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  • 6 Mar 2014
    EESC opinion on the Annual Growth Survey 2014 Adopted References: CESE 0746/2013 Referral - COM(2013)800 final 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: CESE 2595/2012 Referral - COM(2012)750 final 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: CESE 2235/2012 Referral - COM (2012) 299 final 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: CESE 497/2012 Referral - COM (2011) 815 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 Referral - COM (2011) 400 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 - 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. ..."