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Opinion
Ongoing (updated on 03/12/2021)
Reference: 
ECO/551-EESC-2021-02636

The EESC believes that an economic transition from a model driven by growth to one predicated on sustainability is inevitable. Given the sheer complexity of and the huge challenges posed by this transition, the proposals for new indicators set out in this opinion are only one example of approaches that could be taken when it comes to tools for measuring the social, economic and environmental situation. A concise "Beyond GDP" scoreboard should be designed and incorporated into the European Green Deal scoreboard and the European economic governance process. Indicators that look beyond GDP must be able to do more than merely monitor and measure: they must inform policy development, improve communication and promote target setting.

EESC section opinion: Beyond GDP measures for a successful recovery and a sustainable and resilient EU economy (Own-initiative opinion)

Opinion
Adopted on 27/01/2021
Reference: 
TEN/718-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
557 -
Jan 27, 2021 Jan 28, 2021

The EESC considers that the European Union must overcome the COVID-19 crisis by building a new model for society, one which will make our economies more green, just and resistant to future shocks. European recovery funds must enable businesses, innovators, workers and investors to affirm their role as world leaders in the expanding clean energy markets.

EESC opinion: Hydrogen strategy (Communication)

Opinion
Adopted on 27/01/2021
Reference: 
TEN/717-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
557 -
Jan 27, 2021 Jan 28, 2021

The European Economic and social Committee (EESC) supports the Commission's intention as set out in its Communication: integration of the electricity system with the heat and transport system is vital to reach the goals of climate neutrality, security of energy supply, including reduction of energy imports, and the goal of affordable prices for Europe's consumers and the European economy.

EESC opinion: EU Strategy for Energy System Integration

Opinion
Adopted on 15/07/2020
Reference: 
ECO/513-EESC-2020

While the recovery after COVID-19 crisis is a top priority, the EESC stresses that this should not steer the EU away from its medium and long-term objectives, as outlined in the European Green Deal, 2020 Sustainable Growth Strategy, and the European Pillar for Social Rights. There is a need for a resilient, technology-driven European economy that is defined by the protection of the environment. The EESC underlines that strategies aimed at enhanced economic sustainability need to be developed around productivity, but they cannot be allowed to happen at the expense of workers' rights and social development. The EESC advocates for re-thinking supply chains, underlines that social aspects should be emphasised, start-ups should be encouraged and that the cornerstone of sustainable economic growth in the EU should be the creation and development of a truly circular economy. Open dialogue with social partners and civil society remains key to setting the economic direction.

EESC opinion: Enhancing sustainable economic growth across the EU

Opinion
Adopted on 02/03/2020
Reference: 
ECO/516-EESC-2020-01535-00-01-pac-tra

EESC opinion: Financial aid for Member States and countries still negotiating the terms of their accession to the EU which are seriously affected by a major public health emergency

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Position paper - Financial assistance to Member States affected by a major public health emergency

Opinion
Adopted on 19/02/2020
Reference: 
ECO/503-EESC-2019-04990

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

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