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  • 25 May 2016
    Maximising the contribution of ESI Funds Adopted References: ECO/396 EESC-2016-00351-00-00-ac-tra Referral - Rapporteur: Dimitris DIMITRIADIS (Employers - GR I / Greece) Plenary Session: 517 - 25 May 2016 - 26 May 2016

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    EESC opinion: Maximising the contribution of ESI Funds

  • 28 Apr 2016
    Anti-tax-avoidance package Adopted References: ECO/405 EESC-2016-01284-00-00-AC-TRA Referral - Rapporteur: Petru Sorin DANDEA (Workers - GR II / Romania) Co-rapporteur: Roger BARKER (Employers - GR I / United Kingdom) Plenary Session: 516 - 27 Apr 2016 - 28 Apr 2016

    The EESC has in numerous opinions urged for a fair, efficient and growth-friendly corporate tax system, based on the principle that companies should pay taxes in the country where profits are generated. Thus, the Committee welcomes the Commission’s initiatives intended to combat aggressive tax planning and broadly supports the proposed measures as regards the essential elements of the two legislative proposals, the Anti-Tax-Avoidance-Directive as well as the Directive on Administrative Cooperation. It advocates for a more precise scope and framework in certain specific areas (such as e.g. the switch-over clause). The Committee urges to finish drawing up the list of countries or regions which refuse to apply good governance standards and considers that the envisaged legislative measures should not apply to SMEs. Last but not least, the EESC recommends to set a shorter deadline for implementing these rules which implement the commitments made during the negotiations on the OECD's BEPS process uniformly across the EU.

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  • 17 Mar 2016
    Euro area external representation Adopted References: ECO/392 EESC-2015-05877-00-00-ac-tra Referral - Rapporteur: Petr ZAHRADNIK (Employers - GR I / Czech Republic) Plenary Session: 515 - 16 Mar 2016 - 17 Mar 2016 OJ C 177 of 18.05.2016, p.16

    The euro area needs to step up its external representation. This will strengthen its relative weight in international financial institutions and give it a more prominent position in international financial markets. The EESC endorses the rationale behind the two Commission documents and agrees with the main elements of the three-phase scenario to gain a single euro area chair at the IMF by 2025. At the same time, however, the EESC proposes that the Commission also draft scenarios for making stronger and more effective the links with other relevant international bodies, taking particular account of their remits. The EESC also recommends clearly and explicitly defining the roles of euro area external representation and their dovetailing with those of the EU as a whole, with a view to preserving the integrity of the single market.

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    EESC opinion: Euro area external representation

  • 17 Mar 2016
    European Deposit Insurance Scheme Adopted References: ECO/393 EESC-2015-06354-00-00-ac-tra Referral - Rapporteur: Daniel MAREELS (Employers - GR I / Belgium) Plenary Session: 515 - 16 Mar 2016 - 17 Mar 2016 OJ C 177 of 18.05.2016, p.21

    The introduction of further risk sharing is to be accompanied by further risk reduction in the Banking Union. Both the EDIS and the relevant risk reduction measures have to be dealt with in parallel and without delay and actually put into effect. An EDIS will have a positive impact on the situation of individual Member States and banks by being more able to cushion local shocks. This may discourage speculation against specific countries or banks, thus reducing the risk of bank runs. At the same time it will further weaken the link between the banks and their national sovereigns. It is imperative that the existing legislative framework of the Banking Union is fully implemented by all Member States. It is important that the Commission carry out a comprehensive in-depth impact study in order to further strengthen the legitimacy of the proposal.

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  • 17 Mar 2016
    Steps towards Completing EMU Adopted References: ECO/394 EESC-2015-06709-00-00-ac-tra Referral - Rapporteur: Carmelo CEDRONE (Workers - GR II / Italy) Plenary Session: 515 - 16 Mar 2016 - 17 Mar 2016 OJ C 177 of 18.05.2016, p. 28

    The Commission communication on Steps towards completing EMU can provide a great opportunity to launch a debate at political level and with civil society to draw up conclusive proposals which go further than the current ones. It would be more useful to draw up a proposal for the European Semester as part of a comprehensive agreement on economic governance that goes beyond the status quo, changing macroconditionality and strengthening the Interparliamentary Conference. Democratic legitimacy is not tackled seriously by any of the Commission's operational proposals. The tripartite social dialogue could contribute to this matter. On the basis of its own roadmap, the EESC is committed to putting forward, possibly with the Commission, a plan on stage two (Completing EMU 2017-2025) to discuss these issues in the Member States, beginning with the euro area countries.

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  • 17 Mar 2016
    National Competitiveness Boards Adopted References: ECO/395 EESC-2015-06711-00-00-ac-tra Referral - Rapporteur: Thomas DELAPINA (Workers - GR II / Austria) Co-rapporteur: David CROUGHAN (Employers - GR I / Ireland) Plenary Session: 515 - 16 Mar 2016 - 17 Mar 2016 OJ C 177 of 18.05.2016, p. 35

    Competitiveness is not an end in itself. It is only a sensible objective if it improves people's well-being in practice. The EESC therefore recommends that an updated definition of competitiveness ("competitiveness 2.0") be used in future, taking into account "the ability of a country to deliver the beyond-GDP goals for its citizens". The EESC urges that future discussions refer not to "competitiveness boards" but to "boards for competitiveness, social cohesion and sustainability". The EESC asks the Commission to present concrete proposals on how the following necessary requirements with regards to these boards can be safeguarded: accountability, legitimacy and transparency; representation of balanced unbiased expertise; non-binding character of proposals of the boards; inclusion of the dual role of wages, both as a cost factor and as the main determinant of domestic demand.

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  • 17 Mar 2016
    Euro area economic policy (2016) Adopted References: ECO/397 EESC-2015-06712-00-00-ac-tra Referral - Rapporteur: Michael IKRATH (Employers - GR I / Austria) Co-rapporteur: Anne DEMELENNE (Workers - GR II / Belgium) Plenary Session: 515 - 16 Mar 2016 - 17 Mar 2016 OJ C 177 of 18.05.2016, p.41

    The EESC welcomes the establishment of economic priority programmes for the euro area at the start of the European Semester. To achieve a recovery of growth and employment a mix of financial, taxation, budgetary, economic and social policies is needed. In contrast to the recommendation of the Commission, the focus of fiscal policy should be designed to be more expansionist than neutral. The EESC advocates the reduction of taxation on labour insofar as it does not threaten the financial sustainability of social protection systems. The EESC calls for a coordinated effort to create a more business-friendly environment for SMEs through better regulation, adequate financing and facilitation of exports to markets outside the EU. There is a particular need to open up new funding opportunities for micro-enterprises and start-ups.

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    EESC opinion: Euro area economic policy (2016)

  • 16 Mar 2016
    Prospectus Directive Adopted References: ECO/388 EESC-2015-05834-00-01-ac-tra Referral - Rapporteur: Milena ANGELOVA (Employers - GR I / Bulgaria) Plenary Session: 515 - 16 Mar 2016 - 17 Mar 2016 OJ C 177 of 18.05.2016, p. 9

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  • 16 Mar 2016
    Structural Reform Support Programme Adopted References: ECO/398 EESC-2016-00122-00-00-ac-tra Referral - Rapporteur: Ioannis VARDAKASTANIS (Various interests - GR III / Greece) Plenary Session: 515 - 16 Mar 2016 - 17 Mar 2016 OJ C 177 of 18.05.2016, p. 47

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  • 15 Mar 2016
    Public tax transparency (country-by-country reporting) Ongoing References: ECO/407 Referral - Rapporteur: Victor ALISTAR (Various interests - GR III / Romania) Co-rapporteur: Petru Sorin DANDEA (Workers - GR II / Romania)
     

     

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