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  • Adopted on 10/12/2013
    Reference
    INT/690-EESC-2013-01-01-5988
    Workers - GR II
    Italy
    Plenary session number
    494
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  • Adopted on 10/12/2013
    Reference
    INT/691-EESC-2013-01-01-4179
    Workers - GR II
    Greece
    Plenary session number
    494
    -
  • Adopted on 16/10/2013
    Reference
    SOC/494-EESC-2013-01-01-6069
    Workers - GR II
    Greece
    Plenary session number
    493
    -

    The Committee welcomes the increased attention brought to social investment, a greater targeting of European funds to sound employment and social policies, a dedicated youth employment initiative and youth guarantee scheme, and better cross-border mobility. It also welcomes the foreseen strengthened social dialogue as part of the European Semester process. It particularly supports the idea to step up closer surveillance of employment and social imbalances within the EMU through a systematic monitoring of rates of unemployment, of young people not in employment or training or education, of household income, poverty and inequality. The proposed scoreboard should pro-actively detect asymmetric developments and spill-over into overall economic performance and trigger a timely and effective adjustment mechanism and policy response.

  • Adopted on 16/10/2013
    Reference
    ECO/354-EESC-2013-01-01-5189
    Diversity Europe - GR III
    United Kingdom
    Plenary session number
    493
    -
  • Adopted on 19/09/2013
    Reference
    ECO/352-EESC-2013-01-01-5122
    Diversity Europe - GR III
    Slovakia
    Plenary session number
    492
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  • Adopted on 11/07/2013
    Reference
    CCMI/108-EESC-2013-01-01-1094
    Employers - GR I
    Netherlands
    Workers - GR II
    Italy

    A coherent Industrial Policy requires far better governance – the EESC position. The EESC welcomes very much the focused attention to Europe's industry, as expressed in the Commission's update on Industrial policy of October 2012. The present opinion insists on a change of mind-set in the Member States (MS) and the EU Council. It stresses the need of coherent decision-making on a wide variety of issues, and effective governance at EU level. Only then industrial policy can become a building block of an EU Growth Initiative of which there is still little effective action.

    Infopack CCMI/108
  • Adopted on 10/07/2013
    Reference
    ECO/347-EESC-2013-01-01-2677
    Diversity Europe - GR III
    United Kingdom
    Plenary session number
    491
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    The EESC welcomes initiatives to foster productive investment and the formation of long-lived tangible and intangible capital but urges the Commission to give greater attention to the need to finance more "socially useful" capital investment. If banks are likely to play a less prominent role in the future as providers of long-term financing, then opportunities may arise for other intermediaries such as national and multilateral development banks, institutional investors, sovereign funds and, crucially, bond markets. The EESC welcomes the recent recapitalisation of the EIB as this will strengthen its ability to leverage additional private investment finance and to play a stronger countercyclical role in investment funding and credit supply to SMEs..

  • Adopted on 23/05/2013
    Reference
    ECO/345-EESC-2013-01-01-1768
    Workers - GR II
    Italy
    Plenary session number
    490
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    The EESC welcomes the proposal put forward by the Commission to introduce the world's first regional financial transaction tax (FTT). The Committee believes that its application at regional level (EU11+ zone) could constitute an exceptional opportunity, which could lead to its future application worldwide. The Committee believes that the introduction of this tax within the EU11+ will foster the establishment of a single financial market. The Committee believes that, in order to maximise the impact of the tax on economic growth, the revenue that it raises should be channelled into a programme of investment at national and EU levels capable of delivering economic recovery and jobs in the short term.

  • Adopted on 23/05/2013
    Reference
    ECO/344-EESC-2013-01-01-1767
    Employers - GR I
    Luxembourg
    Plenary session number
    490
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    The EESC welcomes the Commission's proposals on adapting the European regulatory framework to reflect changes made to international standards on preventing and combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism. It also approves the inclusion of gambling service providers on the list of professionals subject to requirements and notes that the present proposal contains a certain number of requirements that go beyond international standards. The EESC welcomes the proposal to harmonise the sanctions applicable at European level but has reservations regarding the purely "administrative" nature of the sanctions foreseen.

  • Adopted on 22/05/2013
    Reference
    ECO/348-EESC-2013-01-01-3043
    Plenary session number
    490
    -

    The Committee gives a guarded welcome to the two communications from the Commission on the introduction of a Competitiveness and Convergence Instrument and on ex-ante coordination of plans for major economic policy reforms. It is disappointing that they provide little additional detail to the concepts already outlined in the Blueprint, which therefore renders assessment difficult. While these two proposals could be a help to Member States in difficulty, restoring growth and capacity to the most needy areas may be hampered or delayed because the focus of concern is that the measures taken must also benefit the euro area as a whole. The Committee questions the added value of a CCI and the additional bureaucratic burden that the proposed ex-ante coordination may bring. The EESC wishes to continue the debate as developments evolve.