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Plenary session 27-28 April 2016

Plenary Session - Brussels, Belgium
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516th Plenary Session, with a debate on the Energy Union initiative on 28 April at 10.30 a.m., with Maroš Šefčovič, vice-president of the European Commission, responsible for the Energy Union

 

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  • 28 Apr 2016
    Ref: 31/2016
    Civil society needs to be involved in all aspects of the Energy Union

    In the debate with Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič the EESC stressed the importance of establishing an intelligent, efficient and sustainable EU external energy policy and the need for a shared vision – rather than mere technical/administrative reporting - to ensure that the Energy Union objectives are effectively pursued.

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    28 Apr 2016
    Ref: 30/2016
    European citizens are picking up the bill for tax avoidance

    EESC calls for uniform and swift implementation of the Anti-tax-avoidance package in its opinion adopted today at the EESC plenary.

    Aggressive tax planning, a practice in particular used by some multinational corporations, is eroding tax bases in the EU member states by 50 to 70 billion Euro every year. The EU has finally decided to push for an end to this approach, often even seen as "legitimate" by tax avoiders. The EESC strongly supports the EU proposal for laying down rules against tax avoidance. However, it calls for a more rigorous stance towards tax avoiders, while at the same time safeguarding the EU's competitiveness through intense negotiations at the level of the OECD and the G20.

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  • Issue Date: April 2016
    EESC info April 2016

    IN THIS ISSUE:  President Dassis’ statement concerning the terrorist attacks in Brussels; Interview to Gonçalo Lobo Xavier on the migration project; Members back from migration missions share their experience; New EESC study on planned obsolescence; Your Europe, Your Say! 2016; Giles Duley photograph exhibition

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