The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) backs a number of Commission proposals to speed up European recovery, underlining that the involvement of civil society organisations is essential.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) underlines the fact that taxes on carbon dioxide emissions will not be enough to reduce CO2 sufficiently and says that there is a need to adopt a symmetrical approach to taxation that promotes the removal of CO2 from the atmosphere.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) lends its support to the European Commission's proposal to make 2021 the year of travelling by train.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) points out that the COVID-19 crisis is an opportunity to change the way we do business, without moving away from the long-term objectives of a green, sustainable and social Europe.
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
In a letter sent today to European Commission President von der Leyen, EESC President Luca Jahier has called for the prompt appointment of the Chief Trade Enforcement Officer.
On July 8, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) called for steps to speed up clinical trials that include genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Some vaccines under development are based on genetically modified viruses. Current EU legislation does not take into account the possibility of speeding up clinical trials in a public health emergency. The EESC therefore welcomes a temporary adjustment of EU rules.
EESC is ready to join forces with German presidency to help find a way out of the crisis and make Europe stronger.
On 1 July, Germany picks up the baton from Croatia at the helm of the Council of the EU in what will probably be its most challenging presidency so far, with Europe facing the biggest economic, social and health crisis in its modern history.
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.