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  • Elfogadott vélemények on 20/01/2016 - Bureau decision date: 15/09/2015
    Hivatkozás
    ECO/385-EESC-2015-04971-00-01-ac-tra
    (Belgium

    The EESC welcomes the proposals to establish a system of "simple, transparent and standardised" securitisation (STS securitisations), that should enable significant additional resources to be generated for bank funding. That is very important, for SMEs and households in particular. There should be clarity as to the risk involved and who bears that risk, taking account of the whole chain from the issuer to the investor. It is important now is that the mistakes of the past are not repeated. Small investors and consumers should not have access to securitisation due to the complexity and risk involved, the Committee calls for a formal prohibition to be explicitly included in the texts.

    EESC opinion: A legal framework for simple, transparent and standardised securitisation
    The Capital Markets Union Package - European Parliament
  • Elfogadott vélemények on 08/10/2015
    Hivatkozás
    ECO/382-EESC-2015-01-01-03720-00-01-ac-tra
    Workers - GR II
    Italy
    Plenary session number
    511
    -

    Following the Baltic, Danube and Adriatic Ionian Regions, the Alpine space was the fourth to adopt its macro-regional strategy on 28 July 2015. The EESC welcomes the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region and sees it as an element of value added for the Alpine area as well as a driver for development that can nurture the competitiveness and cohesion of Europe as a whole.

    EESC opinion: EU Strategy on the Alpine Region
  • Elfogadott vélemények on 17/09/2015
    Hivatkozás
    ECO/380-EESC-2015-01-01-01820-00-01-ac-tra
    Workers - GR II
    Germany
    Plenary session number
    510
    -

    A genuine stabilisation of the economic and monetary union (EMU) can only succeed if the deficits in the EMU architecture are solved and to this end major reforms are undertaken. The longer the current austerity policy continues, that primarily looks at spending cuts without the addition of an effective investment plan and measures to enhance income through growth, social cohesion and solidarity, it will become increasingly clear that Europe's economic integration and prosperity is at risk from growing social inequalities. The EESC calls for greater "parliamentarisation" of the euro area, with a grand EP committee comprising all members of parliament from the euro area and from those countries wishing to join (26 Member States), combined with stronger coordination of members of parliament from the euro area on EMU issues (COSAC +).

    EESC opinion: The community method for a democratic and social EMU
  • Elfogadott vélemények on 17/09/2015
    Hivatkozás
    ECO/378-EESC-2015-02060-00-00-ac-tra
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Spain
    Workers - GR II
    Italy
    Plenary session number
    510
    -

    The Economy for the Common Good model proposes the transition towards a "European Ethical Market" which will foster social innovation, boost the employment rate and benefit the environment, for example through using indicators of wellbeing and social development beyond the GDP such as the Common Good Product and the Common Good Balance Sheet. The EESC considers that the Economy for the Common Good model is conceived to be included both in the European and the domestic legal framework and demands from the European Commission, in the framework of the upcoming renewed CSR strategy, to make a qualitative step in order to reward (in terms of public procurement, access to external markets, tax advantages, etc.) those enterprises that can demonstrate higher ethical performance.

    EESC opinion: Economy for the Common Good
    Towards a better measurement of welfare
    Scoping study
    L'économie circulaire
  • Elfogadott vélemények on 01/07/2015
    Hivatkozás
    ECO/379-EESC-2015-01-01-01333-00-00-ac-tra
    Workers - GR II
    Spain
    Employers - GR I
    Bulgaria
    Plenary session number
    509
    -

    The EESC wants the conditions be created for an efficient, modern financial services sector with appropriate regulations, which grants access to capital providers by companies seeking investment, especially SMEs and high growth companies, and finds it of utmost importance to overcome the current fragmentation of the markets.

    Since a Capital Markets Union (CMU) is to a significant extent a reality for large companies, the EESC stresses the need for measures that will also allow SMEs to benefit from it, for example through accepting simplified standardised criteria for registration on regulated markets, and providing a definition of an emerging growth and high growth company and devoting special attention to the needs of such companies on the capital market.

    EESC opinion: Capital Markets Union
    Building a Capital Markets Union for the EU - Philip Tod, European Commission DG FISMA
    Comments on the European Commission's Green Paper on a Capital Markets Union - U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    Presentation on CMU by DG FISMA - ECO Section meeting 18-06-2015
  • Elfogadott vélemények on 27/05/2015
    Hivatkozás
    ECO/376-EESC-2015-01-01-00551-00-00-AC-TRA
    Plenary session number
    508
    -

    The EESC is of the opinion that persisting imbalances as well as the creation of trust and confidence across Europe require more effective and democratic economic governance, notably in the Eurozone. It has become clear that the current system of rules underpinning the EU, and particularly the euro area, has created confusion on the legal, institutional and democratic fronts. A new approach is therefore needed. With this in mind, the Committee presents its contribution to the new five presidents' report which will propose next steps on better economic governance to the European Council in June. The EESC contribution summarises the different stages and puts forward institutional proposals and preparatory initiatives regarding the completion of the political pillar of the Economic and Monetary Union.

     

    EESC opinion: Completing EMU: The political pillar
    Preparing for Next Steps on Better Economic Governance in the Euro Area - presentation by Baudouin Regout (European commission)
    Completing Political Union: How the Euro-Union could work - presentation by Ulrike Guérot (The European Democracy Lab, European School of Governance, Berlin)
    The political and institutional aspects of further euro area integration - presentation by Elmar Brok (European Parliament)
    The political and institutional aspects of further EMU area integration - presentation by Bernard Snoy (ELEC)
    The political and institutional aspects of further euro area integration - presentation by Johannes Lindner (ECB)
  • Elfogadott vélemények on 19/03/2015
    Hivatkozás
    ECO/375-EESC-2014-01-01-07288-00-00-ac-tra
    Employers - GR I
    Ireland
    Workers - GR II
    Italy
    Plenary session number
    506
    -

    The European economic governance rules, conceived in crisis, played an important role in fiscal consolidation and economic policy coordination, but the cost was high in terms of growth and employment. The quantitative easing measures now being embarked upon by the European Central Bank need to be matched by greater political initiatives by the Member States. In the review of the Multiannual Financial Framework in 2016, there is a need to back urgent structural reforms of common EU interest with some form of fiscal capacity. A reasonable deviation from the 3% deficit parameter should be considered as a temporary exception for a given number of years and not be automatically liable to sanctions. A lack of implementation of country-specific recommendations (CSRs) could be countered by real involvement of civil society and the social partners in drawing up CSRs.

    EESC opinion: Economic governance review
    IIEA Economic Governance Group - Submission on Analytical Note “Preparing for Next Steps on Better Economic Governance in the Euro Area”
  • Elfogadott vélemények on 19/03/2015
    Hivatkozás
    ECO/374-EESC-2014-07287-00-03-ac-tra
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    United Kingdom
    Plenary session number
    506
    -

    The EESC welcomes the Investment Plan for Europe as a step in the right direction, which however faces serious questions about the Plan's size and timescale, the high degree of leverage expected and the potential flow of suitable projects. The Plan proposes that contributions to the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) from Member States will not be included in budget deficit calculations and this is to be welcomed, but it begs the question as to why ongoing strategic public infrastructure expenditures are not treated in the same way. Strategic public investment which underpins present and future economic development should be incentivised by a more benign European fiscal framework.

    EESC opinion: An Investment Plan for Europe
    Achim Truger - Implementing the Golden Rule for Public Investment in Europe
  • Elfogadott vélemények on 18/02/2015
    Hivatkozás
    ECO/371-EESC-2014-04516-00-01-AC-TRA
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Spain
    Plenary session number
    505
    -

    The EESC considers it vital to preserve the "biodiversity" of the financial system, without this meaning the arbitrary application of rules. In this context the Committee applauds the consideration the European Commission has given to the introduction of calibrated financial regulation frameworks to consider the specificities of cooperative and savings banks that avoid the undesirable effects of uniform application of prudential rules and possibly an overload of administrative burdens.

    EESC opinion: Role of cooperative and savings banks in territorial cohesion
  • Elfogadott vélemények on 10/12/2014
    Hivatkozás
    ECO/368-EESC-2014-01-01-3998
    Workers - GR II
    Italy
    Plenary session number
    503
    -
    EESC opinion: EU Strategy for the Alpine Region