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Adopted on 10/07/2013
Reference: 
INT/699-EESC-2013-4263
Plenary session: 
491 -
Jul 10, 2013 Jul 11, 2013

This exploratory opinion, requested by the Lithuanian presidency, sheds light on the specific contribution that State-owned enterprises can make to the EU's competitiveness. It pinpoints the specific challenges that exist in this area for EU policy and the European institutions. As part of its consideration of the way in which public undertakings could contribute more to the EU's economic recovery and competitiveness, the Committee has addressed the issue of Europe's Services of General Economic Interest in a number of opinions. The EESC also raises the question of the economic activities of the EU's executive agencies, wondering if they are truly independent, while their tasks and responsibilities lead them to be directly involved in socio-economic activities.

EESC opinion: Economic potential of EU - State-owned enterprises

Adopted on 27/05/2015
Reference: 
ECO/376-EESC-2015-00551-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
508 -
May 27, 2015 May 28, 2015

The EESC is of the opinion that persisting imbalances as well as the creation of trust and confidence across Europe require more effective and democratic economic governance, notably in the Eurozone. It has become clear that the current system of rules underpinning the EU, and particularly the euro area, has created confusion on the legal, institutional and democratic fronts. A new approach is therefore needed. With this in mind, the Committee presents its contribution to the new five presidents' report which will propose next steps on better economic governance to the European Council in June. The EESC contribution summarises the different stages and puts forward institutional proposals and preparatory initiatives regarding the completion of the political pillar of the Economic and Monetary Union.

 

EESC opinion: Completing EMU: The political pillar

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Preparing for Next Steps on Better Economic Governance in the Euro Area - presentation by Baudouin Regout (European commission)

Completing Political Union: How the Euro-Union could work - presentation by Ulrike Guérot (The European Democracy Lab, European School of Governance, Berlin)

The political and institutional aspects of further euro area integration - presentation by Elmar Brok (European Parliament)

The political and institutional aspects of further EMU area integration - presentation by Bernard Snoy (ELEC)

The political and institutional aspects of further euro area integration - presentation by Johannes Lindner (ECB)

Adopted on 17/03/2016
Reference: 
ECO/397-EESC-2015-06712-00-01-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
515 -
Mar 16, 2016 Mar 17, 2016

The EESC welcomes the establishment of economic priority programmes for the euro area at the start of the European Semester. To achieve a recovery of growth and employment a mix of financial, taxation, budgetary, economic and social policies is needed. In contrast to the recommendation of the Commission, the focus of fiscal policy should be designed to be more expansionist than neutral. The EESC advocates the reduction of taxation on labour insofar as it does not threaten the financial sustainability of social protection systems. The EESC calls for a coordinated effort to create a more business-friendly environment for SMEs through better regulation, adequate financing and facilitation of exports to markets outside the EU. There is a particular need to open up new funding opportunities for micro-enterprises and start-ups.

EESC opinion: Euro area economic policy (2016)

Ongoing (updated on 13/12/2019)
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)

Adopted on 17/09/2015
Reference: 
CCMI/134-EESC-2015

Studies point to new dynamics in the world economy with substantial consequences for the competitiveness of national economies. The theme of the information report is inspired by a recent study of the Boston Consulting Group. In analysing in-depth the cost-related aspects in manufacturing among a great many countries the study proves that traditional views about the relationship between the developed and underdeveloped/emerging economies is becoming obsolete. In all groupings there are frontrunners and slow developers...

Shifting Economics in the World, Consequences for EU competitiveness (information report)

Adopted on 19/10/2016
Reference: 
ECO/408-EESC-2016-04274-00-01-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
520 -
Oct 19, 2016 Oct 20, 2016

The EESC believes that the fight against terrorism and its financing and efforts to combat money laundering and other related forms of economic crime should be permanent EU policy priorities. These efforts should be linked more closely with the efforts needed to combat tax fraud and tax avoidance. Therefore, the EESC considers creating public national registers of the beneficial owners of bank accounts, businesses, trusts and transactions, and access to them by obliged entities, to be a priority. Furthermore, all obligations laid down in the Anti Money Laundering Directive should be extended to all territories or jurisdictions whose sovereignty resides with the Member States. And free trade and economic partnership agreements should include a chapter on measures to tackle money laundering and terrorist financing, tax fraud and tax avoidance.

EESC opinion: Anti-Money Laundering Directive

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Presentation Commission "Proposal for a Directive amending Directive 2015/849"

Adopted on 01/07/2015
Reference: 
ECO/379-EESC-2015-01333-00-00-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
509 -
Jul 01, 2015 Jul 02, 2015

The EESC wants the conditions be created for an efficient, modern financial services sector with appropriate regulations, which grants access to capital providers by companies seeking investment, especially SMEs and high growth companies, and finds it of utmost importance to overcome the current fragmentation of the markets.

Since a Capital Markets Union (CMU) is to a significant extent a reality for large companies, the EESC stresses the need for measures that will also allow SMEs to benefit from it, for example through accepting simplified standardised criteria for registration on regulated markets, and providing a definition of an emerging growth and high growth company and devoting special attention to the needs of such companies on the capital market.

EESC opinion: Capital Markets Union

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Building a Capital Markets Union for the EU - Philip Tod, European Commission DG FISMA

Comments on the European Commission's Green Paper on a Capital Markets Union - U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Presentation on CMU by DG FISMA - ECO Section meeting 18-06-2015

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