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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  • Brussels, 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.

  • Conference - Malinska (Island of Krk), Croatia

    Islands have special characteristics and therefore face particular problems. However, their very specific situation can also offer opportunities if, with the necessary effort from all parties concerned, policies are developed and implemented which create sustainable growth and, at the same time, job opportunities for the young generation, competiveness and innovation, whilst respecting the environment and cultural heritage. This conference is foreseen in the Smart Islands project, and is aimed at showcasing and discussing best practices to help islands develop in a sustainable and "smart" manner.

  • Debate - EESC - Room JDE 62, Belgium

    On 9 July 2014, the European Economic and Social Committee endorsed an opinion on structural reform of banks and called for further action at EU level. In that context, on 8 September 2015, the EESC Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption had a large debate on following topic: A social pact for sustainable finance: stability, growth, new jobs. The objective of this event was to reflect on a social pact for sustainable finance and to identify how sustainable finance can contribute to stability, growth and new jobs.




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