Competitiveness

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  • Ongoing (updated on 22/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 21/03/2024
    Reference
    ECO/649-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Romania
    Plenary session number
    591
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  • Ongoing (updated on 22/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 21/03/2024
    Reference
    ECO/648-EESC
    Workers - GR II
    Romania
    Plenary session number
    591
    -
  • Ongoing (updated on 10/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 15/02/2024
    Reference
    INT/1064-EESC
    Employers - GR I
    Bulgaria
    Plenary session number
    592
    -

    The aim of the opinion is to draw attention to the impact of the non-Schengen status of Bulgaria and Romania and neighbouring EU-countries on the Single Market, to assess the impact of non-Schengen membership on the competitiveness of these countries and the potential costs/benefits of Schengen for them, and to propose recommendations for policy-makers on how to address the negative effects of non-Schengen on the Single Market.

  • Ongoing (updated on 11/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 13/02/2024
    Reference
    ECO/646-EESC-2024-00987
    Employers - GR I
    Italy
    Plenary session number
    588
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    According to Article 175 of the TFEU the Commission shall submit a report to the European Parliament, the Council, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, every three years, on the progress towards achieving economic, social and territorial cohesion.

    The 9th report which covers the first period (2021-2023) of the programming period 2021-2027 will include a record of progress made towards achieving economic, social and territorial cohesion, including the socio-economic situation of regions as well as the integration of EU priorities. It will also include, where appropriate, an indication of future EU measures and policies necessary to strengthen cohesion, as well as to deliver EU priorities.

  • Adopted on 14/02/2024 - Bureau decision date: 24/10/2023
    Reference
    ECO/634-EESC-2023
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Romania
    Plenary session number
    585
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    Every year in February, the EESC adopts an opinion on Annual Sustainable Growth Survey, which the Commission usually presents at the end of November in the year before. This communication outlines the economic and employment policy priorities for the EU for the following 12 months, with a view to mitigating the negative impacts of the energy shocks in the short term and to foster sustainable growth and increase the EU’s resilience in the medium term. The structured approach, like in previous years, centres around the four dimensions of competitive sustainability and in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The ASGS also continues to guide Member States in the implementation of the national Recovery and Resilience Plans (RRPs). The EESC's opinion on the ASGS 2024 is due to be adopted at the plenary session of 24-25 February 2024.

    EESC opinion: Annual Sustainable Growth Survey 2024
  • Ongoing (updated on 19/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 18/01/2024
    Reference
    ECO/641-EESC-2024-00699
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Italy
    Plenary session number
    589
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    On 13 June 2023 the EC proposed a Council Recommendation on developing social economy framework conditions and noted that taxation policies can have "a significant role in fostering the social economy and ensuring that social economy entities can afford to operate alongside mainstream businesses, creating a more equitable business environment while contributing to social inclusion and improved access to employment". Given the wide and general approach of EC proposal – including inter alia references to the role of State aid, public procurement, and European funds – the above-mentioned taxation aspects need to be analysed and considered by the EESC.

  • Ongoing (updated on 27/02/2024) - Bureau decision date: 18/01/2024
    Reference
    ECO/645-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Slovakia
    Plenary session number
    591
    -
  • Adopted on 17/01/2024 - Bureau decision date: 24/10/2023
    Reference
    ECO/633-EESC-2023-04821
    Employers - GR I
    Greece
    Plenary session number
    584
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    EESC opinion: Euro area economic policy 2024
  • Adopted on 17/01/2024 - Bureau decision date: 11/07/2023
    Reference
    INT/1045-EESC-2023-03692-00-01-AC-TRA
    Employers - GR I
    Belgium
    Plenary session number
    584
    -

    While European policies often aim to foster innovation, they sometimes inadvertently create obstacles for research and development (R&D) initiatives.

    EESC opinion: Introducing a European Innovation Stress Test
  • Adopted on 17/01/2024 - Bureau decision date: 11/07/2023
    Reference
    INT/1043-EESC-2023-03693-00-00-AC-TRA
    Employers - GR I
    Germany
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Belgium
    Plenary session number
    584
    -

    The Belgian presidency of the Council of the European Union asked the EESC to provide their insights on the rethinking of the internal market in light of the acceleration of the Union’s twin transitions towards a green and digital economy and on crafting a European Industrial Strategy that positions industries as the backbone of Europe's economy.

    EESC opinion: Developing a new European strategy for the Internal Market: helping our businesses to meet technological, social, environmental and competition challenges