In order to bring together the views of policymakers and organised civil society, at both EU and national level, the EESC is organising a high-level conference "Towards a more inclusive European Semester", to be held on Thursday, 28 February 2019, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The topics to be discussed will include the current state of the European economy, policy challenges within the European Semester process and the future of the semester.
Sezzjoni għall-Unjoni Ekonomika u Monetarja u l-Koeżjoni Ekonomika u Soċjali (ECO) - Related Events
The added value of cohesion policy as the main EU investment tool enshrined in the Treaties has lately been put into question, also due to the pressure that the current challenges are exerting on the EU decision-making process. Cohesion policy is presented as a distribution tool for financial support for less developed regions and the newer Member States, while the tangible results for the citizens, for the economy and for the overall convergence process at the EU level are strongly challenged.
In this context, the EESC is preparing an exploratory opinion and on Friday, 22 February 2019 will organise a public hearing on "The future of cohesion policy in the post-2020 period" bringing together officials, experts and civil society representatives.
In this public event organised on 5 February 2019 in Madrid, we are looking to kick-start a debate on the principle features of the European Union economy, its current state and governance, taking into account the present and perspectives for the future, as well as the economic policies related to macroeconomics, taxation and finance.
The Spanish economy will be discussed using a European perspective, framed by the economic situation and European policy.
Organized jointly by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Representation of the European Commission in Spain, the intention is to create a dialogue between representatives of civil society, the Spanish government and academia.
Taxation of enterprises that use digital technology is high on the political agenda. Goods are increasingly sold by including services provided over the internet. New business models are used and the need for a permanent establishment in a specific location is less pronounced than before. The EESC has been working on this thematic over the recent years and is currently drawing up an own-initiative opinion entitled Taxation in the digitalised economy. In this context the EESC will organise a public hearing Taxation in the Digitalised Economy – Which Way Forward? during which high-level participants will look at the digitalisation of the economy with a view to identifying possible solutions to the resulting taxation challenges - amongst others, on how to reform international taxation rights. The findings of the hearing will feed into the EESC opinion that will be adopted later in 2019.
Hearing on the European Regional Development and Cohesion Policy – Cohesion policy for the period 2021-2027
Hearing on Sustainable Finance - Ways forward after the Commission Action Plan
A sound system of financing sustainable growth, with a long-term approach, is the most important driver for restoring trust in the markets and connecting savings to sustainable investments, providing complementary sources of funding for SMEs and strengthening green and social infrastructure projects.
The challenges should be addressed harmoniously, through a joint effort by all, including actors in the financial sector, companies, citizens and authorities. It is also of utmost importance that in this field, the whole EU speaks with one voice and follows the same approach.
High-level conference on "The Multiannual Financial Framework post 2020: Challenges and opportunities" with the participation of representatives from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council presidency.
Following up on the vision set out in the Five Presidents' Report and the Reflection Papers on the Deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and the Future of EU Finances, the European Commission has recently put forward a package of seven communications and legislative proposals, providing for a series of concrete measures to be taken over the next 18 months to continue the process of deepening EMU. In this regard, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) believes that strengthening the architecture of EMU is indeed the only means we have to achieve higher investment and job creation, sustained economic growth, social fairness, better resilience to economic shocks and overall macroeconomic stability in Europe, and that in the coming months there is a window of opportunity to make further progress in this field.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is currently working on an own-initiative opinion entitled Lessons learned for avoiding the severity of austerity policies in the EU, with the aim to consolidate the lessons learned from the experience with austerity measures during a period of crisis management with a view to identifying possible preventive measures and alternative public policies.
The ECO Section of the European Economic and Social Committee organises a workshop on "Digitalization – the Future for Cities?" inviting three cities to participate: Paris, Tallinn, and Jun. The aim of this workshop is to discuss the cities’ growing role in the world’s undeniably changing environment. This year, specific focus will be given to modern concepts (technology, innovation, digitalisation etc.) which are rapidly gaining more and more importance in city regions. These three cities have proven examples that in several areas – such as transport, education, culture, e-governance, e-democracy and so on – digitalisation has significant social, environmental and economic added value.