Open trade is a precondition for economic growth and economic balance between the countries, provided that it happens under fair conditions. Jobs and growth in the EU will only be safe when there is a level playing field between producers in Europe and third countries. Market economy status therefore only deserve countries that are playing by the rules. These were the main messages of the EESC opinion on Trade Defence Instruments ...
While supporting the proposal for a directive on preventive restructuring and second chances, the EESC would prefer to see the proposal take the form of a regulation and not be afraid to move towards the maximum possible harmonisation of current systems.
In the opinion on "Inclusive Islands" drawn up at the request of the Maltese Presidency of the EU, the EESC identifies permanent solutions for islands to address their structural difficulties. Europe's islands are home to over 21 million people. They account for approximately 4% of the EU-28's total population. There is therefore an urgent need for the adoption of an integrated policy framework to address the economic, social and territorial cohesion issues faced by European islands. The EESC calls for a greater effort to be undertaken by the EU to recognise the uniqueness of the challenges facing islands.
The EESC is committed to open and fair trade and recognises its value as a driver of growth and jobs.
Therefore, the EESC calls for a level playing field between European and third country exporting producers, and for effective trade defence instruments.
The EESC takes the view that, overall, the Commission's proposal provides a balanced approach between the issue of China's market economy status, on the one hand, and the goal of having an effective dumping calculation method, on the other....
The EESC very much welcomes the Commission’s package of proposals and hopes that it will contribute effectively to complementing the work done after the crisis to reform the financial sector. The Committee welcomes the underlying holistic and integrated approach and believes that the proposed measures will undoubtedly help strengthen Europe’s prudential and resolution framework for banks. The Committee also these proposals will enable progress to be made not only in further advancing the Banking Union, but also in implementing its third pillar, the European Deposit Insurance Scheme and that certain specific adjustments in the proposals should facilitate the pursuit of a Capital Markets Union.
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