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The 18 July plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels played host to Finland's Minister of Social Affairs and Health, who presented the programme of the Finnish EU presidency. This includes a special focus on sustainability and the wellbeing of citizens. Minister Pekonen also listed enhancing the rule of law and EU values among its other priorities. 

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Corporate taxes could the the most harmful form of taxation to economic growth. Contrary to public perception, there has been no reduction in corporate tax revenues in relation to GDP in the last 40 years. Countries that have reduced their corporate tax rates in recent years have seen increases in investment in the following years. There is no race to the bottom, rather to a middle range of some 20% corporate tax rate and revenues are stable or even increasing.

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The fight against climate change and the promotion of sustainable energy were high on the agenda at the June plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). At the end of the mandate of the current European Commission, Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President responsible for the Energy Union and EESC President, Luca Jahier engaged in a fruitful discussion on the future of Europe and took a firm stand: citizens must continue to be involved and consulted in the decisions on the transition to a carbon-neutral society.

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Ifølge den nye undersøgelse, som er bestilt af Det Europæiske Økonomiske og Sociale Udvalg, skaber grænseoverskridende tjenesteydelser nye job og økonomisk vækst. Sådanne tjenesteydelser er positive for alle EU-lande og for de forskellige typer job – både arbejds- og vidensintensive. Dokumentet viser, at det er til fordel for EU's økonomi at undgå en streng regulering af det indre marked for grænseoverskridende tjenesteydelser. En nedgang i andelen af grænseoverskridende tjenesteydelser med 1 % vil koste EU's økonomi ca. 8 mia. EUR.

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Det Europæiske Økonomiske og Sociale Udvalg (EØSU) har lanceret sin civilsamfundspris 2019. Dette års tema er Flere kvinder i samfundslivet og det økonomiske liv i Europa, og prisen vil belønne innovative initiativer og projekter, der har som formål at kæmpe for lige muligheder for kvinder og mænd og lige behandling af dem i alle aspekter af det økonomiske liv og samfundslivet.

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The 25th anniversary of the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement, in force since 1994, was the main topic of the EEA Consultative Committee meeting that took place on 23 and 24 May. This committee, which represents employers, workers and other civil society players of EEA member states, insisted on the importance of completing the internal market and taking into account its social dimension.

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On 10 May, candidates from the main parties running for the European Parliament (EP) elections took part in a round table debate organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Madrid. They were in favour of initiating a reform of the EU institutions with the aim, amongst other things, of enabling organised civil society to play a greater role in the building of Europe.