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Adopted on 12/02/2015
Reference: 
/-EESC-2015-00071-00-01-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
505 -
Feb 18, 2015 Feb 19, 2015

The EESC welcomes the AGS 2015, but reminds that it is not possible to implement a growth plan that supports job creation measures without investment. Social investment can play a critical role in the promotion of welfare and the eradication of poverty and exclusion. The Committee welcomes the streamlining of the European Semester and acknowledges the efforts made by the Commission to encourage more civil society participation. The review of the Europe 2020 strategy should be published in a timely manner in order to give stakeholders sufficient time to prepare their positions.

EESC opinion: EUR/008 - Annual Growth Survey 2015

Adopted on 08/02/2013
Reference: 
/-EESC-2012-2595

The 2013 Annual Growth Survey (AGS), which launches the European semester, sets out what the Commission believes should be the overall budgetary, economic and social priorities for the this year. Given the importance of the involvement of the organised civil society and the social partners in setting priorities for action at the national and EU level, the EESC issues its opinion as a contribution to the debates ahead of the Spring European Council.

EUR/005 - EESC opinion on the Annual Growth Survey 2013

Adopted on 23/02/2017
Reference: 
TEN/606-EESC-2016
Plenary session: 
523 -
Feb 22, 2017 Feb 23, 2017

The EESC welcomes the CEF's support for clean, low-carbon transport and sustainable energy structures, as well as the attention given to energy vulnerability. However, the Committee would like to see more financial resources allocated to the CEF.

It will be possible to meet the expectations of city "users" – inhabitants, businesses, visitors and administrators – thanks to digital service ecosystems overlaying high-quality material and immaterial enabling infrastructure. Establishing this infrastructure will also have a significant impact in terms of growth, employment and productivity.

Mid-term evaluation of the Connecting Europe Facility (formerly Smart Cities)

Adopted on 13/07/2011
Reference: 
SOC/404-EESC-2011-1172
Plenary session: 
473 -
Jul 13, 2011 Jul 14, 2011

The "Agenda for new skills and jobs" is one of the seven flagship initiatives under the Europe 2020 Strategy. It proposes actions within four key priorities in order to reach an employment rate of 75% by 2020. In its opinion the EESC broadly welcomes the European Commission initiative but puts forward a number of comments and recommendations. For instance, the Committee finds that the proposed initiative fails to encapsulate the urgent need to create good-quality jobs. It does not constitute a sufficient stimulus to Member States to set more ambitious national goals backed by the necessary investment and structural reforms.

EESC opinion: An agenda for new skills and jobs

Adopted on 22/02/2012
Reference: 
/-EESC-2012-497

The Committee's opinion, prepared in view of the Spring European Council, comments on the Commission’s ‘Annual growth survey’ (AGS) 2012.

In the first part, it deals with general issues related to the AGS such as: its focus on growth, on fiscal consolidation and on the implementation of reforms agreed in the framework of the European semester as well as the implication of organised civil society and social partners in the AGS process.

The second part brings together specific contributions from various EESC opinions that were adopted in 2011 in relation to the five AGS priorities: pursuing differentiated, growth-friendly fiscal consolidation; restoring normal lending to the economy; promoting growth and competitiveness; tackling unemployment and the social consequences of the crisis; and modernising public administration. These comments update the EESC’s position on the AGS 2011 that was adopted in March 2011.

Annual growth survey 2012

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EESC opinion on the AGS / Avis CESE sur l'Examen annuel de croissance

Adopted on 23/02/2017
Reference: 
SC/46-EESC-2016-05339-00-01-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
523 -
Feb 22, 2017 Feb 23, 2017

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) endorses the priorities set out in the European Commission's 2017 Annual Growth Survey.

The European Semester is seen as a good instrument for further progress in policies and reform, leading to recovery and employment. The AGS 2017 outlines the most pressing economic and social priorities, accompanied by specific recommendations, however the EESC takes very seriously the negative aspects of the rules of the Stability and Growth Pact and Country-Specific Recommendations applied at national level to set the euro area fiscal stance.

EESC opinion: Annual Growth Survey 2017

Adopted on 17/07/2019
Reference: 
ECO/492-EESC-2019-01033-00-00-TRA
Plenary session: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

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

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