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Plenary Session 31 May - 1st June 2017

Plenary Session - Brussels, Belgium
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526th Plenary Session including:  

• Debate with Emily O'Reilly, 
Wednesday 31 May 2017 from 3 to 4 p.m.

• Debate 
with Tibor Navracsics, Wednesday 31 May from 4.30 to 5.45 p.m.

• Discussion with Antonio Tajani, Thursday 1 June 2017 from 12.30 to 1.30 p.m.

 

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  • 23 May 2017
    VAT- derogation - reverse charge Ongoing References: ECO/428 Referral - Rapporteur: Giuseppe GUERINI (Various interests - GR III / Italy)

    The EESC supports the measures that the European Union has put in place to tackle all forms of tax fraud and takes the view that the reverse charge mechanism for collecting value added tax (VAT) may be a useful tool in countering carousel fraud and VAT evasion. However, the use of the reverse charge mechanism, which is a derogation from the established principles on VAT, must not be allowed to harm the internal market and it must be temporary and properly assessed by the Commission.

    The Committee furthermore recommends focusing particular attention on the proportionality principle, as the cost of compliance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) related to introducing a reverse charge mechanism could be considerable.

  • 23 May 2017
    Artificial intelligence Ongoing References: INT/806 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Ms Catelijne Muller (Workers - GR II / Netherlands)

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies offer great potential for creating new and innovative solutions to improve peoples lives, grow the economy, and address challenges in health and wellbeing, climate change, safety and security.

    Like any disruptive technology, however, AI carries risks and presents complex societal challenges in several areas such as labour, safety, privacy, ethics, skills and so on.

    A broad approach towards AI, covering all its effects (good and bad) on society as a whole, is crucial. Especially in a time where developments are accellerating.

  • 23 May 2017
    European Defence Action Plan Ongoing References: CCMI/149 Referral Rapporteur: Christian MOOS (Various interests - GR III / Germany) Co-rapporteur: Jan PIE (Employers - GR I / Sweden)

    President Juncker stressed in his 2016 State of the Union Speech the need for a Europe that protects, empowers and defends. Taking greater responsibility for their security means that Europeans must invest in the development of key defence capabilities to be able to deter, respond and protect themselves against external threats. The European Union must demonstrate that it can act as a provider of hard as well as soft security, addressing calls for greater solidarity in security and defence. The Bratislava roadmap, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have also recently underlined this priority.

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  • Issue Date: May 2017
    EESC info May 2017

    IN THIS ISSUE: Can Dündar: “Do not leave Turkey alone. Erdogan is not Turkey”; EESC consults EU civil societyon White Paper on the Future of Europe; EESC proposes stakeholder platform to increase women’s employability in transport; Georges Dassis: “When we practise solidarity we can leave a trace in history”

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