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  • 6 Jul 2017
    Effectiveness of policies for SMEs Adopted References: INT/787 EESC-2016-EESC-2016-03121-00-00-AC Own-initiative Rapporteur: Ms Angelova (Employers - GR I / Bulgaria) Plenary Session: 527 - 5 Jul 2017 - 6 Jul 2017


    In its Opinion, the EESC draws attention to significant inefficiencies still existing in both the formulation and implementation of SME policies, warns against a bureaucratic approach still prevalent in EU policies and calls for a visible, coordinated and consistent horizontal policy for SMEs, based on a multiannual action plan. The EESC also proposes that the Commission assess whether the current definition of SMEs corresponds to their heterogeneity, sectoral dynamics, specific features and diversity during the last decade.

  • 6 Jul 2017
    Application of State aid rules for compensating the provision of services of general economic interest (Decision 2012/21/UE and Community Framework) Adopted References: TEN/605 EESC-2016 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Ms Milena Angelova (Employers - GR I / Bulgaria) Plenary Session: 527 - 5 Jul 2017 - 6 Jul 2017
  • 5 Jul 2017
    Implications of the digitalisation and robotisation of transport on EU policy-making Adopted References: TEN/632 EESC-2017 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Ms Tellervo Kyla-Harakka-Ruonala (Employers - GR I / Finland) Plenary Session: 527 - 5 Jul 2017 - 6 Jul 2017
  • 5 Jul 2017
    State of implementation of legal migration legislation Adopted References: SOC/553 EESC-2016-06698-00-01-ri-tra Referral Rapporteur: Del Rio (Workers - GR II / Italy) Plenary Session: 527 - 5 Jul 2017 - 6 Jul 2017 (Summary Plenary Session)

    In its evaluation of the implementation of EU directives on legal migration from the perspective of organised civil society in selected Member States, the EESC considers the impact of these directives to be generally positive, albeit partial and fragmented. It also notes the impact of irregular migration on the directives' applicability.

    The EESC provides a series of recommendations, covering the design of wider legal channels for labour migration; the role of the social partners and other organisations in this field; a simplified implementation of the directives and the modification of some of them; fact-based discourse to better inform the general public, integration and the fight against discrimination.

  • 28 Jun 2017
    Digital Single Market VAT (e)-package (VAT on e-commerce, e-publications, e-books) Adopted References: ECO/421 EESC-2016-06737-00-00-ac-tra Referral - Rapporteur: Amarjite SINGH (Workers - GR II / United Kingdom) Plenary Session: 527 - 5 Jul 2017 - 6 Jul 2017

    The EESC welcomes the package on the modernisation of VAT on cross-border e-commerce, and endorses both its objectives and its focus on addressing the concerns of SMEs. The Committee welcomes the proposed extension of the MOSS to goods as it creates conditions for the possible removal of the Low Value Consignment Relief (LVCR) scheme. Furthermore, the amendments to the VAT rates applicable to e-publications rules would eliminate the distinction between physical and non-physical publications, and ensure neutrality in this market.

  • 15 Jun 2017
    From Cork 2.0 Declaration to concrete actions Adopted References: NAT/709 EESC-2017 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Sofia Björnsson (Various interests - GR III / Sweden)

    Rural development is a horizontal issue that affects practically all policy areas.

    The EESC welcomes the Cork 2.0 Declaration that offers strong ongoing support for a rural policy at EU level. The EESC sees itself as a natural partner when it comes to implementing the declaration, and requests that the Commission continue producing progress reports on said implementation.

    Rural regions in the EU are not homogeneous and situations vary between and within Member States. These differences mean there is a need for focus and a strategic approach when using available EU funds. This must be based most importantly on initiatives from those living in rural areas.

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