The Commission’s new programme on youth volunteering could foster European solidarity, but needs fresh funds, says the EESC
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For the EESC, European added value must be at the centre of economic decision-making within the debate on the future of Europe
"EU governance needs a common sense of purpose that goes beyond technical approaches and measures. It is primarily a matter of political will and a shared vision of Europe's future." That is how Joost van Iersel, president of the ECO section in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), summarises the EESC's position on the future of the European economy.
The EU aims to ensure clean, competitive and connected mobility integrating all means of transport by 2025. In an opinion drafted by the TEN section and adopted at the EESC October plenary session, the Committee urges the Commission to further improve the regulatory framework in order to establish an efficient Single European Transport Area.
Taxation policy should be more prominent in European development policy, says the EESC
The EU institution should promote a positive image of civil society organisations, preserve their independence and ensure they are properly funded, the EESC says
A realistic future for the European Union can only be based on marrying a sound economic basis with a strong social dimension, EESC says
EU Member States must work together and make every effort to achieve common international regulations for truly digital businesses
The European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans thanked the EESC members for their contribution to the Commission's 2018 work programme, which was presented in July 2017. He stressed that the EESC's contribution had had an impact on the programme he would be presenting next week. "We are pleased that you have involved us in the decision-making process but we will be even happier if you involve us even more", commented Georges Dassis, President of the EESC.