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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  • Public Hearing - EESC, Brussels, Belgium

    Within the framework of its own-initiative opinion Proposal for mapping macro-regional strategies across Europe, the Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion of the European Economic and Social Committee is organising a public hearing on 26 November 2014 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    The opinion aims to give an overview on the European macro-regional strategies, analysing the differences and commonalities between their approaches across the various regions. Its purpose is to present a proposal on how to adjust such strategies to achieve uniform European development practice.

  • Conference - EESC (Room JDE52) - Rue Belliard 99., 1040 Brussels, Belgium

    The conference will debate the role of smart cities in driving the EU's economic revival by drawing on US and Italian experience. The panellists and the audience will specifically assess the challenges that lie ahead in supporting smart cities and how civil society can be mobilised to deliver concrete projects in Europe. Furthermore, the event will introduce a debate among private and public decision makers about how to make the approach to Smart Cities more systemic and concrete, through large-scale public private partnership projects.

  • Debate - CoR, Brussels, Belgium

    ECO Workshop "Specialised cities: the key to success" during the CoR OPEN DAYS 2014, moderated by Mr Haken, replacing Mr van Iersel. In line with an EESC workshop last year, three cities have been invited: Prague, Torino and Valencia. The goal of the workshop is to present best practices on partnership of various stakeholders in urban environment through the example of these three cities.

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