The EU's own budget resources should be overhauled, giving them a new structure to take account of current economic realities. The current system for funding the EU budget is complicated and lacks clarity for the public. A high-level group on own resources chaired by Mario Monti has been formally established to this end. The Committee wants to revisit the issue of own resources and its broader ramifications, with the stress on a fair competitive environment for Europe's producers. The public hearing organised on Monday, 1 June 2015 at the EESC headquarters in Brussels will be a rare opportunity for stakeholders, politicans and civil society represetatives to discuss this highly sensitive topic.
The EESC welcomes the Proposal for a Directive presented by the European Commission, through which the Commission is continuing to implement the measures included in the action plan to strengthen the fight against tax fraud and tax evasion. Information on advance tax rulings and advance pricing arrangements is very important and can help the Member States to trace artificial transactions. The EESC recommends that the Member States make efforts to ensure that the provisions of the proposal for a directive are transposed correctly.
I join Federica Mogherini in expressing the concerns of the members of the EESC about the new law passed in Russia which restricts freedom of association and movement.
This law comes in addition to a multitude of pressures that in recent years have affected to a great extend organisations that are working in the fields of the environment and human rights. In general, we are very concerned about the worldwide increase of measures that restrict freedom of association. In some countries this freedom is completely suppressed. We must remember that democracy is not a matter of geographical latitude or standards of living. Democracy is a fundamental human right that is unconditional.
The ESDW is a European-wide initiative aiming at stimulating and increasing the visibility of activities, projects and events that promote sustainable development.
Speech of Henri Malosse at the Eastern Partnership summit, Riga, 21-22/05/2015
"The Civil societies of the EU and Eastern Partnership countries expect action, they are tired of beautiful words which do not materialize!"
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