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Приети on 17/10/2018
Референтен номер: 
ECO/474-EESC-2018-3065

The EESC welcomes the fact that the package of regulations on the future multiannual financial framework includes the InvestEU proposal to strengthen investment activity in the EU, including long-term investment projects that are of high public interest, while also respecting the sustainable development criteria. In order to guarantee that this programme operates successfully, the Committee underlines the importance of the involvement of civil society organisations and social and economic partners. The EESC appreciates the European Commission's efforts to create an umbrella financial instrument by the InvestEU programme that will result in unified management, enhanced transparency and potential for synergies. The EESC appreciates the fact that, in addition to promoting sustainable infrastructure, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and research and innovation, the InvestEU programme also focuses on social investment and skills.

 

 

Становище на ЕИСК: InvestEU

Приети on 17/03/2016
Референтен номер: 
ECO/394-EESC-2015-06709-00-00-ac-tra
Пленарна сесия: 
515 -
Mar 16, 2016 Mar 17, 2016

The Commission communication on Steps towards completing EMU can provide a great opportunity to launch a debate at political level and with civil society to draw up conclusive proposals which go further than the current ones. It would be more useful to draw up a proposal for the European Semester as part of a comprehensive agreement on economic governance that goes beyond the status quo, changing macroconditionality and strengthening the Interparliamentary Conference. Democratic legitimacy is not tackled seriously by any of the Commission's operational proposals. The tripartite social dialogue could contribute to this matter. On the basis of its own roadmap, the EESC is committed to putting forward, possibly with the Commission, a plan on stage two (Completing EMU 2017-2025) to discuss these issues in the Member States, beginning with the euro area countries.

Становище на ЕИСК: Steps towards Completing EMU

Приети on 06/07/2017
Референтен номер: 
INT/787-EESC-2016-EESC-2016-03121-00-00-AC
Пленарна сесия: 
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.

Становище на ЕИСК: Effectiveness of policies for SMEs

Приети on 16/03/2016
Референтен номер: 
TEN/586-EESC-2016
Пленарна сесия: 
515 -
Mar 16, 2016 Mar 17, 2016

The EESC welcomes the Commission's proposal to amend Regulation (EC) No 1406/2002 establishing a European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), as it fits in with general efforts to monitor the EU's external maritime borders much more effectively than in the past. However, it would once again stress that time is of the essence in implementing the proposed measures.

The Committee welcomes the proposal to expand the activities of EMSA; however, it has serious doubts as to whether EMSA has the human and financial resources to perform these additional activities properly.

Становище на ЕИСК: European Maritime Safety Agency

Приети on 14/12/2016
Референтен номер: 
TEN/597-EESC-2016
Пленарна сесия: 
521 -
Dec 14, 2016 Dec 15, 2016

The EESC is in favour of the Commission's proposal which introduces a new approach to safety rules, based on risk assessment and performance.The EESC also supports the proposal to give EASA greater responsibility for security, in cooperation and in agreement with the Member States.The successful implementation of these changes in working methods and culture require adequate resources and a transparent and inclusive approach.

Становище на ЕИСК: Aviation Package II

Приети on 22/02/2017
Референтен номер: 
SOC/555-EESC-2016-05262-00-00-ac-tra
Пленарна сесия: 
523 -
Feb 22, 2017 Feb 23, 2017

The EESC is pleased that the Maltese Presidency has chosen "High quality education for all" as an priority theme. However, the EESC fears that the value of this initiative could be lost when austerity measures still apply to many of our societies, hindering them to fully benefit from high quality education. Europe should not forget the essential role played by high quality education for all in building up a European society committed to upholding fundamental rights and values.

Становище на ЕИСК: High quality education for all

Приети on 22/02/2017
Референтен номер: 
ECO/420-EESC-2016-06092-00-00-ac-tra
Пленарна сесия: 
523 -
Feb 22, 2017 Feb 23, 2017

The EESC welcomes the Commission proposal for a Council Directive to improve double taxation dispute resolution mechanisms in the EU. Double taxation is one of the biggest tax obstacles to the Single Market. There is an urgent need for mechanisms ensuring that cases of double taxation are resolved more quickly and more decisively when they arise between Member States. Therefore it is urgent to implement this proposal.

Становище на ЕИСК: Improving double taxation dispute resolution mechanisms

Downloads: 

Faster EU solution for double taxation disputes (Europa Portalen - 28.2.2017)

Comment of the rapporteur Andersson

Double taxation dispute proposal is a top priotrity (Financial Times - 6.4.2017)

Приети on 31/05/2017
Референтен номер: 
ECO/428-EESC-2017-00072-00-00-ac-tra
Пленарна сесия: 
526 -
May 31, 2017 Jun 01, 2017

The EESC supports the measures that the European Union has put in place to tackle all forms of tax fraud and takes the view that the reverse charge mechanism for collecting value added tax (VAT) may be a useful tool in countering carousel fraud and VAT evasion. However, the use of the reverse charge mechanism, which is a derogation from the established principles on VAT, must not be allowed to harm the internal market and it must be temporary and properly assessed by the Commission.

The Committee furthermore recommends focusing particular attention on the proportionality principle, as the cost of compliance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) related to introducing a reverse charge mechanism could be considerable.

Становище на ЕИСК: VAT - derogation - reverse charge

Приети on 19/10/2017
Референтен номер: 
SOC/564-EESC-2017-02692-00-00-AC-TRA
Пленарна сесия: 
529 -
Oct 18, 2017 Oct 19, 2017

Delivering on balanced economic growth and social progress should be the guiding principle for the debate on the social dimension of Europe. A clear road map for the implementation of European Pillar of Social Rights is advisable with clear assignment of tasks coupled with accountability. The social dimension debate is connected to the debate on deepening the EMU. Social policy has to be embedded in a different EU economic policy. A strong EU can shape globalisation and digitalisation to the benefit of all.

Становище на ЕИСК: Impact of the social dimension & the European Pillar of Social Rights on the Future of EU

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