The EESC supports the Commission's proposal which will allow for the creation of the European Foundation (FE), for which it has called already in 2010 in its own-initiative opinion (INT/498). The EESC recommends adopting the proposal without delay. As an optional instrument, FE will give the opportunity to foundations opting for the statute to work in each EU country without the need to create local structures, provided that the foundation will be recognised in the country of origin of its creation.
The objective of the opinion, requested by the Romanian Presidency, is to explore which measures and initiatives should be taken at EU and national level in order to promote organised philanthropy and eliminate barriers within the internal market that are hindering the realisation of its full potential, so as to maximize its contribution to EU values, such as cohesion, social justice and European Policies, and to the competitiveness of the European economy.
The opinion is expected to feed into the Romanian presidency programme and into the political priorities for the new Commission.