Action Plan on Capital Markets Union

17 Feb 2016
Adopted References: ECO/384 EESC-2015-05437-00-02-ac-tra Referral - Rapporteur: Daniel MAREELS (Employers - GR I / Belgium) Plenary Session: 514 - 17 Feb 2016 - 18 Feb 2016 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 133 of 14.04.2016, p. 17
Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - Action Plan on Building a Capital Markets Union

EESC opinion: Action Plan on Capital Markets Union

Key points:

  • The Committee endorses the goals of the action plan i.e. to mobilise capital in Europe and channel it to all companies, infrastructure and sustainable, long-term projects.
  • Bank funding will continue to play a key role in financing the economy. The Committee feels that certain new markets, including for non-performing loans, should be explored further.
  • The Committee has serious concerns, however, regarding the relevance and effectiveness of the capital markets union for SMEs. They must be able to choose the funding channels that suit them best.
  • The financial regulation needs to better take into account the proven national features in the future so as not to jeopardize the regional SME lending.
  • The role of the EIB could also be further strengthened when it comes to instruments (guarantee schemes, etc.). The initiative for STS-securitisation is also a step in the right direction.
  • The current pervasive information deficit should be remedied, and the framework made more SME-friendly.
  • The EU's economic and financial stability should be one of the priorities of the capital markets union. A suitable regulatory and supervisory framework requires greater convergence and cooperation in the area of micro- and macro-prudential supervision.