Европейски комитет на регионите

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  • Ongoing (updated on 29/02/2024) - Bureau decision date: 13/02/2024
    Референтен номер
    ECO/646-EESC
    Employers - GR I
    Italy
    Plenary session number
    588
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    According to Article 175 of the TFEU the Commission shall submit a report to the European Parliament, the Council, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, every three years, on the progress towards achieving economic, social and territorial cohesion.

    The 9th report which covers the first period (2021-2023) of the programming period 2021-2027 will include a record of progress made towards achieving economic, social and territorial cohesion, including the socio-economic situation of regions as well as the integration of EU priorities. It will also include, where appropriate, an indication of future EU measures and policies necessary to strengthen cohesion, as well as to deliver EU priorities.

  • Ongoing (updated on 29/02/2024) - Bureau decision date: 18/01/2024
    Референтен номер
    ECO/640-EESC
    Workers - GR II
    Italy
    Plenary session number
    590
    -

    The Territorial Agenda (TA) 2030 is an inter-governmental declaration with no direct legal, financial or institutional implementation instrument. The application of the Territorial Agenda 2030 relies on informal multilevel cooperation between Member States, sub-national authorities, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Committee of the Regions, the European Economic and Social Committee, the European Investment Bank and other relevant players.

  • Ongoing (updated on 02/02/2024) - Bureau decision date: 12/12/2023
    Референтен номер
    ECO/639-EESC
    Workers - GR II
    Spain
    Plenary session number
    588
    -

    The European Council of December 2023 discussed the EU enlargement policy, including the stabilisation and association process and next steps in this respect. The enlargement policy will be one of the top priorities for the next coming years. One of the most important aspects of the enlargement process will be the cohesion policy and the structural funds.

    The need for a structural policy to be applied following enlargement is justified both by the external necessity of reducing the gap between the applicant countries and the EU average and by the internal necessity of combating increasing disparities amongst and within accession countries.

  • Ongoing (updated on 27/02/2024)
    Референтен номер
    ECO/637-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Greece
    Plenary session number
    587
    -

    Already in 2018 the European Commission has proposed a Regulation on a mechanism to resolve legal and administrative obstacles in a cross-border context for the programming period 2021-2027. At the time, the EESC has adopted its opinion on 19 September 2018, and the European Parliament adopted its first-reading position on the proposal in February 2019. However, the Council's working party on structural measures decided to cease work on the proposal in May 2021. In October 2022, to break the impasse and take the lead on this issue, the EP's Committee on Regional Development started drawing up a legislative-initiative report, calling on the Commission to present a new legislative proposal. The EP voted the report at its September 2023 plenary session.

  • Adopted on 13/12/2023 - Bureau decision date: 25/01/2023
    Референтен номер
    ECO/612-EESC-2023-2023-00848
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Greece
    Plenary session number
    583
    -

    One of the main conclusions of the 8th Cohesion Report is that although cohesion and convergence among regions in the European Union has improved, there are still remaining gaps especially in less developed regions related with their territorial characteristics. EU islands, mountain areas and sparsely populated areas still face many challenges on their growth and income and disparities exist.

    In these regions, there are still a lot of gaps in terms of employment and investment, social exclusion is evident and gender disparities have not diminished.

    EESC opinion: Main challenges faced by EU islands, and mountainous and sparsely populated areas
  • Adopted on 25/10/2023 - Bureau decision date: 13/06/2023
    Референтен номер
    ECO/626-EESC-2023
    Employers - GR I
    Latvia
    Workers - GR II
    Malta
    Plenary session number
    582
    -

    As committed during the negotiations on the long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the European Commission has on 20 June 2023 completed its proposal for a next generation of own resources. The package includes a new temporary statistical own resource based on company profits. The Commission  also proposes to adjust the own resources proposals based on the Emissions Trading System (ETS) and Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) compared to the original proposals from December 2021.  

    EESC opinion: Next generation of own resources
  • Adopted on 25/10/2023 - Bureau decision date: 23/03/2023
    Референтен номер
    ECO/620-EESC-2023
    Employers - GR I
    Greece
    Workers - GR II
    Spain
    Plenary session number
    582
    -

    Every year in February, the EESC adopts an opinion on Annual Sustainable Growth Survey, which the Commission usually presents at the end of November in the year before. The Committee works under tight deadlines, in anticipation of the referral, to finalise the opinion before the March Council discussion on the topic. To reinforce the Committee's impact throughout the entire European Semester, an own-initiative opinion with additional considerations is regularly produced by October taking into account the overall European Semester, which plays a central role in implementing the Recovery and Resilience Facility and is vital in current discussions about the review of the EU macro-economic governance framework.

    EESC opinion: Additional considerations on the Annual Sustainable Growth Survey 2023
  • Ongoing (updated on 28/02/2024) - Bureau decision date: 21/09/2023
    Референтен номер
    ECO/631-EESC
    Plenary session number
    587
    -

    This opinion focuses on the reform and investment measures in the Member States, in particular those based on the Country-Specific Recommendations 2023, and their implementation, in order to assess the effectiveness of these measures and the possibilities for better targeting of proposals, improved implementation and the monitoring and involvement of organised civil society in the procedures. This opinion also looks at issues concerning the ongoing reform of the EU’s economic governance rules, the central objective of which is to strengthen public debt sustainability while promoting sustainable and inclusive growth in all Member States through reforms and investment. Moreover, the opinion continues the previous consultation exercises by examining the state of the implementation of the reforms and investments provided for in the national Recovery and Resilience Plans and which are financially supported by RRF funds.

  • Adopted on 20/09/2023 - Bureau decision date: 13/06/2023
    Референтен номер
    ECO/625-EESC-2023-03172
    Plenary session number
    581
    -

    The EESC has issued key recommendations for the mid-term revision of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027. The Committee calls for a prompt agreement on the MFF revision still this year, to guarantee continued financial backing of Ukraine and financing the EU´s evolving political priorities. However, the EESC criticizes the proposed changes as being too limited and lacking ambition, resembling mere patches. It advocates for long-term strategies centred on fiscal sustainability, efficient resource allocation, and measures to guard against unexpected events. Civil society should be engaged for effective planning and monitoring of MFF programmes.

    EESC opinion: Mid-term revision of the Multiannual Financial Framework
  • Ongoing (updated on 03/03/2024) - Bureau decision date: 11/07/2023
    Референтен номер
    ECO/630-EESC-2023-2023-04451
    Plenary session number
    586
    -

    At the request of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the EESC is drawing up this opinion to suggest recommendations on how to tackle inequalities, foster upwards social convergence and strengthen social security systems and ensure its long-term affordability, in an EU economic governance framework/European Semester defined around debt sustainability, productive investments and reforms. This opinion is also focusing on the implications of such a framework for the European Semester, and the further strengthening of the social pillar herein. Finally, the opinion also looks at ways of continuing to further develop fiscal instruments that have a stabilising role at the European level, based e.g. on the experience of SURE.

    EESC section opinion: Boosting long-term inclusive growth through reforms and investment