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Opinion
Adopted on 23/03/2022
Reference: 
ECO/571-EESC-2021-06493
Plenary session: 
568 -
Mar 23, 2022 Mar 24, 2022

The EESC welcomes the implementation of the remaining elements of the international standards agreed by the Basel Committee for Banking Supervision, from the perspective of both timing and substance, as they are meant to enhance the stability of the financial market in the EU, and thus not to expose European citizens to increased financial market risks. The EESC also stresses that financial market stability is a crucial prerequisite for overall economic stability, whereas the sound regulation and surveillance of the banking sector is essential in order to prevent the threat of turbulences and crisis.

EESC opinion: Banking Package 2021

Opinion
Adopted on 08/12/2021
Reference: 
ECO/559-EESC-2021-03471
Plenary session: 
565 -
Dec 08, 2021 Dec 09, 2021

The EESC strongly supports the goal of redirecting investments in such a way that they contribute to the EU's transition to a sustainable economy but calls for the social partners and civil society to be brought better on board in the design and implementation of sustainable finance. The EU green bond standard has the potential to yield significant economic benefits for both issuers and investors alike and help the green transition.

EESC opinion: Renewed sustainable finance strategy

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Presentation SF Strategy - Sustainable Finance package - EESC informal meeting_24.08.2021

Presentation from DG Fisma : Strategy for Financing the Transition to a Sustainable Economy

Opinion
Adopted on 08/12/2021
Reference: 
ECO/560-EESC-2021-03634
Plenary session: 
565 -
Dec 08, 2021 Dec 09, 2021

The EESC strongly supports the goal of redirecting investments in such a way that they contribute to the EU's transition to a sustainable economy but calls for the social partners and civil society to be brought better on board in the design and implementation of sustainable finance. The EU green bond standard has the potential to yield significant economic benefits for both issuers and investors alike and help the green transition.

EESC opinion: EU green bond standard

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Proposal for Regulation on European green bonds

Opinion
Adopted on 22/09/2021
Reference: 
ECO/549-EESC-2021-02010
Plenary session: 
563 -
Sep 22, 2021 Sep 23, 2021

The EESC underscores the potential key role of the Sustainable Finance Taxonomy Delegated Regulation in creating a clear, coherent and comprehensive framework to highlight the ambitious development of a greener economy without lock-in effects. The taxonomy should build on technical criteria that clearly define the green investments that directly contribute to Europe's climate objectives.

EESC opinion: Sustainable finance taxonomy - climate change

Opinion
Adopted on 22/09/2011
Reference: 
NAT/499-EESC-2011-1386
Plenary session: 
474 -
Sep 21, 2011 Sep 22, 2011

The Rio 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development must send out a clear signal to the world community, with specific proposals for the transition to an economic order based on qualitative economic growth that helps to eliminate poverty and social injustice whilst preserving natural resources for future generations.

The EESC is convinced that ensuring access to resources, food and energy should be amongst the priorities of the global sustainability agenda.

Policy measures and clear indicators must be established to measure progress on the road to greater sustainability.

EESC Opinion: Contribution of European organised civil society to UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio (Rio+20)