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  • Statement of the President of the Employers' Group

    On 20 February 2019 the EESC adopted an opinion calling for an EU framework directive on minimum income. The Employers' Group fully shares the view of the EESC that fighting against poverty is a necessity. However, for us the instrument proposed in the opinion is not the correct one. For this reason, the Group tabled a counter-opinion, presenting its views on measures needed to reduce poverty. The counter opinion was supported by almost 40% of the EESC Members.

  • VAT tax reform

    A new VAT system for taxing trade between Member States must tap its full potential and limit any possible negative effects for the single market, says the European Economic and Social Committee in its recently adopted opinion on a proposal presented by the European Commission. Greater collaboration between national authorities and extensive communication by the Commission will be key to its successful implementation. Clarifications are needed on some proposed concepts and criteria and a common system for goods and services must follow as soon as possible.

  • Stakeholders stressed the importance of cohesion policy and the need for appropriate and effective funding

  • The Diversity Europe Group recently organised a structured brainstorming session aiming at encouraging its Members to think out of the box and to come up with ideas to feed into proposals for the Sibiu Summit on the Future of Europe. This session kick-started our Group's contribution to the EESC Roadmap 'From Cracow to Sibiu and beyond'. 



  • Reference number

    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.

  • Reference number

    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has used an own-initiative opinion to call for sufficient funding resources to be put in place for implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights. Adopted at its plenary session on 19 April 2018, the opinion calls for improvements in the Member States and a robust commitment in terms of budget, investment and current spending to make the Social Pillar a reality.

  • Lessons learned

    El CESE presenta una serie de medidas para evitar la severidad de la austeridad en el futuro y mitigar los efectos negativos de la gestión de crisis anteriores

    En el futuro, la gestión de las crisis debería aspirar a conseguir un mayor equilibrio entre los objetivos sociales y fiscales para evitar los efectos negativos en la capacidad económica, los mercados laborales y los sistemas de protección social de los países afectados. En lugar de imponer una austeridad restrictiva, en las futuras situaciones de crisis las instituciones de la UE deberían aplicar políticas en pro de la cooperación económica, el crecimiento y la solidaridad.

  • El CESE aboga por un estímulo presupuestario centrado en la inversión pública y considera que hay que dar prioridad a las reformas estructurales para impulsar la productividad y apoyar la creación de empleos de calidad

    El Comité Económico y Social Europeo (CESE) no está de acuerdo con la propuesta de la Comisión de seguir una orientación presupuestaria globalmente neutra en 2018, por lo que aboga por una política presupuestaria moderadamente positiva en torno al 0,5 % del PIB.