SMEs

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  • Adopted on 14/12/2022 - Bureau decision date: 25/10/2022
    Reference
    SOC/749-EESC-2022-01-01
    Workers - GR II
    Plenary session number
    574
    -
    EESC opinion: European Year of Skills 2023
  • Adopted on 26/10/2022 - Bureau decision date: 22/03/2022
    Reference
    ECO/590-EESC-2022-02042
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Slovakia
    EESC opinion: Additional considerations on the Euro area economic policy 2022
  • Adopted on 26/10/2022 - Bureau decision date: 20/01/2022
    Reference
    ECO/582-EESC-2022-01-01-00362
    Employers - GR I
    Spain

    EU companies rely excessively on banking financing and are highly indebted. This own-initiative opinion proposes the development of a highly subordinated instrument at EU level that boosts the recapitalisation of EU firms. This would be a secure and easy-to-implement solution for SMEs, that would improve their financial position and promote investment without increasing leverage.

    EESC opinion: Recapitalising EU companies – An innovative way towards sustained and inclusive recovery
  • Adopted on 21/09/2022 - Bureau decision date: 07/12/2021
    Reference
    ECO/577-EESC-2022-01290-00-00-re-tra
    Workers - GR II
    Spain
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Romania
    Evaluation of European Fund for Strategic Investment 2.0
    ECO/577 - Technical annex
  • Adopted on 19/01/2022 - Bureau decision date: 19/10/2021
    Reference
    ECO/568-EESC-2021
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Slovakia
    EESC opinion: Euro area economic policy 2022
  • Adopted on 19/01/2022 - Bureau decision date: 25/03/2021
    Reference
    INT/945-EESC-2021-03554-00-00-AC-TRA
    Employers - GR I
    France

    Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) face challenges in the area of digitalisation and access to artificial intelligence, but this segment can take great advantage of the opportunities offered by artificial intelligence.

    The main objective of the opinion is to propose concrete measures which can be easily implemented in order to avoid MSMEs being “left behind” from the transition to artificial intelligence. The main issues to be addressed are: the use of new technologies to offer innovative products and services and strengthen Europe’s capacity to invest in disruptive innovations; create closer links in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) between universities and public administration, on the one hand, and businesses, in particular SMEs and micro-enterprises, on the other; support the MSMEs in recruiting and ensuring skills development for their employees to cope with the technological changes brought about by AI; facilitate the access to EU funding.

    EESC opinion: Developing Artificial Intelligence in European micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs)
  • Adopted on 08/12/2021 - Bureau decision date: 08/06/2021
    Reference
    ECO/560-EESC-2021-01-01-03634
    Workers - GR II
    Malta

    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
    Proposal for Regulation on European green bonds
  • Adopted on 20/10/2021 - Bureau decision date: 21/09/2021
    Reference
    INT/963-EESC-2021-04727-00-00-AC-TRA
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III

    In its opinion, the EESC supports the European Commission's proposal, given its major socio-economic importance for the region. The maintaining of the suspension of customs duties on imports of industrial products, as well as the extension of the product categories it covers, is considered to be beneficial for the Canary Islands' economy, which has suffered particular economic damage in comparison with other EU regions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in relation to domestic GDP volume.

    EESC opinion: Proposal for a Council Regulation temporarily suspending autonomous Common Customs Tariff duties on imports of certain industrial products into the Canary Islands.
  • Adopted on 20/10/2021 - Bureau decision date: 25/03/2021
    Reference
    INT/944-EESC-2021-01-01-02922-00-00-AC-TRA
    Employers - GR I
    France

    Micro enterprises and SMEs (MSME) in all fields need good conditions to survive the health and economic crisis and unlock their potential so that they can grow and create jobs. This opinion examines alternatives to address the administrative ("paper tax") burden on MSMEs, particularly in view of current transparency and disclosure measures to achieve the EU's social and environmental objectives.

    EESC opinion: Reconciling ambitious sustainable and social objectives with an enabling environment for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Adopted on 27/01/2021 - Bureau decision date: 28/10/2020
    Reference
    ECO/538-EESC-2020-01-01-05237
    Workers - GR II
    Austria
    EESC opinion: Euro area economic policy 2021