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Vastuvõetud arvamused on 17/03/2016
Viide: 
ECO/394-EESC-2015-06709-00-00-ac-tra
Täiskogu istungjärk: 
515 -
Mar 16, 2016 Mar 17, 2016

The Commission communication on Steps towards completing EMU can provide a great opportunity to launch a debate at political level and with civil society to draw up conclusive proposals which go further than the current ones. It would be more useful to draw up a proposal for the European Semester as part of a comprehensive agreement on economic governance that goes beyond the status quo, changing macroconditionality and strengthening the Interparliamentary Conference. Democratic legitimacy is not tackled seriously by any of the Commission's operational proposals. The tripartite social dialogue could contribute to this matter. On the basis of its own roadmap, the EESC is committed to putting forward, possibly with the Commission, a plan on stage two (Completing EMU 2017-2025) to discuss these issues in the Member States, beginning with the euro area countries.

EESC opinion: Steps towards Completing EMU

Vastuvõetud arvamused on 17/03/2016
Viide: 
ECO/395-EESC-2015-06711-00-00-ac-tra
Täiskogu istungjärk: 
515 -
Mar 16, 2016 Mar 17, 2016

Competitiveness is not an end in itself. It is only a sensible objective if it improves people's well-being in practice. The EESC therefore recommends that an updated definition of competitiveness ("competitiveness 2.0") be used in future, taking into account "the ability of a country to deliver the beyond-GDP goals for its citizens". The EESC urges that future discussions refer not to "competitiveness boards" but to "boards for competitiveness, social cohesion and sustainability". The EESC asks the Commission to present concrete proposals on how the following necessary requirements with regards to these boards can be safeguarded: accountability, legitimacy and transparency; representation of balanced unbiased expertise; non-binding character of proposals of the boards; inclusion of the dual role of wages, both as a cost factor and as the main determinant of domestic demand.

EESC opinion: National Competitiveness Boards

Vastuvõetud arvamused on 06/12/2017
Viide: 
ECO/410-EESC-2016-05712-00-00-AC-TRA
Täiskogu istungjärk: 
530 -
Dec 06, 2017 Dec 07, 2017

The EESC believes that income and wealth inequalities in the EU have become economic and social challenges that should be addressed with appropriate measures at national level and with the support of EU-level action.

A well-functioning system of social transfers and social assistance is thus needed. Fiscal redistribution should to a large extent complement the gaps in the market system. Public assets (social infrastructure, facilities for services in the public interest, etc.) should be developed as a means of addressing inequalities. And fiscal income should be shifted from labour-based taxation towards a more wealth-based one, with taxation on inheritance and capital income. Overall, Intensive economic growth is key to reducing poverty and wealth inequalities.

EESC opinion: Wealth inequality in Europe

Vastuvõetud arvamused on 20/02/2019
Viide: 
ECO/481-EESC-2018-05434
Täiskogu istungjärk: 
541 -
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 21, 2019

The EESC welcomes the reforms aimed at increasing high-quality investment and productivity growth, inclusiveness and institutional quality, and to ensure macro-financial stability and sound public finances. The EESC also welcomes the recognition of the need for investment focused on education and training and the need to strengthen the EU’s social dimension. However, it remains to be specified how these objectives are to be achieved. The EESC underlines that progress is very slow and proposals often rather modest in areas where new policies have been proposed, including fair taxation, the banking union and the functioning of the euro area. Moreover, the EESC recognises the importance of addressing climate change but measures so far adopted remain insufficient.

 

EESC opinion: Annual Growth Survey 2019 (communication)

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