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20/09/2017
Ongoing
Reference: 
SOC/562-EESC-2017-EESC-2017-01813-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
528 -
Sep 20, 2017 Sep 21, 2017

Many atypical forms of work are now being developed and the associated social risks should be dealt with by means of coordinated efforts by all stakeholders. Automation and robots are having an increasing impact on work. While they have the potential to stabilise the economy in an ageing society, they are also affecting jobs: it is therefore essential that social dialogue on this point takes place at an early stage. In future, lifelong learning and professional training will be a necessity for everyone, but long-term developments can best be tackled through general education.

EESC opinion: Provision and development of skills, including digital skills, in the context of new forms of work: new policies and changing roles and responsibilities

20/09/2017
Adopted
Reference: 
SOC/561-EESC-2017-EESC-2017-01866-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
528 -
Sep 20, 2017 Sep 21, 2017

At this time of far-reaching changes in the world of work, the key objectives and principles of social dialogue and collective bargaining still hold true. Their role is not to oppose changes, but to steer them for reaping the full benefits, whilst ensuring that fundamental workers' rights can still be asserted. There is a need for participative management, for collective rules to be drawn up, for the adaptation of social dialogue and to find innovative responses. Digitalisation and its effects on work is a priority

EESC opinion: The role and opportunities of social partners and other civil society organisations in the context of new forms of work

11/09/2017
Ongoing
Reference: 
INT/822-EESC

The Commission has identified three main strands of further work to move a step closer to a genuine Single Market for financial services:

Increase consumer trust and empower consumers when buying services at home or from other Member States.

Reduce legal and regulatory obstacles affecting businesses when seeking to expand abroad.

Support the development of an innovative digital world which can overcome some of the existing barriers to the Single Market.

11/09/2017
Ongoing
Reference: 
ECO/430-EESC

The Committee calls on the Member States to step up their efforts in combatting aggressive tax planning, along with tax avoidance that could lead to significant losses of revenue for Member States' budgets. The EESC believes that the harmonisation and simplification of tax rules should be a priority for the Member States and that the elimination of tax barriers should go hand in hand with these harmonisation efforts.

Information memo: Tax system for competition/growth

11/09/2017
Ongoing
Reference: 
INT/816-EESC

The EESC believes that equal access to healthcare, one of the main objectives of health policies, can benefit from digital support provided certain conditions are met: equal geographical coverage; bridging the digital divide; interoperability among the various components of the digital architecture (databases, medical devices); and protection of health data which must under no circumstances be used to the detriment of patients.

11/09/2017
Ongoing
Reference: 
ECO/419-EESC

The EESC endorses the aims of the Commission proposals in the area of the CCCTB and recommends the greatest efforts be made to pursue the CCCTB by consensus. The Committee recognizes that the Commission relaunched the CCCTB proposal both with the objective to aid the single market and to combat aggressive tax planning, attributing income where the value is created.

Information memo: Common (Consolidated) Corporate Tax Base

06/07/2017
Adopted
Reference: 
INT/787-EESC-2016-EESC-2016-03121-00-00-AC
Plenary session: 
527 -
Jul 05, 2017 Jul 06, 2017

 

In its Opinion, the EESC draws attention to significant inefficiencies still existing in both the formulation and implementation of SME policies, warns against a bureaucratic approach still prevalent in EU policies and calls for a visible, coordinated and consistent horizontal policy for SMEs, based on a multiannual action plan. The EESC also proposes that the Commission assess whether the current definition of SMEs corresponds to their heterogeneity, sectoral dynamics, specific features and diversity during the last decade.

EESC opinion: Effectiveness of policies for SMEs

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