Opinions in the spotlight

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in Erarbeitung (updated on 05/12/2019)
Referenz: 
ECO/494-EESC-2019
Plenartagung: 
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Dez 11, 2019 Dez 12, 2019

Taxation policies are fundamental for the SDGs as they determine the economic environment in which investment, employment, and innovation take place while providing the government with revenues for financing public spending. Businesses are global drivers of productivity, inclusive economic growth, job creation, investment and innovation. Private sector expertise holds the keys to unlocking many of the challenges linked to sustainable development. Tax bases should be as broad as possible allowing tax rates to be as non-distortive as possible.

Stellungnahme der Fachgruppe: Taxation/private investment and the Sustainable Development Goals - cooperation with the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters (own-initiative opinion)

in Erarbeitung (updated on 04/12/2019)
Referenz: 
INT/883-EESC-2019-01356-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenartagung: 
548 -
Dez 11, 2019 Dez 12, 2019

This own-initiative opinion refers to what a comprehensive approach to industrial policy should include, in order to reposition European production of goods and services in the global context, on the basis of an eco-social open market model that responds to the tradition and the future of the EU.

Stellungnahme der Fachgruppe: "Use-value" is back: new prospects and challenges for European products and services (own-initiative opinion)

in Erarbeitung (updated on 05/12/2019)
Referenz: 
NAT/771-EESC-2019
Plenartagung: 
548 -
Dez 11, 2019 Dez 12, 2019

Stellungnahme der Fachgruppe: Populism and fundamental rights - suburban and rural areas (own-initiative opinion)

in Erarbeitung (updated on 07/12/2019)
Referenz: 
REX/516-EESC-2019
Plenartagung: 
548 -
Dez 11, 2019 Dez 12, 2019

When it comes to development and EU-Africa relations, the EESC consistently emphasised the importance of sustainable development and cooperation based on the rule of law and the respect for human rights. Initiatives focused on trade, investment and business relations with Africa could be welcomed, but not to the detriment of traditional development policies focusing on reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). EU and Africa leaders agreed in 2015 at the Valletta summit on migration on setting up the EU Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), as the main instrument of EU external migration policy. The Fund finances the development of border protection capacities, but also long-term development policy projects so as to decrease the likelihood of further migration.

Stellungnahme der Fachgruppe: External aid, investment and trade as instruments to reduce economic migration, with a special focus on Africa (own-initiative opinion)

in Erarbeitung (updated on 06/12/2019)
Referenz: 
REX/518-EESC-2019
Plenartagung: 
548 -
Dez 11, 2019 Dez 12, 2019

A system of corporate liability for human rights abuses is currently being negotiated in the UN, within the UNHRC’s open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises concerning human rights (OEIGWG), established by the UN General Assembly on 26 June 2014. The mandate of the working group is to elaborate an international legally binding instrument to regulate, in international human rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises.

Stellungnahme der Fachgruppe: Binding UN agreement on business and human rights (own-initiative opinion)

in Erarbeitung (updated on 09/12/2019)
Referenz: 
SOC/616-EESC-2019
Plenartagung: 
548 -
Dez 11, 2019 Dez 12, 2019

Stellungnahme der Fachgruppe: Shaping the EU agenda for disability rights 2020-2030: a contribution from the European Economic and Social Committee (own-initiative opinion)

in Erarbeitung (updated on 05/12/2019)
Referenz: 
SOC/583-EESC-2018
Plenartagung: 
548 -
Dez 11, 2019 Dez 12, 2019

Against a background of rising poverty levels during the crisis, levels that remain high in many Member States, in particular among the unemployed, this own-initiative opinion would address the huge differences in levels of protection under national unemployment insurance systems within the EU.
Possible standards in this respect could be:

  • a minimum standard for the net replacement rate of unemployment benefits;
  • a minimum standard of coverage ratio of unemployed people receiving unemployment payments;
  • a minimum standard for the duration of unemployment benefit entitlement;
  • a right to (re)qualification and training

With the objective of promoting upward social convergence within the EU, the proposal for such standards is a concrete step towards effective implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights recently announced by the EU institutions in Gothenburg.

Stellungnahme der Fachgruppe: Common minimum standards in the field of unemployment insurance in EU Member States – a concrete step towards the effective implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights (own-initiative opinion)