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The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) urges EU Member States to intensify their coordination on tax matters at European and international level with a view to the digital and collaborative economy. A closer coordination of tax policies applicable to the new economic sector and devising instruments and working solutions could improve tax compliance, assure fair competition and tap the full potential of this new economic sector.


Highlights of the European Economic and Social Committee's July plenary session 15-16 July 2020                                                                                             

  • 15 July, 3:00 pm Priorities of the German Presidency of the EU with Peter Altmaier, German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy

On July 8, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) called for steps to speed up clinical trials that include genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Some vaccines under development are based on genetically modified viruses. Current EU legislation does not take into account the possibility of speeding up clinical trials in a public health emergency. The EESC therefore welcomes a temporary adjustment of EU rules.


EESC is ready to join forces with German presidency to help find a way out of the crisis and make Europe stronger. 
On 1 July, Germany picks up the baton from Croatia at the helm of the Council of the EU in what will probably be its most challenging presidency so far, with Europe facing the biggest economic, social and health crisis in its modern history.  


Contrary to the highly pessimistic predictions of disaster, the African continent is far from being the most affected by coronavirus, accounting for only 1.76% of deaths worldwide. This example of resilience was discussed in a webinar held by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), during which the speakers highlighted the opportunities for closer cooperation between Africa and the EU once the crisis has passed.


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At its June plenary session, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an information report on the revision of the Machinery Directive. EESC members and the study group for the opinion welcomed the Commission's current efforts to improve the performance of Directive 2006/42/EC, which is a very important and successful instrument for European industry, while noting that radical changes to the directive would have a deeply negative impact and must be avoided.


La pandemia de COVID-19 demuestra el carácter geoestratégico del sector agroalimentario y la necesidad de mantener una autosuficiencia alimentaria en la Unión Europea. Por ello, el Comité Económico y Social Europeo (CESE) acoge favorablemente la nueva medida propuesta por la Comisión Europea, destinada a apoyar a las explotaciones agrícolas y las pymes agroalimentarias con problemas de liquidez y a garantizar su supervivencia económica durante esta crisis. Sin embargo, el CESE considera que la Comisión Europea debería crear un fondo extraordinario al margen del presupuesto de la PAC para permitir la puesta en práctica de esta medida.


Ahora que Europa empieza a salir poco a poco de la crisis del coronavirus, la emergencia climática está recuperando el lugar que merece en lo más alto de la lista de prioridades de la UE.

El Comité Económico y Social Europeo (CESE), que reúne a organizaciones de la sociedad civil de todos los Estados miembros, ha elaborado un Dictamen en respuesta a una petición de la Presidencia croata del Consejo de la UE, cuyas prioridades son la protección del medio ambiente y la lucha contra el cambio climático.