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Adopted on 17/03/2016
Reference: 
ECO/393-EESC-2015-06357-00-00-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
515 -
Mar 16, 2016 Mar 17, 2016

The introduction of further risk sharing is to be accompanied by further risk reduction in the Banking Union. Both the EDIS and the relevant risk reduction measures have to be dealt with in parallel and without delay and actually put into effect. An EDIS will have a positive impact on the situation of individual Member States and banks by being more able to cushion local shocks. This may discourage speculation against specific countries or banks, thus reducing the risk of bank runs. At the same time it will further weaken the link between the banks and their national sovereigns. It is imperative that the existing legislative framework of the Banking Union is fully implemented by all Member States. It is important that the Commission carry out a comprehensive in-depth impact study in order to further strengthen the legitimacy of the proposal.

EESC opinion: European Deposit Insurance Scheme

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 23/02/2012
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 25/03/2014
Reference: 
NAT/620-EESC-2013-6638
Plenary session: 
497 -
Mar 25, 2014 Mar 26, 2014

The effect of the current financial and economic crisis has put energy pricing under the spotlight because of the impact on household energy costs in the context of austerity and on industrial competitiveness of high energy prices. The importance of Market Based Instruments (MBI) is that they must both advance the transition to a resource-efficient and low carbon economy and support economic recovery. Environmental and climate policies should not be seen as a burden in the recovery from the fiscal and economic and social crisis, but rather as a part of the solution. The Committee urges the Commission to make environmental fiscal reform an integral and permanent part of the European Semester.

 

 

Market-based instruments - Low carbon economy in the EU

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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