8 Feb 2013
EESC opinion on the Annual Growth Survey 2013
References: CESE 2595/2012
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.
22 Feb 2012
Annual growth survey 2012
References: CESE 497/2012
COM (2011) 815
General Rapporteur: David CROUGHAN (Employers - GR I / Ireland)
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
COM (2011) 400
General Rapporteur: Michael SMYTH (Various interests - GR III / United Kingdom)
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
COM(2011) 11 final
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. ..."