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  • 20 Feb 2015
    EUR/007 - Progress on implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy Adopted References: EESC-2015-34 Exploratory Opinion Rapporteur: Baráth (Various interests - GR III / Hungary)

    The EESC agrees with the Latvian Presidency, recognizing the fundamental importance of the EU 2020 Strategy review to boosting European competitiveness. The Europe 2020 and the Investment Plan should be much more closely linked in the way that it could remedy the main shortcomings of the Europe 2020 Strategy. The Structural Funds should focus more on the implementation of environmental programs or those with a human aspect, which would also promote the sustainable development of factors "beyond GDP".

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  • 12 Feb 2015
    EUR/008 - Annual Growth Survey 2015 Adopted Referral - Rapporteur: Lobo Xavier (Employers - GR I / Portugal)

    The EESC welcomes the AGS 2015, but reminds that it is not possible to implement a growth plan that supports job creation measures without investment. Social investment can play a critical role in the promotion of welfare and the eradication of poverty and exclusion. The Committee welcomes the streamlining of the European Semester and acknowledges the efforts made by the Commission to encourage more civil society participation. The review of the Europe 2020 strategy should be published in a timely manner in order to give stakeholders sufficient time to prepare their positions.

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  • 23 Oct 2014
    EESC opinion on Taking stock of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth Adopted References: SC/039 EESC-2014-3600 Referral - Rapporteur: Stefano Palmieri (Workers - GR II / Italy) Plenary Session: 15 Oct 2014 - 16 Oct 2014

    The Europe 2020 strategy's main problems can be seen in the areas of governance, the targets set, civil society participation and its implementation. The architecture of the strategy's governance has formalised a structural distortion in which economic aspects take precedence over social and environmental governance, subordinating the Europe 2020 targets to the macro-economic priorities of the European Semester. It is worrying that the Europe 2020 strategy does not involve organised civil society adequately, at either national or European level.

     

    The Committee deems it necessary to promote a development model, where sustainable development is linked with the relevant Europe 2020 targets, in which the EU Member States, while continuing to pursue structural reforms geared to consolidating and ensuring the reliability of national finances, can - at the same time - support the implementation of policies that can: promote European competitiveness and its main stakeholders (workers, private businesses and social enterprises); promote the quantitative and qualitative growth of European investment (tangible, intangible and social); create more and better jobs; support social and territorial cohesion and address the problems related to high unemployment and rising levels of poverty and social exclusion.

     

     

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  • 6 Mar 2014
    EESC opinion on the Annual Growth Survey 2014 Adopted References: EESC-2013-0746 Referral - General Rapporteur: Evelyne Pichenot (Various interests - GR III / France) Plenary Session: 6 - 26 Feb 2014 - 27 Mar 2014

    The biggest challenge now facing Europe's economy is how to sustain the recovery that is now underway. This is the main message of the 2014 Annual Growth Survey (AGS). Its adoption kicks off the fourth European Semester of economic policy coordination in an environment where growth is beginning to return and Member States are making progress on correcting the imbalances that developed before the crisis.

  • 8 Feb 2013
    EESC opinion on the Annual Growth Survey 2013 Adopted References: EESC-2012-2595 Referral - Rapporteur: Xavier Verboven (Workers - GR II / Belgium) The 2013 Annual Growth Survey (AGS), which launches the European semester, sets out what the Commission believes should be the overall budgetary, economic and social priorities for the this year. Given the importance of the involvement of the organised civil society and the social partners in setting priorities for action at the national and EU level, the EESC issues its opinion as a contribution to the debates ahead of the Spring European Council.
  • 14 Dec 2012
    Action for stability, growth and jobs Adopted References: EESC-2012-2235 Referral General Rapporteur: Xavier Verboven (Workers - GR II / Belgium) Plenary Session: 12 Dec 2012 - 13 Dec 2012

    The EU needs to enhance the growth part of its overall strategy. This must be based on combining what the Member States can do at national level with action at EU level, anchoring these efforts in the Europe 2020 strategy and in our new governance structures.

  • 22 Feb 2012
    Annual growth survey 2012 Adopted References: EESC-2012-497 Referral - General Rapporteur: David CROUGHAN (Employers - GR I / Ireland) Plenary Session: 22 Feb 2012 - 23 Feb 2012 The Committee's opinion, prepared in view of the Spring European Council, comments on the Commission’s ‘Annual growth survey’ (AGS) 2012. In the first part, it deals with general issues related to the AGS such as: its focus on growth, on fiscal consolidation and on the implementation of reforms agreed in the framework of the European semester as well as the implication of organised civil society and social partners in the AGS process. The second part brings together specific contributions from various EESC opinions that were adopted in 2011 in relation to the five AGS priorities: pursuing differentiated, growth-friendly fiscal consolidation; restoring normal lending to the economy; promoting growth and competitiveness; tackling unemployment and the social consequences of the crisis; and modernising public administration. These comments update the EESC’s position on the AGS 2011 that was adopted in March 2011.
  • 8 Dec 2011
    Concluding the first European semester of economic policy coordination Adopted References: EESC-2011 Referral - General Rapporteur: Michael SMYTH (Various interests - GR III / United Kingdom) Plenary Session: 7 Dec 2011 - 8 Dec 2011 The EESC opinion focuses on several issues in relation with the Europe 2020 Strategy: the reinforcement of governance, the improvement of communication and of its concrete implementation by the Member States. Issued in a particularly difficult context, when the Union is experiencing the worst economic, social and political crisis in its history, the opinion stresses the need to move from emergency measures to long term growth reforms. It considers that the overarching Europe 2020 Strategy is more important than ever since it offers a comprehensive agenda for reforms aiming to secure sustainable growth and making the Union more resilient in future. The EESC also reiterates that organised civil society and social partners' participation in the carrying out of reforms is determinant for their success and can encourage national administrations and the EU in delivering concrete results.
  • 15 Mar 2011
    Annual Growth Survey Adopted Referral - Rapporteur: M. SMYTH (Various interests - GR III / United Kingdom) Plenary Session: 470 - 15 Mar 2011 - 16 Mar 2011

    "The Committee fully supports the Europe 2020 Strategy as well as the progress towards ex ante fiscal policy coordination in the European Semester and hopes that, at least for countries in the euro area, the current legislative proposals for European economic policy coordination will be the first step towards a genuine common economic policy and the full coordination of fiscal policies. ..."