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Adopted on 26/04/2012
Reference: 
INT/612-EESC-2012-1035
Plenary session: 
480 -
Apr 25, 2012 Apr 26, 2012

The EESC is fully supportive of the revised directive and it finds much in the regulation which it can support. The EESC has a major concern about the applicability of the regulation to SMEs and it recommends that the more radical proposals be revised.

EESC opinion: Annual accounts and consolidated accounts - Audit - public interest entities

Adopted on 18/10/2017
Reference: 
INT/828-EESC-2017-03200-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
529 -
Oct 18, 2017 Oct 19, 2017

Since the launch of the Digital Single Market strategy in May 2015, the Commission has delivered on all key measures and presented 35 proposals in total. The Commission calls for swift co-legislative agreements and for all parties to ensure that the measures proposed are rapidly adopted and implemented to allow people and businesses in the EU to fully benefit from a functional Digital Single Market. With the DSM's results among the more tangible for EU citizens, the EESC is particularly interested in the impact on consumers.

EESC opinion: Digital Single Market: Mid-term review

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 20/03/2019
Reference: 
INT/878-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The key to maximising the positive impact of standardisation is to develop synergies inside the European standardisation system, taking into account also the international dimension and the inclusiveness of standardisation.

EESC opinion: The annual Union work programme for European standardisation for 2019 (Communication)

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 06/07/2017
Reference: 
INT/787-EESC-2016-EESC-2016-03121-00-00-AC
Plenary session: 
527 -
Jul 05, 2017 Jul 06, 2017

 

In its Opinion, the EESC draws attention to significant inefficiencies still existing in both the formulation and implementation of SME policies, warns against a bureaucratic approach still prevalent in EU policies and calls for a visible, coordinated and consistent horizontal policy for SMEs, based on a multiannual action plan. The EESC also proposes that the Commission assess whether the current definition of SMEs corresponds to their heterogeneity, sectoral dynamics, specific features and diversity during the last decade.

EESC opinion: Effectiveness of policies for SMEs

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