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  • Valmisteilla (updated on 23/05/2024) - Bureau decision date: 13/02/2024
    Viite
    ECO/646-EESC-2024-2024-00987
    Employers - GR I
    Italy
    Plenary session number
    588
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    According to Article 175 of the TFEU the Commission shall submit a report to the European Parliament, the Council, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, every three years, on the progress towards achieving economic, social and territorial cohesion.

    The 9th report which covers the first period (2021-2023) of the programming period 2021-2027 will include a record of progress made towards achieving economic, social and territorial cohesion, including the socio-economic situation of regions as well as the integration of EU priorities. It will also include, where appropriate, an indication of future EU measures and policies necessary to strengthen cohesion, as well as to deliver EU priorities.

    EESC section opinion: Ninth report on economic, social and territorial cohesion
  • Valmisteilla (updated on 28/02/2024) - Bureau decision date: 18/01/2024
    Viite
    SOC/796-EESC
    Employers - GR I
    Austria
    Plenary session number
    590
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  • Valmisteilla (updated on 03/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 18/01/2024
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    ECO/643-EESC-2024-00571
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Romania
    Plenary session number
    591
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    The need for open and transparent budgetary processes has never been more critical. The multiannual financial framework (MFF) emerges as a crucial tool for aligning financial resources with the Union's long-term priorities. The EESC has highlighted significant gaps in the current MFF, including its limited scope in addressing contemporary challenges such as Europe's aging population and strained budgets due to inflation.

    The EESC therefore explores a paradigm shift towards Open budgets in the EU –a framework that encompasses not only participatory budgeting but a broader spectrum of fiscal transparency and citizen engagement across all stages of the budget cycle. This approach is aimed at enhancing the responsiveness and effectiveness of EU budget allocations, thereby fostering a more resilient, inclusive, and democratic European economy.

  • Hyväksytyt on 13/12/2023 - Bureau decision date: 25/01/2023
    Viite
    ECO/612-EESC-2023-2023-00848
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Greece
    Plenary session number
    583
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    One of the main conclusions of the 8th Cohesion Report is that although cohesion and convergence among regions in the European Union has improved, there are still remaining gaps especially in less developed regions related with their territorial characteristics. EU islands, mountain areas and sparsely populated areas still face many challenges on their growth and income and disparities exist.

    In these regions, there are still a lot of gaps in terms of employment and investment, social exclusion is evident and gender disparities have not diminished.

    EESC opinion: Main challenges faced by EU islands, and mountainous and sparsely populated areas
  • Hyväksytyt on 14/06/2023 - Bureau decision date: 23/01/2023
    Viite
    ECO/610-EESC-2023
    Workers - GR II
    Lithuania
    Plenary session number
    579
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    The movement of skilled workers out of regions already suffering from lower economic development may further undermine the growth and development potential of these regions. Such a "brain drain" from vulnerable EU regions therefore may contribute to widening territorial disparities, going against the objective of territorial cohesion set out in Article 174 TFEU. Given the cross-border impact of such developments the Commission considers that action at EU level is necessary.

    EESC opinion: Harnessing talents in EU regions
  • Hyväksytyt on 14/06/2023 - Bureau decision date: 23/01/2023
    Viite
    ECO/609-EESC-2023
    Workers - GR II
    Italy
    Employers - GR I
    Greece
    Plenary session number
    579
    -

    Since 2016, as requested by the Council, every second year the Commission publishes a report on the implementation of the existing macro-regional strategies (MRS). This is the fourth report, covering the period from mid-2020 to mid-2022. It assesses the state of play and progress on implementing the MRS and examines ways forward especially in the context of the war in Ukraine and the COVID-19 crisis. 

    EESC opinion: Implementation of EU macro-regional strategies
  • Hyväksytyt on 18/05/2022 - Bureau decision date: 18/01/2022
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    ECO/579-EESC-2022
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Poland
    Employers - GR I
    Portugal

    The Communication on 8th Report presents the main changes in territorial disparities over the past decade and how policies have affected these disparities. It highlights the potential of the green and digital transitions as new drivers of EU growth, but argues that without appropriate policy action new economic, social and territorial disparities may appear. It also launches a reflection on how cohesion policy should evolve to respond to these challenges and in particular how to ensure that place-based, multilevel and partnership led approaches continue to improve cohesion, while building on synergies and mainstreaming cohesion objectives into other policies and instruments.

    EESC will present its views on this report stressing the important role that civil society plays and that local policies need local strategies, drawn up with local partners.

    EESC opinion: 8th Cohesion Report
  • Hyväksytyt on 08/12/2021 - Bureau decision date: 25/03/2021
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    ECO/551-EESC-2021-02636
    Workers - GR II
    Romania

    The EESC believes that an economic transition from a model driven by growth to one predicated on sustainability is inevitable. Given the sheer complexity of and the huge challenges posed by this transition, the proposals for new indicators set out in this opinion are only one example of approaches that could be taken when it comes to tools for measuring the social, economic and environmental situation. A concise "Beyond GDP" scoreboard should be designed and incorporated into the European Green Deal scoreboard and the European economic governance process. Indicators that look beyond GDP must be able to do more than merely monitor and measure: they must inform policy development, improve communication and promote target setting.

    EESC opinion: Beyond GDP measures for a successful recovery and a sustainable and resilient EU economy (Own-initiative opinion)
  • Hyväksytyt on 20/10/2021 - Bureau decision date: 26/04/2021
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    ECO/556-EESC-2021
    Employers - GR I
    Portugal

    The EESC strongly believes in the importance of the next Semester cycle as a key instrument for implementing the Recovery and Resilience Facility.

    However, it is still concerned about the lack of clarity in most Member States as regards their National Recovery and Resilience Plan governance systems and the distribution of responsibilities for their implementation.

    The EESC would also draw attention to the need to measure progress in implementation, for which good monitoring indicators are needed; in this connection it welcomes the "Recovery and Resilience Scoreboard" initiative.

    Moreover, the COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the need for a strong industrial policy to avoid dependence on other economic zones for many products and services.

    The EESC wants to see real action in this respect by Member States, in terms of investment in education, infrastructure and industrial policy to raise employment and boost European industry.

    EESC opinion: Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy 2021 (additional opinion)
  • Hyväksytyt on 10/06/2020 - Bureau decision date: 14/05/2020
    Viite
    ECO/519-EESC-2020-02336
    Workers - GR II
    EESC opinion: Postponement of taxation rules due to the COVID-19 crisis