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Adopted on 12/12/2018
Reference: 
INT/872-EESC-2018-04706-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

This proposal for an amendment of the Council Regulation (EU) 2015/1588 aims to improve the interplay of the future EU funding programmes with State aid rules. It will enable the Commission to make targeted modifications of current State aid rules.

EESC opinion: Application of Articles 107 and 108 TFEU to certain categories of horizontal State aid

Adopted on 09/12/2015
Reference: 
ECO/383-EESC-2015-02961-00-01-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
512 -
Dec 09, 2015 Dec 10, 2015

The EESC expresses its support for the Commission in combating the erosion of Member States' tax bases and unfair tax competition. The Committee in this context endorses the introduction of a CCCTB and is also pleased that the Commission has published a list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions. The EESC goes even further and proposes that EU rules should include sanctions for companies that continue to run their business through tax havens.

EESC opinion: Action Plan on Fairer Corporate Taxation

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Slideshow DG TAXUD – A Fair and Efficient Corporate Taxation

Adopted on 19/10/2016
Reference: 
NAT/680-EESC-2016-01870-00-00-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
520 -
Oct 19, 2016 Oct 20, 2016

Over recent years, there has been a shift in bargaining power in the food supply chain, mostly to the advantage of the retail sector and some transnational companies and to the detriment of suppliers, in particular primary producers. The concentration of bargaining power has led to the abuse of positions of dominance causing weaker operators to become increasingly vulnerable to Unfair Trading Practices (UTPs). The opinion takes stock of the impact of UTPs, stresses the difficult position of the most vulnerable actors along the chain and calls for action at EU level to stop UTPs and promote a fairer food supply chain.

EESC opinion: Promoting a fairer agro-food supply chain

Adopted on 06/07/2017
Reference: 
TEN/605-EESC-2016
Plenary session: 
527 -
Jul 05, 2017 Jul 06, 2017

EESC opinion: Application of State aid rules for compensating the provision of services of general economic interest (Decision 2012/21/UE and Community Framework)

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Reference: 
INT/841-EESC-2018-01917-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The EESC supports the proposals that enhance the international competitiveness of SMEs, reduce cost, harmonise and simplify processes for registration, filing of company changes and conversions. It believes that guidance by the Commission to the Member States on transposition of the directives is useful.

EESC opinion: Package on European company law

Adopted on 12/12/2018
Reference: 
INT/868-EESC-2018-04011-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

The European Union competition policy has been in place for over sixty years. This annual report on competition policy is a non-exhaustive summary of activities undertaken by the Commission in the field of competition policy over the year 2017.

Traditionally, the EESC in its opinion comments on the main achievements and suggests improvements.

EESC opinion: Report on Competition Policy 2017

29/01/2018
Tax justice

The reporting mechanism will contribute to more tax justice and fair competition in the EU

The European Commission must set out more precise hallmarks for the proposed reporting obligations on cross-border tax arrangements and transactions in order to prevent subjective interpretation by taxpayers and tax authorities which could lead to...

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