshold in nine Member States. In addition, the use of reduced minimum wage rates (variations) and deductions from statutory minimum wages, the limited use of which in some instances is justified, can negatively affect their adequacy.
2021/05/18
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 192 #

2020/0310(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Recital 12
(12) Not all workers in the Union are protected by minimum wages. In some Member States some workers, even though they are covered, receive in practice a remuneration below the statutory minimum wage due to the non-respect ofcompliance with existing rules. In particular, such non- compliance has been found to affect notably women, young workers, people with disabilities and agricultural workers. In Member States where minimum wage protection is provided only through collective agreements, the share of workers not covered is estimated to vary from 2% to 55% of all workers.
2021/05/18
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 203 #

2020/0310(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Recital 13
(13) While strong collective bargaining at sector or cross-industry level contributes to ensuring adequate minimum wage protection, traditional collective bargaining structures have bseen erodinga declining trend during the last decades, in part due to structural shifts in the economy towards less unionised sectors and to the decline in trade union membership related to inter alia the increase of atypical and new forms of work.
2021/05/18
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 223 #

2020/0310(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Recital 15
(15) This Directive establishes minimum requirements at Union level to ensure both that minimum wages are set at adequate level and thatboth improve the adequacy of statutory minimum wages and workers have access to minimum wage protection, in the form of a statutory minimum wage or in the form of wages set under collective agreements as defined for the purpose of this Directive.
2021/05/18
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 262 #

2020/0310(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Recital 19
(19) In a context of declining collective bargaining coverage, it is essential that the Member States protect the right to engage in and promote collective bargaining to enhance workers’ access to minimum wage protection provided by collective agreements. Member States with a high collective bargaining coverage tend to have a low share of low-wage workers and high minimum wages. Member States with a small share of low wage earners have a collective bargaining coverage rate above 70%. Si