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verabschiedet on 18/10/2017
Referenz: 
REX/487-EESC-2017
Plenartagung: 
529 -
Oct 18, 2017 Oct 19, 2017

The EESC is a strong advocate of a fair, well-administered and sustainable development policy at EU level. It is also very committed to the cause of greater tax justice. In recent years, questions have been raised as to whether the international tax policies of the Member States, in particular the concluding of certain types of double taxation agreements, are consistent with EU development policy objectives.

EESC opinion: EU development partnerships and the challenge posed by international tax agreements

verabschiedet on 18/02/2016
Referenz: 
SOC/530-EESC-2015-06663-00-03-ac
Plenartagung: 
514 -
Feb 17, 2016 Feb 18, 2016

The EESC supports the intention of the Dutch Presidency of the Council to address poverty through integrated approaches and through cooperation between public and private stakeholders. However, to do so, Member States must be supported by a common European framework and best-practice actors by national anti-poverty strategies. The EU Council should reiterate the commitment made to meet Europe's poverty target by 2020.

verabschiedet on 25/05/2016
Referenz: 
SOC/533-EESC-2016-00137-00-00-ac-tra
Plenartagung: 
517 -
May 25, 2016 May 26, 2016

The nature of work and employment relationships is developing rapidly. The impact on the labour market and standards, economy, tax and social security systems and the living wage need to be assessed and grey areas in rights and protections addressed. The challenge is to encourage innovation and deliver positive outcomes for a sustainable and competitive social market economy. The EESC considers it a priority to develop social welfare models adapted to cover more flexible forms of employment. This should be given consideration in the development of the EU Pillar of Social Rights.

EESC opinion: The changing nature of employment relationships and its impact on maintaining a living wage

verabschiedet on 16/10/2013
Referenz: 
SOC/494-EESC-2013-6069
Plenartagung: 
493 -
Oct 16, 2013 Oct 17, 2013

The Committee welcomes the increased attention brought to social investment, a greater targeting of European funds to sound employment and social policies, a dedicated youth employment initiative and youth guarantee scheme, and better cross-border mobility. It also welcomes the foreseen strengthened social dialogue as part of the European Semester process. It particularly supports the idea to step up closer surveillance of employment and social imbalances within the EMU through a systematic monitoring of rates of unemployment, of young people not in employment or training or education, of household income, poverty and inequality. The proposed scoreboard should pro-actively detect asymmetric developments and spill-over into overall economic performance and trigger a timely and effective adjustment mechanism and policy response.

EESC opinion: The social dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union

verabschiedet on 22/02/2017
Referenz: 
SOC/537-EESC-2016-00747-00-01-ac-tra
Plenartagung: 
523 -
Feb 22, 2017 Feb 23, 2017

The EESC advocates the creation of an integrated European fund to combat poverty and social exclusion, based on the experiences of the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) and the European Social Fund (ESF). The current use of the ESF and the FEAD in the Member States should be monitored more effectively and the process should involve civil society organisations. Member States should make greater use of global grants and regranting, and treat in-kind contributions on an equal footing with financial contributions. A greater share of the resources allocated to operational programmes should be earmarked for projects with smaller budgets. The EESC is ready to develop – in cooperation with CSOs – a consultation platform to ensure better coordination of ESF and FEAD interventions and to enable discussion on the basic principles of a future integrated EU fund.

EESC opinion: Funding effectiveness / fighting poverty and social exclusion

24/02/2019

Statement of the President of the Employers' Group

On 20 February 2019 the EESC adopted an opinion calling for an EU framework directive on minimum income. The Employers' Group fully shares the view of the EESC that fighting against poverty is a necessity. However, for us the instrument proposed in the opinion is not the correct one. For this reason, the Group tabled a counter-opinion, presenting its views on measures needed to reduce poverty. The counter opinion was supported by almost 40% of the EESC Members.

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