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Opinion
Pieņemtie on 21/09/2016
Atsauce: 
ECO/407-EESC-2016-02391-00-00-ac-tra

Fighting against tax avoidance and aggressive tax planning, both at the EU and at a global level, is an important political priority for the European Union. The EESC welcomes and endorses the Commission proposal, which aims to make the taxation system more transparent as this measure will boost public confidence. The EESC suggests that the Commission should aim for a more ambitious package. It proposes the disclosure of a wider range of data, the gradual reduction of the turnover threshold of EUR 750 Million and that the disclosed data is made publicly available in one of the official languages of the EU in order to achieve the objective of giving the public genuine access to data for the whole single market.

EESK atzinums: Proposal on public tax transparency (country-by-country reporting)

Opinion
Pieņemtie on 13/07/2016
Atsauce: 
ECO/406-EESC-2016-02343-00-01-ac-tra

The EESC welcomes the "Action Plan on VAT", and calls for a  definitive VAT system that is clear, consistent, robust and comprehensive, as well as proportionate and future-proof. The Committee  welcomes the strong focus on closing the VAT gap and tackling the susceptibility of VAT to fraud. There should be results delivered without delay, including by improving cooperation between tax administrations. “Bona fide” enterprises should be protected and no new excessive measures should be imposed on them. The future system of reduced rates must combine flexibility and legal certainty, be transparent, and for the sake of simplicity the number of reduced rates and exemptions must be limited.

EESK atzinums: Action Plan on VAT

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VAT Action Plan - Measures to modernise VAT in the EU - Bertrand LAPALUS - DG TAXUD

Opinion
Pieņemtie on 27/04/2016
Atsauce: 
ECO/405-EESC-2016-01284-00-00-AC-TRA

The EESC has in numerous opinions urged for a fair, efficient and growth-friendly corporate tax system, based on the principle that companies should pay taxes in the country where profits are generated. Thus, the Committee welcomes the Commission’s initiatives intended to combat aggressive tax planning and broadly supports the proposed measures as regards the essential elements of the two legislative proposals, the Anti-Tax-Avoidance-Directive as well as the Directive on Administrative Cooperation. It advocates for a more precise scope and framework in certain specific areas (such as e.g. the switch-over clause). The Committee urges to finish drawing up the list of countries or regions which refuse to apply good governance standards and considers that the envisaged legislative measures should not apply to SMEs.

EESK atzinums: The Anti Tax Avoidance Package

Opinion
Pieņemtie on 16/03/2016
Atsauce: 
ECO/398-EESC-2016-00122-00-00-ac-tra

EESK atzinums: Structural Reform Support Programme for the period 2017 to 2020 and amending Regulations (EU) No 1303/2013 and (EU) No 1305/2013

Opinion
Pieņemtie on 16/03/2016
Atsauce: 
ECO/395-EESC-2015-06711-00-00-ac-tra

Competitiveness is not an end in itself. It is only a sensible objective if it improves people's well-being in practice. The EESC therefore recommends that an updated definition of competitiveness ("competitiveness 2.0") be used in future, taking into account "the ability of a country to deliver the beyond-GDP goals for its citizens". The EESC urges that future discussions refer not to "competitiveness boards" but to "boards for competitiveness, social cohesion and sustainability". The EESC asks the Commission to present concrete proposals on how the following necessary requirements with regards to these boards can be safeguarded: accountability, legitimacy and transparency; representation of balanced unbiased expertise; non-binding character of proposals of the boards; inclusion of the dual role of wages, both as a cost factor and as the main determinant of domestic demand.

EESK atzinums: Establishment of National Competitiveness Boards within the Euro Area

Opinion
Pieņemtie on 16/03/2016
Atsauce: 
ECO/397-EESC-2015-06712-00-01-ac-tra

The EESC welcomes the establishment of economic priority programmes for the euro area at the start of the European Semester. To achieve a recovery of growth and employment a mix of financial, taxation, budgetary, economic and social policies is needed. In contrast to the recommendation of the Commission, the focus of fiscal policy should be designed to be more expansionist than neutral. The EESC advocates the reduction of taxation on labour insofar as it does not threaten the financial sustainability of social protection systems. The EESC calls for a coordinated effort to create a more business-friendly environment for SMEs through better regulation, adequate financing and facilitation of exports to markets outside the EU. There is a particular need to open up new funding opportunities for micro-enterprises and start-ups.

EESK atzinums: Economic policy of the euro area

Opinion
Pieņemtie on 16/03/2016
Atsauce: 
ECO/394-EESC-2015-06709-00-00-ac-tra

The Commission communication on Steps towards completing EMU can provide a great opportunity to launch a debate at political level and with civil society to draw up conclusive proposals which go further than the current ones. It would be more useful to draw up a proposal for the European Semester as part of a comprehensive agreement on economic governance that goes beyond the status quo, changing macroconditionality and strengthening the Interparliamentary Conference. Democratic legitimacy is not tackled seriously by any of the Commission's operational proposals. The tripartite social dialogue could contribute to this matter. On the basis of its own roadmap, the EESC is committed to putting forward, possibly with the Commission, a plan on stage two (Completing EMU 2017-2025) to discuss these issues in the Member States, beginning with the euro area countries.

EESK atzinums: Steps towards Completing Economic and Monetary Union

Opinion
Pieņemtie on 09/12/2015
Atsauce: 
ECO/383-EESC-2015-02961-00-01-ac-tra
Plenārsesija: 
512 -
Dec 09, 2015 Dec 10, 2015

The EESC expresses its support for the Commission in combating the erosion of Member States' tax bases and unfair tax competition. The Committee in this context endorses the introduction of a CCCTB and is also pleased that the Commission has published a list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions. The EESC goes even further and proposes that EU rules should include sanctions for companies that continue to run their business through tax havens.

EESK atzinums: Action Plan on Fairer Corporate Taxation

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Slideshow DG TAXUD – A Fair and Efficient Corporate Taxation

Opinion
Pieņemtie on 17/09/2015
Atsauce: 
ECO/378-EESC-2015-02060-00-00-ac-tra
Plenārsesija: 
510 -
Sep 16, 2015 Sep 17, 2015

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.

EESK atzinums: Economy for the Common Good

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Towards a better measurement of welfare and inequalities

Scoping study to identify potential circular economy actions, priority sectors, material flows and value chains - European Commission

The circular economy - Connecting, creating and conserving value - European Commission

Opinion
Pieņemtie on 17/09/2015
Atsauce: 
CCMI/134-EESC-2015

Studies point to new dynamics in the world economy with substantial consequences for the competitiveness of national economies. The theme of the information report is inspired by a recent study of the Boston Consulting Group. In analysing in-depth the cost-related aspects in manufacturing among a great many countries the study proves that traditional views about the relationship between the developed and underdeveloped/emerging economies is becoming obsolete. In all groupings there are frontrunners and slow developers...

Shifting Economics in the World, Consequences for EU competitiveness (information report)

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