The member states of the European Union must strengthen stakeholder involvement in their efforts to reform national economies. Together with a new long-term EU strategy for sustainable development, improved stakeholder involvement could help create a more efficient and inclusive European semester that enjoys the support of society and is prepared to tackle the challenges facing the EU.
The EESC draws mixed conclusions from the European Commission's growth survey
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.
El Gobierno, representantes de la sociedad civil organizada y otros grupos de interés piden un nuevo impulso para la Unión Europea
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'.
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.
A European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) hearing has drawn up preventive measures and alternative approaches for future crises
Looking back at the achievements of the Maltese Presidency and in particular at the progress made by the business community – this was the focus of a debate during the last Employers' Group meeting on 20 September, with the participation of the Employers' Group members and the presidents of the three major Maltese employers' organisations.