By Aroa Molero
COVID19 pandemic has not stopped the EU legislation: several legislative initiatives are ongoing and open for stakeholders’ feedback. Here is our snapshot of the key EU public consultations currently open, covering a wide range of topics from data governance to animal welfare.
Deadline: 31 May 2020
European Strategy for data
The European Commission wishes to consult all stakeholders with an interest in the EU data economy, including governments, companies and business organisations, public sector content holders and users, experts and academics as well as citizens. The public consultation will help shape the future policy agenda on the EU data economy. It will feed into possible Commission initiatives on access to and re-use of data in the coming months and years.
Deadline: 03 June 2020
Trade – preferential tariff scheme between the EU and developing countries (update)
The EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences grants unilateral tariff preferences to developing countries as a means of supporting their economic and social development, as well as promoting human rights, employment standards, sustainable development and good governance practices.
The preferential tariff scheme allows developing countries to pay fewer or no duties on exports to the EU. The Regulation governing the scheme expires on 31 December 2023. This initiative launches the preparatory work needed to allow the next Commission to decide on the future of the scheme.
Deadline: 11 June 2020
Non-financial reporting by large companies (updated rules) – deadline extended
All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. In particular, we seek the views of preparers of reports containing non-financial information and of the end users of such published information, especially financial sector institutions, investors, civil society organisations and trade unions. Most financial sector companies such as banks and insurance companies, are likely to be both preparers and users of non-financial information. Other stakeholder groups, including academics, supervisors, national authorities, assurance providers, providers of ESG data and ratings, or standards setting organisations, are as well target groups of this consultation.
Deadline: 14 June 2020
Consultation on the White Paper on Artificial Intelligence – A European Approach
The public consultation aims to give stakeholders the opportunity to express their views on the questions raised and policy options proposed in the White Paper on Artificial Intelligence.
Deadline: 15 June 2020
Galileo satellite system: use for critical infrastructure
This initiative intends to support the introduction of the European Global Navigation Satellite Navigation Systems (Galileo and EGNOS) in the critical infrastructures that depend on satellite navigation for timing and synchronisation within the European Union. It aims at increasing the resilience of the infrastructures in Europe that are critical to security and economy, making them gradually less dependent on foreign satellite navigation systems (e.g. GPS and GLONASS). The initiative would also support the aim of increasing the uptake of Galileo as set out in in the Communication “A Space Strategy for Europe”.
Deadline: 15 June 2020
EU animal welfare strategy (2012-15) – evaluation
The 2012-15 EU Strategy for Protection and Welfare of Animals aims to improve animal welfare standards and ensure they are applied and enforced. Following a 2018 recommendation from the European Court of Auditors, we will evaluate this strategy. The evaluation will assess the extent to which the strategy delivered on its objectives and whether they are relevant and consistent today. It will also look at efficiency and whether the strategy usefully complements national efforts in this field.
Deadline: 16 June 2020
EU-China customs agreement
This initiative will evaluate customs cooperation and mutual administrative assistance between the EU and China since the signing of the EU-China Customs Cooperation and Mutual Administrative Assistance Agreement in 2004.
Deadline: 17 June 2020
European Climate Pact
The Green Deal is the new EU strategy to tackle climate change, designed to make the European economy sustainable, cleaner, safer and healthier. To achieve this, it is vital to engage the public as a whole – to instil a new culture of awareness, and trigger tangible joint action. The vehicle for promoting this broad social mobilisation – bringing together people, industry, civil society and public authorities at all levels – will be the ‘Climate Pact’, to be launched in the 3rd quarter of 2020.
Deadline: 23 June 2020
European network of employment services (EURES) evaluation 2016-2020
The European network of employment services (EURES) is designed to help workers within the EU, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to move countries to work. Under the EURES Regulation, the Commission must draw up an evaluation report analysing the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, coherence and EU added value of actions taken under this initiative since 2016.
Deadline: 06 July 2020
Evaluation of the EU legal framework on food irradiation
This evaluation aims to assess whether the current EU legislative framework related to the irradiation of food and food ingredients is still fit for purpose and delivers as expected. It will focus on whether the objectives of the legislation such as the free movement of irradiated foodstuffs within the internal market while at the same time ensuring safe food and a high degree of protection of human health and the environment has been achieved and also whether the objectives are still relevant.
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