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Opinion
Adopted on 10/06/2020
Reference: 
ECO/505-EESC-2020-2020-00463-00-00-TRA
Plenary session: 
552 -
Jun 10, 2020 Jun 11, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak will have a deep and negative impact on the achievement of the SDGs and the objectives of the European Green Deal. For this reason, the EESC insists on the need to face this urgent threat as soon as possible and focus our recovery efforts without undue delay on the SDGs and the Green Deal. The Sustainable Europe Investment Plan (SEIP) is the first comprehensive policy measure to fulfil very ambitious targets of carbon neutrality until 2050 in line with the EU Green Deal. While saluting the Green Deal's ambitions, the EESC regrets the lack of consistency with the budgetary allocation within the next Multiannual Financial Framework and also expresses its doubts about the effectiveness of climate mainstreaming in all EU programmes and calls on the Member States to involve civil society organisations in pushing for climate-proof EU spending.

EESC opinion: European Green Deal Investment Plan

Opinion
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

Opinion
Adopted on 11/12/2019
Reference: 
INT/883-EESC-2019-01356-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
548 -
Dec 11, 2019 Dec 12, 2019

This own-initiative opinion refers to what a comprehensive approach to industrial policy should include, in order to reposition European production of goods and services in the global context, on the basis of an eco-social open market model that responds to the tradition and the future of the EU.

EESC opinion: "Use-value" is back: new prospects and challenges for European products and services (own-initiative opinion)

Opinion
Adopted on 17/07/2019
Reference: 
ECO/492-EESC-2019-01033

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)

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Toward a more resilient and sustainable European economy - Civil Society Days 2019

Opinion
Adopted on 17/07/2019
Reference: 
ECO/493-EESC-2019-01345
Plenary session: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

Although considerable progress has already been made towards completing EMU, there is still a need to significantly reinforce all four of its pillars, taking care to maintain the balance between them, as neglecting one or more of these pillars could result in dangerous disparities. Resilience to crises is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for completing EMU: it also requires a positive vision, as set out in Article 3 of the EU Treaty. The EESC generally calls on the European institutions and national governments to take much more ambitious action in the context of EMU reform in order to achieve a more integrated, more democratic and socially better developed Union.

EESC opinion: A new vision for completing the Economic and Monetary Union (own initiative opinion)

Opinion
Adopted on 19/06/2019
Reference: 
ECO/486-EESC-2019-00069-00-00

The EESC welcomes the Investment Plan for Europe for its contribution to the promotion of investment in the EU. The Committee calls for clearly set investment targets, regulatory simplification and further guidance in order to achieve greater geographical and sectoral balance. The EESC advocates for strengthened financial capacity for the InvestEU programme within the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 and calls for more efforts to raise awareness among European businesses and citizens about the benefits obtained from the Investment Plan for Europe.

EESC opinion: Investment Plan for Europe: stock-taking and next steps

Opinion
Adopted on 19/06/2019
Reference: 
ECO/489-EESC-2019-00073

The EESC notes that the international role of the euro has not yet recovered to the pre-financial crisis level. Whereas the European Commission's proposed measures are welcome and deemed necessary by the EESC, they may not go far enough given the extent of the euro area's social and economic challenges. Social cohesion, economic upward convergence and the promotion of competitiveness and innovation should be the basis on which the euro area's economy gathers pace and supports a stronger international role for the euro.

EESC opinion: Towards a stronger international role of the euro

Opinion
Adopted on 20/03/2019
Reference: 
INT/878-EESC-2019

The key to maximising the positive impact of standardisation is to develop synergies inside the European standardisation system, taking into account also the international dimension and the inclusiveness of standardisation.

EESC opinion: The annual Union work programme for European standardisation for 2019 (Communication)

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