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The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) urges EU Member States to intensify their coordination on tax matters at European and international level with a view to the digital and collaborative economy. A closer coordination of tax policies applicable to the new economic sector and devising instruments and working solutions could improve tax compliance, assure fair competition and tap the full potential of this new economic sector.


Highlights of the European Economic and Social Committee's July plenary session 15-16 July 2020                                                                                             

  • 15 July, 3:00 pm Priorities of the German Presidency of the EU with Peter Altmaier, German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy

Am 8. Juli forderte der Europäische Wirtschafts- und Sozialausschuss (EWSA) Maßnahmen für eine raschere Durchführung klinischer Prüfungen unter Verwendung genetisch veränderter Organismen (GVO). Einige der in der Entwicklung begriffenen Impfstofftypen sind genbasiert. Die geltenden EU-Rechtsvorschriften über GVO sehen beschleunigte klinische Prüfungen in einer Gesundheitskrisensituation nicht vor. Der EWSA begrüßt daher eine vorübergehende Anpassung des EU‑Rechtsrahmens.


EWSA ist bereit, gemeinsam mit dem deutschen Ratsvorsitz einen Weg aus der Krise zu finden und Europa wieder stark zu machen

Am 1. Juli übergibt Kroatien den Staffelstab des EU-Ratsvorsitzes turnusmäßig an Deutschland, dem wohl seine bislang schwierigste Präsidentschaft bevorsteht, denn Europa durchlebt gerade seine größte Wirtschafts-, Gesellschafts- und Gesundheitskrise seiner jüngeren Geschichte.



Contrary to the highly pessimistic predictions of disaster, the African continent is far from being the most affected by coronavirus, accounting for only 1.76% of deaths worldwide. This example of resilience was discussed in a webinar held by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), during which the speakers highlighted the opportunities for closer cooperation between Africa and the EU once the crisis has passed.


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At its June plenary session, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an information report on the revision of the Machinery Directive. EESC members and the study group for the opinion welcomed the Commission's current efforts to improve the performance of Directive 2006/42/EC, which is a very important and successful instrument for European industry, while noting that radical changes to the directive would have a deeply negative impact and must be avoided.


The COVID-19 pandemic is demonstrating the geostrategic nature of the agri-food sector and the need to maintain food self-sufficiency in the EU. The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) therefore welcomes the new measure proposed by the European Commission to support farms and agri-food SMEs experiencing liquidity problems and to ensure their economic survival during this crisis. However, the EESC thinks that the European Commission should set up a special fund outside of the common agricultural policy budget to implement it.


As Europe slowly emerges from the coronavirus crisis, the climate emergency is starting to regain the place it deserves, coming back to the top of the EU agenda.

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), which brings together civil society organisations from all Member States, developed this Opinion in response to a request by the Republic of Croatia's Presidency of the Council of the EU. The protection of the environment and the fight against climate change are the presidency's key issues.