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Opinion
Pieņemtie on 27/05/2015
Atsauce: 
ECO/381-EESC-2015-01828-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenārsesija: 
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May 27, 2015 May 28, 2015

The EESC welcomes the Proposal for a Directive presented by the European Commission, through which the Commission is continuing to implement the measures included in the action plan to strengthen the fight against tax fraud and tax evasion. Information on advance tax rulings and advance pricing arrangements is very important and can help the Member States to trace artificial transactions. The EESC recommends that the Member States make efforts to ensure that the provisions of the proposal for a directive are transposed correctly.

EESK atzinums: Tax Transparency Package

Opinion
Pieņemtie on 27/05/2015
Atsauce: 
ECO/376-EESC-2015-00551-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenārsesija: 
508 -
May 27, 2015 May 28, 2015

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.

 

EESK atzinums: Completing EMU: The political pillar

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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)

Opinion
Pieņemtie on 19/03/2015
Atsauce: 
ECO/375-EESC-2014-07288-00-00-ac-tra
Plenārsesija: 
506 -
Mar 18, 2015 Mar 19, 2015

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.

EESK atzinums: Economic governance review

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IIEA Economic Governance Group - Submission on Analytical Note “Preparing for Next Steps on Better Economic Governance in the Euro Area”

Opinion
Pieņemtie on 19/03/2015
Atsauce: 
ECO/374-EESC-2014-07287-00-03-ac-tra
Plenārsesija: 
506 -
Mar 18, 2015 Mar 19, 2015

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.

EESK atzinums: An Investment Plan for Europe

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Achim Truger - Implementing the Golden Rule for Public Investment in Europe

Opinion
Pieņemtie on 18/02/2015
Atsauce: 
ECO/371-EESC-2014-04516-00-01-AC-TRA
Plenārsesija: 
505 -
Feb 18, 2015 Feb 19, 2015

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.

EESK atzinums: Role of cooperative and savings banks in territorial cohesion

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