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Adopted on 26/04/2012
Reference: 
INT/620-EESC-2012-1036
Plenary session: 
480 -
Apr 25, 2012 Apr 26, 2012

The opinion deals with European Venture Capital sector, which is closely linked to Europe's global competitiveness. The growth of this sector is an objective of the overall Europe 2020 Strategy and also one of the key priorities of the SME action plan. The EESC welcomes the regulation but draws attention to several limitations, which may weaken the anticipated impact.

EESC opinion: European Venture Capital Funds

Adopted on 23/05/2013
Reference: 
ECO/345-EESC-2013-1768
Plenary session: 
490 -
May 22, 2013 May 23, 2013

The EESC welcomes the proposal put forward by the Commission to introduce the world's first regional financial transaction tax (FTT). The Committee believes that its application at regional level (EU11+ zone) could constitute an exceptional opportunity, which could lead to its future application worldwide. The Committee believes that the introduction of this tax within the EU11+ will foster the establishment of a single financial market. The Committee believes that, in order to maximise the impact of the tax on economic growth, the revenue that it raises should be channelled into a programme of investment at national and EU levels capable of delivering economic recovery and jobs in the short term.

Financial transaction tax - enhanced cooperation

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 23/02/2012
Reference: 
ECO/307-EESC-2012-474
Plenary session: 
478 -
Feb 22, 2012 Feb 23, 2012

..."Meanwhile, the financial and economic crisis has changed into a sovereign debt crisis because of the daily speculation against the euro, which has shifted its focus and targeted the debt of a number of European countries. The only reason for this is that the economic and political instruments to protect the euro are piecemeal, totally inadequate and, until a year ago, downright non-existent. These are the paradoxes that come from having a single monetary policy and 17 debt policies, 17 budget policies, 17 (or rather 27) economic and industrial policies, and so many voices, often contradictory, having their say and offering recipes for resolving the crisis. This is why there must be a commitment to redouble and continue the efforts made recently by the EU. It is useful, therefore, to draw up a few proposals, ..."

EESC opinion: Restarting growth

Adopted on 09/07/2014
Reference: 
INT/717-EESC-2014-01791-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
500 -
Jul 09, 2014 Jul 10, 2014

The EESC expresses its firm support for the structural reform of the banking system. It considers the Commission's proposal for a regulation to be a valid and effective response aimed at separating commercial banking activities from investment activities.

The EESC supports and encourages a broad agreement to boost the economy and restore trust in the financial institutions, and calls on the Commission to promote a European Social Pact for Sustainable Finance.

Nevertheless, the EESC believes that the Commission should give greater attention to investors and employees, who have hitherto received little attention in the reform.

Besides, the EESC recommends that oversight activities be carried out in close cooperation and coordination between the EBA and the national authorities, which are well-acquainted with the markets and which will play a key role in managing the new reformed European finance.

EESC opinion: Reform of the structure of EU banks

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

Downloads: 

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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