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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  • EESC, room VMA 3 - rue van Maerlant 2, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

    Following the lead of the upcoming Dutch EU Presidency, the European urban policy community is actively working on the preparation of an Urban Agenda. The aim is to promote cooperation between European, national and city level representatives and stakeholders so as to stimulate growth, liveability and innovation.

    In order to better understand how to engage civil society organisations, the Dutch Presidency invited the EESC to express its opinion on this issue.

    It is within this context that the EESC is organising a public hearing on Partnership for urban development – Future of the EU Urban Agenda. The purpose of the hearing is to gather suggestions from representatives of civil society organisations as well as experts in the field of urban development, and discuss them with institutional representatives in view of channelling findings into the EESC's opinion. The event will take place on 14 December 2015 from 2.30 p.m. at the EESC's premises.

  • Rue Belliard 99, Brussels, Meeting Room JDE 63, Belgium

    The Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI), in collaboration with the ECO section, has recently launched a project dedicated to the impact of monetary policy on European industry and, very specifically, on the role of the European Investment Bank in this field.

    In this context a round table will be held on 12 November 2015 in Brussels.

  • Madrid, Spain

    Rewarding enterprises that can demonstrate higher ethical performance

    The conference is around 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 "Economy for the Common Good" is thought to contribute to the transition towards a "European Ethical Market" which will foster social innovation, boost the employment rate and benefit the environment. This model is to be realised within the market economy, it is not opposed to the market economy.

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