Press Summaries

  • In the opinion, the EESC:

    • calls for a strategy for civil dialogue, resulting in an action plan, and potentially an interinstitutional agreement among EU institutions for improved civil dialogue facilitated by the EESC;

     

    • advocates for making Article 11 TEU effective by strengthening actors in the different EU institutions dealing with civil dialogue and create an annual civil dialogue scoreboard tracing the EU's engagement with civil society, and an accreditation mechanism for CSOs;

     

    • reiterates that the EESC should be at the centre of civil society consultation and civil dialogue in general and calls for a stronger role for the Committee in participatory democracy, including being a potential hub for citizen panels.
  • In the opinion, the EESC's ECO section

    • recommends that the European Central Bank closely monitoring of economic risks, with careful contingency planning to ensure credible inflation outlooks, and advises the ECB to be prepared to adjust policies if inflation deviates from targets;
    • calls for concrete engagement with national parliaments, regional authorities, civil society, and social partners to reform the EU's macroeconomic governance, and emphasises the importance of taking ownership of these reforms at national level through effective dialogue;
    • and urges a balanced approach to phasing out crisis support, which continues to assist vulnerable groups impacted by high energy costs and inflation, and calls for a permanent framework of means-tested support in some countries, and emphasises the need for a detailed discussion on social impacts;

  • In the opinion, the EESC's ECO section

    • proposes that the preferred option for taxation of employee income is in the employer's country of residence. This approach aims to simplify taxation for employees and potentially be attractive for employers;
    • emphasises that teleworkers should not suffer any discriminatory tax treatment compared to cross-border workers who perform their work in the country of the employer. This recommendation aims to ensure fairness in taxation across different work arrangements;
    • suggests the implementation of a revenue sharing mechanism. This mechanism would likely require cooperation and agreements between countries to distribute tax revenues appropriately;

  • In the opinion, the EESC's REX section

    • stresses that investment in innovation, skills development and industrial capacities are indispensable means of both strengthening productivity and competitiveness and decreasing critical dependencies;
    • calls for making full use of trade and investment agreements, as well as starting new negotiations with new potential partners in order to diversify supply chains and expand product markets;
    • calls for the involvement of EU businesses and other relevant civil society organisations in the implementation of the economic security strategy, highlighting the importance of synergies between Member States;
    • highlights that energy and raw material security is crucial for all industries and thus key to the EU’s overall economic security
  • The EESC:

    • welcomes the SME relief package as an attempt to put SMEs at the core of European legislation and at the heart of European strategies, discussions, and actions in support of competitiveness. The next Commission should make this a priority and give it continuity.
    • believes that the Commission must ensure that the EU SME Envoy has an entrepreneurial background and a well-defined set of competencies and responsibilities in the upcoming 2024-2029 mandate, and that the position is accompanied by adequate resources in terms of staff and financial support.
  • The EESC:

    • supports the development of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as an alternative to court proceedings when consumers seek redress for the damage traders may cause them, alongside accessible judicial proceedings and enforcement of consumer rights by national authorities;
    • underlines the importance of encouraging Member States and industries to set up such schemes and of encouraging traders, including SMEs, to join them voluntarily and calls on the Commission to review the progress of ADR schemes three years after the implementation of the proposed Directive;
  • The EESC:

    • believes that the EU must adopt a competitiveness agenda which, in line with the principles of the single market and the social market economy, is forward-looking, well-defined and coordinated, and promotes the prosperity of businesses, quality jobs, raising living standards for EU citizens, and inclusiveness, while improving the ability of the EU system to innovate, invest and trade and compete in the global marketplace for the common good and drive our transition to climate neutrality;
    • believes that to revitalise the EU's competitiveness it is necessary to activate an integrated European industrial strategy, which, by promoting an integrated European industrial system, has as its key players: the company and its workers;
  • The EESC:

    • affirms the need for intermodality in all freight transport, while always bearing in mind the obligation to coordinate and optimise each mode of transport at European level;
    • is convinced that establishing an intermodal transport system requires the public to be informed of the advantageous prospects it offers: an intermodal transport system is designed to serve the public, it must influence decisions on transport projects and policies;
    • stresses that the success of this policy calls for full compliance with social rules as well as a specific and systematic training policy for company staff and managers;
    • calls for the application of this new measure to respect the rest and break periods of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers. Economic profitability must not adversely affect road safety or the working conditions of drivers in the EU.
  • Reference number
    INT/1046

    The EESC:

    • welcomes the Commission's proposal to introduce a legal form of an ECBA in Member States' national legal systems;
    • proposes that all organisations that meet ECBA criteria and have their registered office in the European Union be able to acquire ECBA status, including organisations with executive body members that reside in non-EU countries;
    • recommends that the Commission and the Member States remove the legal and administrative obstacles that non-profit associations and entities face in accessing the internal market.
  • Reference number
    INT/1045

    The EESC recommends that the current and next European Commissions should introduce a European Innovation Stress Test to screen each new piece of legislation and policy initiative. The proposed test should include ten questions:

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