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  • Adopted on 25/01/2023 - Bureau decision date: 25/10/2022
    Workers - GR II
    Plenary session number
    EESC opinion: Euro area economic policy 2023
  • Adopted on 19/01/2022 - Bureau decision date: 19/10/2021
    Diversity Europe - GR III
    EESC opinion: Euro area economic policy 2022
  • Adopted on 08/12/2021 - Bureau decision date: 25/03/2021
    Workers - GR II

    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)
  • Adopted on 27/01/2021 - Bureau decision date: 28/10/2020
    Workers - GR II
    EESC opinion: Euro area economic policy 2021
  • Adopted on 18/09/2020 - Bureau decision date: 21/01/2020
    Workers - GR II
    EESC opinion: Economic governance review 2020
  • Adopted on 19/02/2020 - Bureau decision date: 29/10/2019
    (Czech Republic

    The EESC is concerned to note the euro area's economic downturn and the gradual end to a fall in unemployment, wedded to the persistent higher incidence of risk factors affecting economic performance. It is the European Green Deal that the EESC sees as the backbone of the future EU and euro-area economic configuration – the potential start of a fundamental change and a turning point. If managed successfully, it could move Europe up a gear economically and socially; if not, its failure could fatally jeopardise the integrity of the EU.

    EESC opinion: Euro area economic policy 2020
  • Adopted on 30/10/2019 - Bureau decision date: 14/05/2019
    (Czech Republic
    EESC opinion: Euro area economic policy 2019 (additional opinion)
  • Adopted on 20/02/2019 - Bureau decision date: 18/09/2018

    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)
  • Adopted on 06/12/2017 - Bureau decision date: 22/09/2016
    Workers - GR II

    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: the profit-labour split between Member States (Own-initiative Opinion)
  • Adopted on 29/03/2017 - Bureau decision date: 21/02/2017
    EESC opinion: Territorial typologies