The European Economic and Social Committee backs up the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative of the European Commission. The initiative is aimed at promoting investment in the healthcare systems of the European Member States and other sectors of their economies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To this end, the EU would mobilise cash reserves, i.e. unspent pre-financing for EU funds, and provide financial support.
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On 25 March 2020, the Enlarged Presidency of the European Economic and Social Committee adopted a generally favourable position on the European Commission's proposal to amend the Council Regulation on the European Union Solidarity Fund in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The proposed regulation aims to provide financial assistance to Member States and countries negotiating their accession to the European Union that are seriously affected by major public health emergencies, such as the current pandemic.
- European Green Deal must lead to more economic prosperity and convergence
- Sustainable growth must be a top priority
- Measures to close the investment gap are essential
[FR bientôt disponible] The European Economic and Social Committee has forcefully reiterated its call for a Multiannual Financial Framework of 1.3% of EU-27 gross national income (GNI) for the period of 2021-2027. The Committee called on the European Parliament to insist on a strong budget in its negotiations with the Council. This call comes at a crucial moment on the way towards an agreement on the next EU long-term budget, with the European Council addressing the issue again on 20 February.
Mr Krister Andersson, rapporteur of the EESC opinion on Taxation in the Digitalised Economy was the keynote speaker at the BDI/Business at OECD/OECD – International Tax Conference on 16 January 2020, in Berlin, Germany.
Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires more than political commitment, says the European Economic and Social Committee. Increased investment, especially by the private sector, is needed to address current economic, social and environmental challenges. The Committee therefore advises the EU and its Member States to adjust their investment and tax policies to enhance growth prospects, and thereby private sector contributions, to accomplishing the SDGs.
EESC debate takes stock and discusses steps to take
The EESC draws forward-looking conclusions from the 2019 Semester and the Committee's civil society consultations in the Member States
Krister Andersson participates as a speaker at the CFE’s (Confédération Fiscale Européenne) 60th anniversary conference on “Tax & The Future”, in Turin, Italy,
- Sustainable development must be better integrated in the semester
- Policies must boost high quality public and private investment
- Implementation of Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) is key