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Adopted on 19/06/2019
Reference: 
ECO/486-EESC-2019-00069-00-00
Plenary session: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

The EESC welcomes the Investment Plan for Europe for its contribution to the promotion of investment in the EU. The Committee calls for clearly set investment targets, regulatory simplification and further guidance in order to achieve greater geographical and sectoral balance. The EESC advocates for strengthened financial capacity for the InvestEU programme within the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 and calls for more efforts to raise awareness among European businesses and citizens about the benefits obtained from the Investment Plan for Europe.

EESC opinion: Investment Plan for Europe: stock-taking and next steps

Adopted on 24/05/2012
Reference: 
INT/587-EESC-2012-1289
Plenary session: 
481 -
May 23, 2012 May 24, 2012

The opinion makes a contribution to analysis and proposals on an issue that the European institutions should deal with more energy, cohesion and above all with a clear and definite will to eradicate the phenomenon.

EESC opinion: Tax and financial havens

Adopted on 22/02/2017
Reference: 
ECO/423-EESC-2016-05954-00-01-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
523 -
Feb 22, 2017 Feb 23, 2017

The EESC appreciates the European Commission's effort to apply an economic policy that focuses on supporting the strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth of the euro area as well as a balanced mix of monetary, fiscal and structural instruments in order to achieve this, including a positive fiscal stance.

EESC opinion: Euro area economic policy (2017)

Adopted on 19/10/2017
Reference: 
ECO/438-EESC-2017-02879-00-00-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
529 -
Oct 18, 2017 Oct 19, 2017

This opinion is part of a wider package of four EESC opinions on the future of the European economy (Deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union and Euro area economic policy, Capital Markets Union and The future of EU finances). The package of opinions underscores the need for a common sense of purpose in the Union governance, which goes far beyond technical approaches and measures, and is first and foremost a matter of political will and a common perspective. Against this background the Committee advocates the exploration of tools to improve economic governance in the EMU, for instance by creating a permanent Euro Finance Minister, while ensuring full democratic accountability. Bundling competences would enhance coherence of EMU policies.

EESC opinion: Deepening EMU by 2025

Adopted on 19/06/2019
Reference: 
ECO/489-EESC-2019-2019-00073-00-00
Plenary session: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

The EESC notes that the international role of the euro has not yet recovered to the pre-financial crisis level. Whereas the European Commission's proposed measures are welcome and deemed necessary by the EESC, they may not go far enough given the extent of the euro area's social and economic challenges. Social cohesion, economic upward convergence and the promotion of competitiveness and innovation should be the basis on which the euro area's economy gathers pace and supports a stronger international role for the euro.

EESC opinion: Towards a stronger international role of the euro

Adopted on 12/07/2012
Reference: 
CCMI/94-EESC-2012-1587

The Committee maintains that lessons need to be learned from recent economic and financial crises and a fresh approach adopted to ensure more effective supervision by national, European and international authorities and increased accountability of financial institutions.

The Committee supports the measures aimed at strengthening banks' capital structure and their ability to finance the economy.

What changes for Europe's banking sector with the new financial rules?

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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

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