Economics & Cohesion

This theme includes crucial topics such as economic and monetary policy, financial markets, taxation, the EU budget and economic and social cohesion. Growth and employment also fall into this category, making them key policy areas for Europe’s recovery from the economic and financial crisis. EESC members also have a special interest in the completion of Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) as a cornerstone of the development of EU integration.


The range of issues covered by this theme extends to:

  • Macroeconomic and monetary policies
  • Growth and employment
  • Own resources and the budget of the European Union
  • Statistics
  • Taxation
  • Financial markets (including the macroeconomic dimension of financial services and insurance)
  • Regional and structural policies and economic and social cohesion
  • Spatial planning
  • Urban Policy

Most of these sub-themes are dealt with by the Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Social Cohesion (ECO). It works in close cooperation with other EESC bodies, such as the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI), the Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption (INT), the Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship (SOC) and the Europe 2020 Steering Committee, in particular for topics related to growth and employment, financial services, business services, and the social economy.

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  • Is it efficient and effective?
    Public Hearing - EESC, Room VMA 3 - Brussels, Belgium

    In the context of the State aid modernization process, the European Commission has introduced a requirement for evaluation of a selected number of State aid Scheme. The aim of these evaluations is to identify the actual impact that State aid has on the market and allow for improvement of the follow up schemes. The hearing explored both theoretical and practical aspects of the evaluation process. Guest speakers included European high civil servants, practitioners and researchers.

  • Public Hearing - Ispra, Italy

    Following the Baltic, Danube and Adriatic Ionian Regions, the Alpine area is the fourth to develop its macro-regional strategy. With the collaboration of seven countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Liechtenstein and Switzerland) and the European Commission, three specific pillars have been identified as a basis for future cooperation. These focus on sustainable growth and promoting innovation, connectivity and sustainability of natural and cultural resources.

    Within this context the ECO Section of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is organising a public hearing in Ispra, Italy on Thursday, 25 June 2015 in order to collect and present the arguments and proposals of European institutions and policy makers as well as civil society representatives in their respective fields. The results of the discussion will feed into the opinion the EESC is currently drawing up, to serve as an contribution to the implementation of the EU Strategy on the Alpine Region.

  • Public Hearing - EESC, Brussels, Belgium

    The EESC is examining the merits and the applicability of a concept for a new sustainable economic model based on core values such as solidarity, human dignity, social justice, environmental sustainability, transparency and democratic participation. This concept for an Economy for the Common Good (ECG) has taken root in certain EU countries, with the support and assistance of local stakeholder groups, businesses and social organisations. The EESC wants to analyse these proposals in terms of achieving sustainable growth and the creation of high-quality jobs in the European Union.

    In this context, the EESC will hold a public hearing on the Economy for the Common Good which will take place on Wednesday, 17 June 2015, starting at 10 a.m. at the EESC premises in Brussels.

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