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  • Adopted on 25/10/2023 - Bureau decision date: 23/03/2023
    Reference
    ECO/620-EESC-2023
    Employers - GR I
    Greece
    Workers - GR II
    Spain
    Plenary session number
    582
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    Every year in February, the EESC adopts an opinion on Annual Sustainable Growth Survey, which the Commission usually presents at the end of November in the year before. The Committee works under tight deadlines, in anticipation of the referral, to finalise the opinion before the March Council discussion on the topic. To reinforce the Committee's impact throughout the entire European Semester, an own-initiative opinion with additional considerations is regularly produced by October taking into account the overall European Semester, which plays a central role in implementing the Recovery and Resilience Facility and is vital in current discussions about the review of the EU macro-economic governance framework.

    EESC opinion: Additional considerations on the Annual Sustainable Growth Survey 2023
  • Ongoing (updated on 31/01/2024) - Bureau decision date: 21/09/2023
    Reference
    ECO/631-EESC
    Plenary session number
    587
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    This opinion focuses on the reform and investment measures in the Member States, in particular those based on the Country-Specific Recommendations 2023, and their implementation, in order to assess the effectiveness of these measures and the possibilities for better targeting of proposals, improved implementation and the monitoring and involvement of organised civil society in the procedures. This opinion also looks at issues concerning the ongoing reform of the EU’s economic governance rules, the central objective of which is to strengthen public debt sustainability while promoting sustainable and inclusive growth in all Member States through reforms and investment. Moreover, the opinion continues the previous consultation exercises by examining the state of the implementation of the reforms and investments provided for in the national Recovery and Resilience Plans and which are financially supported by RRF funds.

  • Adopted on 21/09/2023 - Bureau decision date: 25/04/2023
    Reference
    ECO/622-EESC-2023
    Workers - GR II
    Spain
    Diversity Europe - GR III
    Italy
    Plenary session number
    581
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    The EESC welcomes the simpler and more transparent economic governance framework, the reduction of the pro-cyclical bias, the improvement in national ownership and strengthened enforcement, the differentiation and more tailored fiscal adjustment path of each Member State, based on a common-risk framework. However, the Committee proposes replacing the requirement obliging any Member State with a budget deficit of over 3% to cut that deficit by an average of 0.5% of GDP annually, and emphasises that the "technical trajectory" should be first in the hands of national governments and, at a second stage, be the result of a technical dialogue with the European Commission In due course. In due time, but by 2026 at the latest, an EU fiscal capacity should be established to meet at least some of the investment needs for common priorities and to allow Member States the fiscal space to meet the fiscal costs of the multiple transitions.

    EESC opinion: New economic governance rules fit for the future
  • Adopted on 20/09/2023 - Bureau decision date: 13/06/2023
    Reference
    ECO/625-EESC-2023-03172
    Plenary session number
    581
    -

    The EESC has issued key recommendations for the mid-term revision of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027. The Committee calls for a prompt agreement on the MFF revision still this year, to guarantee continued financial backing of Ukraine and financing the EU´s evolving political priorities. However, the EESC criticizes the proposed changes as being too limited and lacking ambition, resembling mere patches. It advocates for long-term strategies centred on fiscal sustainability, efficient resource allocation, and measures to guard against unexpected events. Civil society should be engaged for effective planning and monitoring of MFF programmes.

    EESC opinion: Mid-term revision of the Multiannual Financial Framework
  • Ongoing (updated on 20/02/2024) - Bureau decision date: 11/07/2023
    Reference
    ECO/630-EESC-2023-04451
    Plenary session number
    586
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    At the request of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the EESC is drawing up this opinion to suggest recommendations on how to tackle inequalities, foster upwards social convergence and strengthen social security systems and ensure its long-term affordability, in an EU economic governance framework/European Semester defined around debt sustainability, productive investments and reforms. This opinion is also focusing on the implications of such a framework for the European Semester, and the further strengthening of the social pillar herein. Finally, the opinion also looks at ways of continuing to further develop fiscal instruments that have a stabilising role at the European level, based e.g. on the experience of SURE.

  • Adopted on 13/07/2023 - Bureau decision date: 25/01/2023
    Reference
    ECO/611-EESC-2023-00679
    Workers - GR II
    Romania
    Plenary session number
    580
    -
    EESC opinion: The economics of an "EU Blue deal"
  • Adopted on 12/07/2023 - Bureau decision date: 21/02/2023
    Reference
    CCMI/215-EESC-2023-2023-01246
    Diversity Europe - GR III
    Italy
    (Sweden
    Plenary session number
    580
    -

    In a geopolitical context of increasing power competition and intensification of threats to the EU and its Member States, EU leaders have identified space as a strategic domain in the Strategic Compass and have called for an EU Space Strategy for security and defence. The European Commission presented on 10 March such strategy aiming to enhancing the resilience and protection of space systems and services in the EU, responding to space threats, enhancing the use of space for security and defence and partnering for responsible behaviours in outer space.

    The preparatory meeting between the rapporteur, the corapporteur and the president of the study group is scheduled for 31 March. The first study group meeting and an expert hearing are scheduled for 3 May and the second study group meeting on 31 May. The document will go to CCMI meeting on 22 June and to EESC plenary on 12-13 July.

    EESC opinion: EU space strategy for security and defence
  • Adopted on 14/06/2023 - Bureau decision date: 23/01/2023
    Reference
    ECO/609-EESC-2023
    Workers - GR II
    Italy
    Employers - GR I
    Greece
    Plenary session number
    579
    -

    Since 2016, as requested by the Council, every second year the Commission publishes a report on the implementation of the existing macro-regional strategies (MRS). This is the fourth report, covering the period from mid-2020 to mid-2022. It assesses the state of play and progress on implementing the MRS and examines ways forward especially in the context of the war in Ukraine and the COVID-19 crisis. 

    EESC opinion: Implementation of EU macro-regional strategies
  • Adopted on 14/06/2023 - Bureau decision date: 23/01/2023
    Reference
    ECO/610-EESC-2023
    Workers - GR II
    Lithuania
    Plenary session number
    579
    -

    The movement of skilled workers out of regions already suffering from lower economic development may further undermine the growth and development potential of these regions. Such a "brain drain" from vulnerable EU regions therefore may contribute to widening territorial disparities, going against the objective of territorial cohesion set out in Article 174 TFEU. Given the cross-border impact of such developments the Commission considers that action at EU level is necessary.

    EESC opinion: Harnessing talents in EU regions
  • Adopted on 27/04/2023 - Bureau decision date: 23/01/2023
    Reference
    SOC/764-EESC-2023-01-01
    Workers - GR II
    Finland
    Employers - GR I
    Bulgaria
    Plenary session number
    578
    -

    The EESC welcomes the Commission Communication and the Commission proposal for a Recommendation on strengthening social dialogue in the European Union. The Committee is fully aligned with the view that social dialogue can be a beneficial tool to drive economic and social resilience, competitiveness, and sustainable and inclusive growth. Establishing a common effective framework, to be implemented at national level for the involvement of social partners, might help ensure that effective and quality consultations with national social partners take place.

    EESC opinion: Strengthening social dialogue