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Adopted on 19/03/2015
Reference: 
ECO/374-EESC-2014-07287-00-03-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
506 -
Mar 18, 2015 Mar 19, 2015

The EESC welcomes the Investment Plan for Europe as a step in the right direction, which however faces serious questions about the Plan's size and timescale, the high degree of leverage expected and the potential flow of suitable projects. The Plan proposes that contributions to the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) from Member States will not be included in budget deficit calculations and this is to be welcomed, but it begs the question as to why ongoing strategic public infrastructure expenditures are not treated in the same way. Strategic public investment which underpins present and future economic development should be incentivised by a more benign European fiscal framework.

EESC opinion: An Investment Plan for Europe

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Achim Truger - Implementing the Golden Rule for Public Investment in Europe

Adopted on 18/02/2015
Reference: 
ECO/371-EESC-2014-04516-00-01-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
505 -
Feb 18, 2015 Feb 19, 2015

The EESC considers it vital to preserve the "biodiversity" of the financial system, without this meaning the arbitrary application of rules. In this context the Committee applauds the consideration the European Commission has given to the introduction of calibrated financial regulation frameworks to consider the specificities of cooperative and savings banks that avoid the undesirable effects of uniform application of prudential rules and possibly an overload of administrative burdens.

EESC opinion: Role of cooperative and savings banks in territorial cohesion

Adopted on 09/07/2014
Reference: 
INT/741-EESC-2014-02102-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
500 -
Jul 09, 2014 Jul 10, 2014

The EESC welcomes the Commission communication and emphasises the growth potential of crowdfunding in the EU as an alternative source of funding. It also emphasises the dependence of SMEs on bank loans, a situation that will persist despite the existence of alternative sources which are not always easy to access. Therefore Crowdfunding should be explicitly recognised in the laws of the Member States as a new form of patronage.

EESC opinion: Crowdfunding in the European Union

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

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