Opinions in the spotlight

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Adopted on 19/02/2020
Reference: 
ECO/503-EESC-2019-04990
Plenary session: 
550 -
Feb 19, 2020 Feb 20, 2020

The EESC is concerned to note the euro area's economic downturn and the gradual end to a fall in unemployment, wedded to the persistent higher incidence of risk factors affecting economic performance. It is the European Green Deal that the EESC sees as the backbone of the future EU and euro-area economic configuration – the potential start of a fundamental change and a turning point. If managed successfully, it could move Europe up a gear economically and socially; if not, its failure could fatally jeopardise the integrity of the EU.

EESC opinion: Euro area economic policy 2020

Adopted on 19/02/2020
Reference: 
ECO/502-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
550 -
Feb 19, 2020 Feb 20, 2020

The EESC welcomes the approach taken by the annual growth strategy for 2020, based on the four key pillars that are the environment, productivity, stability and fairness and also welcomes the inclusion of the United Nations' 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. It also welcomes the fact that social rights are highlighted in the 2020 growth strategy and hopes that special attention will be given to the gender issue. Long term investment in education, training and skills development and to boost research and innovation, with increased funds earmarked for them, is absolutely crucial and decisive for the EU competitiveness. The greatest priority of all is to restore sustainable growth, above all in the weakest countries and regions. Finally,  the EESC agrees on the need to strengthen the stability and resilience of the financial system and tighten the rules governing the financial markets.

EESC opinion: Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy 2020

Adopted on 23/01/2020
Reference: 
NAT/765-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
549 -
Jan 22, 2020 Jan 23, 2020

The EESC is currently drafting an opinion that aims to define what "the sustainable economy we need" should look like by exploring new economic models, investment decisions vis-à-vis technological advances as well as novel indicators for growth and competitiveness. 

EESC opinion: The sustainable economy we need (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 11/12/2019
Reference: 
ECO/494-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
548 -
Dec 11, 2019 Dec 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.

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