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Opinion
Tuairimí a glacadh on 13/07/2016
Tagairt: 
ECO/406-EESC-2016-02343-00-01-ac-tra

The EESC welcomes the "Action Plan on VAT", and calls for a  definitive VAT system that is clear, consistent, robust and comprehensive, as well as proportionate and future-proof. The Committee  welcomes the strong focus on closing the VAT gap and tackling the susceptibility of VAT to fraud. There should be results delivered without delay, including by improving cooperation between tax administrations. “Bona fide” enterprises should be protected and no new excessive measures should be imposed on them. The future system of reduced rates must combine flexibility and legal certainty, be transparent, and for the sake of simplicity the number of reduced rates and exemptions must be limited.

Tuairim ó CESE: Action Plan on VAT

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VAT Action Plan - Measures to modernise VAT in the EU - Bertrand LAPALUS - DG TAXUD

Opinion
Tuairimí a glacadh on 13/07/2016
Tagairt: 
CCMI/144-EESC-2016

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) warns against granting China market economy status (MES) and  calls on the European institutions to promote fair international competition and actively defend European jobs and European values with efficient trade defence instruments (TDIs). In its opinion, adopted at its 514th plenary session on 14th July, the EESC points to the disastrous impact a possible granting of MES to China would have on Europe's industry and consequently on Europe's labour market. The EESC insists on China's fulfilment of the five EU criteria for achieving the MES.

Tuairim ó CESE: The impact on key industrial sectors (and on jobs and growth) of the possible granting of market economy treatment to China (for the purpose of trade defence instruments) (own-initiative opinion)

Opinion
Tuairimí a glacadh on 25/05/2016
Tagairt: 
ECO/396-EESC-2016-00351-00-01-ac-tra

Tuairim ó CESE: Investing in Growth and Jobs – maximizing the contribution of European Structural and Investment Funds

Opinion
Tuairimí a glacadh on 27/04/2016
Tagairt: 
NAT/676-EESC-2016-00042-00-01-AC-TRA

The EESC fully backs the objective of switching to a greener, resource-efficient and circular economy. It is happy to see that the Commission has come forward with a broader set of proposals covering all the stages of the product lifecycle compared to the previous circular economy package; however, it raises concern over the lower level of ambition, which is likely to lead to lower economic and environmental benefits.

Tuairim ó CESE: Circular Economy Package

Opinion
Tuairimí a glacadh on 16/03/2016
Tagairt: 
ECO/398-EESC-2016-00122-00-00-ac-tra

Tuairim ó CESE: Structural Reform Support Programme for the period 2017 to 2020 and amending Regulations (EU) No 1303/2013 and (EU) No 1305/2013

Opinion
Tuairimí a glacadh on 16/03/2016
Tagairt: 
ECO/393-EESC-2015-06357-00-00-ac-tra

The introduction of further risk sharing is to be accompanied by further risk reduction in the Banking Union. Both the EDIS and the relevant risk reduction measures have to be dealt with in parallel and without delay and actually put into effect. An EDIS will have a positive impact on the situation of individual Member States and banks by being more able to cushion local shocks. This may discourage speculation against specific countries or banks, thus reducing the risk of bank runs. At the same time it will further weaken the link between the banks and their national sovereigns. It is imperative that the existing legislative framework of the Banking Union is fully implemented by all Member States. It is important that the Commission carry out a comprehensive in-depth impact study in order to further strengthen the legitimacy of the proposal.

Tuairim ó CESE: European Deposit Insurance Scheme

Opinion
Tuairimí a glacadh on 16/03/2016
Tagairt: 
ECO/395-EESC-2015-06711-00-00-ac-tra

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.

Tuairim ó CESE: Establishment of National Competitiveness Boards within the Euro Area

Opinion
Tuairimí a glacadh on 16/03/2016
Tagairt: 
ECO/388-EESC-2015-05834-00-01-ac-tra

Tuairim ó CESE: Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the prospectus to be published when securities are offered to the public or admitted to trading

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The Capital Markets Union Package - European Parliament

Opinion
Tuairimí a glacadh on 16/03/2016
Tagairt: 
ECO/397-EESC-2015-06712-00-01-ac-tra

The EESC welcomes the establishment of economic priority programmes for the euro area at the start of the European Semester. To achieve a recovery of growth and employment a mix of financial, taxation, budgetary, economic and social policies is needed. In contrast to the recommendation of the Commission, the focus of fiscal policy should be designed to be more expansionist than neutral. The EESC advocates the reduction of taxation on labour insofar as it does not threaten the financial sustainability of social protection systems. The EESC calls for a coordinated effort to create a more business-friendly environment for SMEs through better regulation, adequate financing and facilitation of exports to markets outside the EU. There is a particular need to open up new funding opportunities for micro-enterprises and start-ups.

Tuairim ó CESE: Economic policy of the euro area

Opinion
Tuairimí a glacadh on 16/03/2016
Tagairt: 
ECO/394-EESC-2015-06709-00-00-ac-tra

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.

Tuairim ó CESE: Steps towards Completing Economic and Monetary Union

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