22 Feb 2012 Annual growth survey 2012AdoptedReferences: CESE 497/2012
COM (2011) 815General 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.
13 Jul 2011 EESC opinion: An agenda for new skills and jobsAdoptedReferences: CESE 1172/2011 - SOC/404
COM(2010) 682 finalRapporteur: Drbalová (Employers - GR I / Czech Republic)Co-rapporteur: Zufiaur Narvaiza (Workers - GR II / Spain)
Plenary Session: 473
- 13 Jul 2011 - 14 Jul 2011
(Summary Plenary Session)
OJ C 318, 29.10.2011, p. 142–149The "Agenda for new skills and jobs" is one of the seven flagship initiatives under the Europe 2020 Strategy. It proposes actions within four key priorities in order to reach an employment rate of 75% by 2020. In its opinion the EESC broadly welcomes the European Commission initiative but puts forward a number of comments and recommendations. For instance, the Committee finds that the proposed initiative fails to encapsulate the urgent need to create good-quality jobs. It does not constitute a sufficient stimulus to Member States to set more ambitious national goals backed by the necessary investment and structural reforms.