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Opinion and summary note - Tax avoidance Grassroots mobilisation and the recent media coverage of certain scandals in France and worldwide (such as Luxleaks, Panama papers, Bahama leaks and Football leaks to mention but a few) have brought to light the sheer scope of tax avoidance mechanisms and their impact on the funding of public services. The European Commission puts the loss of tax revenue every year at more than €1,000 billion. In France, these estimations are in the range of €60 to 80 billion.
Opinion and summary note – Building a Europe around a common pillar of social rights In March 2016, the European Commission presented a preliminary outline of what is to become the European Pillar of Social Rights, and launched a broad consultation.
The European Economic and Social Committee and the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council were both consulted on the issue – the former by Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, and the latter by the French government.
Press Release: EURO-MEDITTERRANEAN SUMMIT 2016 - Major challenges for the Euro-Mediterranean region - 24-25 October 2016, Hotel “Mare Nostrum”, Vravrona, Greece The European Economic and Social Committee, in cooperation with the Economic and Social Council of Greece, is organising its yearly Euro-Mediterranean Summit of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions on 24 and 25 October in Vravrona, Greece.
The Summit aims to promote greater understanding of the main issues affecting organised civil society in the Euromed region and to discuss the common challenges they face in order to propose concrete solutions.
Europe 2020 Steering Committee's 25th meeting The Europe 2020 Steering Committee's 25th meeting is to be held at the EESC building, Brussels, on 01 June 2016, from 2.30 p.m. until 6 p.m., in room JDE-51.
Human flows and the world we share: can Europe tackle the Refugee and Migrant Issue? (OKE) OKE-EESC-EC International Conference in Athens on 20 April 2016
On Wednesday 20 April 2016 the Economic and Social Council of Greece (OKE), the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Representation of the European Commission in Greece jointly organised an international conference dedicated to the theme "Human flows and the world we share: can Europe tackle the refugee?". The symposium was held in the Old Parliament House in Athens.
Report on economic governance in the EU The Spanish ESC analyses the economic situation in the EU, and problems of institutional confidence
• The EU should take a less restrictive approach in fiscal policy, albeit without questioning the need for fiscal consolidation, so as to substantially boost public investment. The Council also considers that greater flexibility should be allowed in complying with the consolidation roadmap.
• The European Fund for Strategic Investments, fleshing out the Juncker revival plan, appears unsuitable for giving fiscal impetus to the regions where the crisis is most severe and which have less budgetary margin for backing investment projects.
• The Council believes it would be reasonable to strengthen the EU budget and to establish mechanisms for mutualising public debt, but no progress has been made in this field.
• Regarding national competitiveness boards, which are to have a mandate to assess whether wages are evolving in line with productivity, the Council expresses concern that this power may clash with the model on which wages are determined in the Spanish institutional framework.
• The Council sees a need for greater coordination and convergence in the field of economic and social policy in order to reduce the great disparities in competitiveness and social cohesion.
• The EU’s new economic governance has had the effect of reducing the role of trade unions and employers’ organisations at European level in the decision-making process.
• Community governance has proved deficient in taking decisions in a joint and operative way in response to the challenges arising. The EU faces three crises: Community governance, asylum and refuge, questioning Europe’s traditional values and culture of hospitality and even the principle of free movement, and a neighbourhood crisis, demonstrating the weakness of European foreign policy. Europe continues to work on an intergovernmental logic that has generated a loss of legitimacy in EU institutions, resulting in disaffection in the general public.
• An EU political and institutional political architecture is needed to ensure that the transfer of national sovereignty to the Union is accompanied by greater democratic legitimacy and accountability of EU institutions.
- 20/04/2016 Conclusions of the co-presidents at the meeting of the presidents and secretaries-general of the national ESCs of the EU Annual Meeting of the Presidents and Secretaries-General of the national ESCs of the EU and the EESC - - 6-7/10/2016 - Madrid
Key extracts of the opinion of the economic, social and environmental council - Posted Workers The rules governing the posting of workers in the European Union enable a service provider, group or temporary employment agency established within one Member State to employ workers in another Member State whilst exonerating themselves from certain aspects of the employment law and social insurance schemes in place in the latter.
The EESC President Georges Dassis visited Bulgarian ESC The EESC President Georges Dassis visited Bulgaria at the end of January 2016. This was his first official visit at the invitation of a national Economic and Social Council after his election as President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) last year.
During his visit Mr Dassis met with the President of the National Assembly of Bulgaria, Tsetska Tsacheva, the Deputy Prime Minister For Demographic and Social Policies and Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Ivaylo Kalfin, representatives of the Bulgarian National Bank management, and representatives of academia in the University of National and World Economy. The topics discussed during the meetings were wide-ranging - from youth issues, education, migration attitudes among young Bulgarians, to the achievement of financial stability for the country.