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Adopted on 28/06/2017
Reference: 
ECO/421-EESC-2016-06737-00-00-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
527 -
Jul 05, 2017 Jul 06, 2017

The EESC welcomes the package on the modernisation of VAT on cross-border e-commerce, and endorses both its objectives and its focus on addressing the concerns of SMEs. The Committee welcomes the proposed extension of the MOSS to goods as it creates conditions for the possible removal of the Low Value Consignment Relief (LVCR) scheme. Furthermore, the amendments to the VAT rates applicable to e-publications rules would eliminate the distinction between physical and non-physical publications, and ensure neutrality in this market.

EESC opinion: Digital Single Market VAT (e)-package (VAT on e-commerce, e-publications, e-books)

Adopted on 18/10/2017
Reference: 
ECO/433-EESC-2017-01106-00-00-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
529 -
Oct 18, 2017 Oct 19, 2017

A number of topical industrial developments and trends are currently at the focus of attention. At the same time it should be recognised that people must live everywhere in Europe, including in many regions that these innovative trends are not likely to reach even in the next 50 years. Without undermining their importance and while supporting the political efforts promoting these trends, it is necessary to recall that these businesses are the key element in the creation of new activity and value in resource-constrained areas and are crucial to enhancing economic prosperity and cohesion across Europe. Against this background, the main objective of the opinion is to identify and analyse the particular challenges these businesses face and find solutions and possibilities to support them.

EESC opinion: Family and traditional businesses in regional development

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Reference: 
ECO/475-EESC-2018-02936-00-00
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The EESC agrees with the aims of the Council Recommendation and with some of its proposals. However, it expresses its disagreement with the proposal for the aggregate fiscal stance of the euro area to be neutral, as well as with the way that the recommendation on salaries is formulated.

 

EESC opinion: Euro area economic policy 2018 (additional opinion)

Adopted on 20/03/2019
Reference: 
INT/878-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 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)

Adopted on 19/03/2015
Reference: 
ECO/375-EESC-2014-07288-00-00-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
506 -
Mar 18, 2015 Mar 19, 2015

The European economic governance rules, conceived in crisis, played an important role in fiscal consolidation and economic policy coordination, but the cost was high in terms of growth and employment. The quantitative easing measures now being embarked upon by the European Central Bank need to be matched by greater political initiatives by the Member States. In the review of the Multiannual Financial Framework in 2016, there is a need to back urgent structural reforms of common EU interest with some form of fiscal capacity. A reasonable deviation from the 3% deficit parameter should be considered as a temporary exception for a given number of years and not be automatically liable to sanctions. A lack of implementation of country-specific recommendations (CSRs) could be countered by real involvement of civil society and the social partners in drawing up CSRs.

EESC opinion: Economic governance review

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IIEA Economic Governance Group - Submission on Analytical Note “Preparing for Next Steps on Better Economic Governance in the Euro Area”

Adopted on 19/04/2018
Reference: 
ECO/446-EESC-2017-05489-00-00-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
534 -
Apr 18, 2018 Apr 19, 2018

The EESC appreciates the proposed roadmap for completing the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) but its support is not full and enthusiastic, since a number of social, political and economic issues, highlighted in our previous opinions, were not taken into consideration. The completion of the EMU requires first of all strong political commitment, efficient governance and better use of the available finances, in order to actually cope with both risk reduction and risk sharing among Member States. For these reasons the EESC underlines that the principles of responsibility and solidarity at EU level should go hand in hand.

EESC opinion: Economic and Monetary Union Package

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Reference: 
ECO/473-EESC-2018-3003-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The EESC considers the proposed European Investment Stabilisation Function (EISF) as a step towards closer euro area integration, and possibly an attempt to encourage non-euro Member States to join the single currency. However, the EESC is of the view that a well-crafted union-wide insurance scheme that acts as an automatic stabiliser amidst macroeconomic shocks would be more effective than the proposed EISF.

 

EESC opinion: European Investment Stabilisation Function

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