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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.


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.


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.