Competition policies

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  • Adopted on 18/05/2022 - Bureau decision date: 20/01/2022
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III

    Health and social services such as care, helping disadvantaged individuals and those with disabilities to break back into the labour market, childcare and social housing are fundamental when it comes to guaranteeing social cohesion in the ongoing period of post-pandemic recovery, humanitarian crisis and international tensions. European rules on state aid for these services are therefore fundamental.

    EESC opinion: State Aid Rules Applicable to Health and Social Services SGEI in a Post Pandemic Scenario. Thoughts and Proposals on the Commission Evaluation to Amend the 2012 Legislative Package
  • Adopted on 18/09/2020 - Bureau decision date: 09/06/2020
    EESC opinion: COVID-19: Amendments to the CPR, ERDF and Cohesion Fund
  • Adopted on 18/09/2020 - Bureau decision date: 20/02/2020
    Workers - GR II

    The EESC proposes launching a European pact to effectively combat tax fraud, evasion and avoidance and money laundering. The Committee calls on the European Commission to promote a political initiative involving national governments and the other European institutions in achieving this goal, fostering the consensus needed for this and involving civil society. Cooperation between Member States should be the main pillar of the pact. The Committee urges the European institutions and the Member States to provide the financial and human resources required for the effective implementation of existing European legislation and to agree on a commitment to adopt all necessary new legislative and administrative measures to effectively combat tax offences and bad practices, money laundering and the activities of tax havens. This requires permanent evaluation of the outcome of implementing each measure.

    EESC opinion: Combat tax fraud, tax avoidance and money laundering
    Slideshow used by DG FISMA at the study group meeting ECO/510 on 8 June 2020
  • Adopted on 16/09/2020 - Bureau decision date: 18/02/2020
    Employers - GR I
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III

    Europe is embarking on a transition towards climate neutrality and digital leadership. European businesses can lead the way as we enter this new age, as they has done in the past.

    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are essential to Europe’s competitiveness and prosperity. Based on the new SME Strategy, the EU will support SMEs by:

    • encouraging innovation through new funding and digital innovation hubs as part of the sustainable and digital transitions;
    • cutting red tape by reducing barriers within the Single Market and opening up access to finance;
    • allowing better access to finance by setting up an SME Initial Public Offering Fund (with investments channelled through a new private-public fund) and the ESCALAR initiative (a mechanism to boost the size of venture capital funds and attract more private investment).
    EESC opinion: SME strategy
    • Position paper "Strengthening SMEs: Way Forward to a Dedicated SME Strategy"
  • Adopted on 15/07/2020 - Bureau decision date: 09/06/2020

    The EESC strongly supports the Commission's proposal – Next Generation EU – as a specific tool for a quick and effective recovery.

    The EESC takes a very positive view of the Commission's two main decisions:

    1. to introduce an extraordinary financial recovery instrument as part of the multiannual financial framework
    2. to raise common debt, which will be repaid over a long period of time, and prevent the extraordinary financial burden from falling directly on the Member States in the short run.

    The EESC strongly welcomes the fact that the newly proposed instrument should be closely coordinated with the European Semester process, and furthermore welcomes the Commission's proposal to introduce additional genuine own resources based on different taxes (revenues from the EU Emissions Trading System, digital taxation, large companies' revenues).

    EESC opinion: Recovery plan for Europe and the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027
  • Adopted on 25/09/2019 - Bureau decision date: 19/03/2019
    EESC opinion: Social dimension of aviation (report)
  • Adopted on 17/07/2019 - Bureau decision date: 24/01/2019
    Workers - GR II

    The absence of economic and social convergence among Member States and regions is a threat to the political sustainability of the European project and all the benefits it has brought to European citizens. Developing economic and labour market resilience with economic, social, environmental and institutional sustainability should be the principle guiding policies. This will foster upwards convergence and fairness in the transition towards a climate-neutral economy while managing the challenges posed by digitalisation and demographic change.

    EESC opinion: Towards a more resilient and sustainable European economy (own initiative opinion)
    Civil Society Days 2019 - Workshop 6 Economy and democracy labour market resilient and sustainable pathway
  • Adopted on 12/12/2018 - Bureau decision date: 18/09/2018

    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 12/12/2018 - Bureau decision date: 10/07/2018
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III

    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
  • Adopted on 17/10/2018 - Bureau decision date: 05/12/2017
    Employers - GR I

    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