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24/07/2018
Reference number: 
37/2018

The European economy loses over 2% of productivity per year due to a mismatch of skills, according to a recent study commissioned by the European Economic and Social Committee. This means a loss of 80 eurocents for each hour of work. The situation will get even worse in the future due to demographic trends and ongoing technological developments, if no reforms are undertaken.

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This report was prepared by the Institute for Market Economics (IME) and is dedicated to the study of skills mismatches in the EU and their effect on the competitiveness of EU businesses. It includes a comprehensive review of existing literature on the issue and outlines some of the main conclusions regarding the relation of skill mismatches to education, personal and aggregate productivity, labour market dynamics and outcomes, innovation capacity and competitiveness.

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Reference: 
ECO/475-EESC-2018-02936-00-00
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The EESC agrees with the aims of the Council Recommendation and with some of its proposals. However, it expresses its disagreement with the proposal for the aggregate fiscal stance of the euro area to be neutral, as well as with the way that the recommendation on salaries is formulated.

 

EESC opinion: Euro area economic policy 2018 (additional opinion)

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Reference: 
ECO/461-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The EESC strongly rejects the Commission's proposal to cut the EU's budget by 10% in real terms and urges the Member States (MS) to find solutions that allow this budget to be kept at the same level as the 2014-2020 programming period.

EESC opinion: Common Provisions Regulation 2021-2027

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Reference: 
ECO/472-EESC-2018-3054
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The EESC welcomes and endorses the rationale behind the establishment of the Reform Support Programme. However, the EESC believes that, in order to launch the programme successfully and obtain the expected benefits, better responses are needed to a number of still open questions.

 

EESC opinion: Reform Support Programme

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