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Opinion
Għaddejjin (updated on 28/11/2020)
Referenza: 
ECO/538-EESC-2020-05237
Sessjoni plenarja: 
557 -
Jan 27, 2021 Jan 28, 2021

Memo ta’ informazzjoni: Euro area economic policy 2021

Opinion
Adottati on 18/09/2020
Referenza: 
ECO/510-EESC-2020-2020-00997
Sessjoni plenarja: 
554 -
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

The EESC proposes launching a European pact to effectively combat tax fraud, evasion and avoidance and money laundering. The Committee calls on the European Commission to promote a political initiative involving national governments and the other European institutions in achieving this goal, fostering the consensus needed for this and involving civil society. Cooperation between Member States should be the main pillar of the pact. The Committee urges the European institutions and the Member States to provide the financial and human resources required for the effective implementation of existing European legislation and to agree on a commitment to adopt all necessary new legislative and administrative measures to effectively combat tax offences and bad practices, money laundering and the activities of tax havens. This requires permanent evaluation of the outcome of implementing each measure.

Opinjoni tal-KESE: Combat tax fraud, tax avoidance and money laundering

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Opinion
Adottati on 15/07/2020
Referenza: 
ECO/523-EESC-2020-02886-00-00-AC-TRA
Sessjoni plenarja: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

The EESC strongly supports the Commission's proposal – Next Generation EU – as a specific tool for a quick and effective recovery.

The EESC takes a very positive view of the Commission's two main decisions:

  1. to introduce an extraordinary financial recovery instrument as part of the multiannual financial framework
  2. to raise common debt, which will be repaid over a long period of time, and prevent the extraordinary financial burden from falling directly on the Member States in the short run.

The EESC strongly welcomes the fact that the newly proposed instrument should be closely coordinated with the European Semester process, and furthermore welcomes the Commission's proposal to introduce additional genuine own resources based on different taxes (revenues from the EU Emissions Trading System, digital taxation, large companies' revenues).

Opinjoni tal-KESE: Recovery plan for Europe and the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027

Opinion
Adottati on 15/07/2020
Referenza: 
INT/899-EESC-2020
Sessjoni plenarja: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

The EESC supports the Commission's 'Long-term action plan for better implementation and enforcement of single market rules' and endorses the Communication on Identifying and tackling barriers to the single market.
The EESC believes that the insufficient or inadequate application of EU rules has been the Achilles heel of EU law and that therefore many instances of fraud and illegal behaviour have not been dealt with. It urges the Commission to include in the action plan a clearly defined role for civil society actors, entrepreneurs, workers and consumers
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Opinjoni tal-KESE: Single Market Enforcement Action Plan

Opinion
Adottati on 19/02/2020
Referenza: 
ECO/503-EESC-2019-04990
Sessjoni plenarja: 
550 -
Feb 19, 2020 Feb 20, 2020

The EESC is concerned to note the euro area's economic downturn and the gradual end to a fall in unemployment, wedded to the persistent higher incidence of risk factors affecting economic performance. It is the European Green Deal that the EESC sees as the backbone of the future EU and euro-area economic configuration – the potential start of a fundamental change and a turning point. If managed successfully, it could move Europe up a gear economically and socially; if not, its failure could fatally jeopardise the integrity of the EU.

Opinjoni tal-KESE: Euro area economic policy 2020

Opinion
Adottati on 17/07/2019
Referenza: 
ECO/491-EESC-2019-00699

In the opinion, the Committee states that taxation policy in general and combating tax fraud in particular must remain a priority for the next European Commission. In this line, the EESC endorses a debate on gradually shifting to QMV and the ordinary legislative procedure in tax matters, while recognising that all Member States must at all times have sufficient possibilities to participate in the decision-making process.  Moreover, the Committee believes that any new rule must be fit-for-purpose and that certain conditions need to be met to successfully implement QMV: a sufficiently strong EU budget; better coordinated economic policy; and a substantial analytical work assessing to what extent current tax measures have been insufficient.

Opinjoni tal-KESE: Taxation – qualified majority voting

Opinion
Adottati on 17/07/2019
Referenza: 
ECO/493-EESC-2019-01345
Sessjoni plenarja: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

Although considerable progress has already been made towards completing EMU, there is still a need to significantly reinforce all four of its pillars, taking care to maintain the balance between them, as neglecting one or more of these pillars could result in dangerous disparities. Resilience to crises is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for completing EMU: it also requires a positive vision, as set out in Article 3 of the EU Treaty. The EESC generally calls on the European institutions and national governments to take much more ambitious action in the context of EMU reform in order to achieve a more integrated, more democratic and socially better developed Union.

Opinjoni tal-KESE: A new vision for completing the Economic and Monetary Union (own initiative opinion)

Opinion
Adottati on 17/10/2018
Referenza: 
ECO/472-EESC-2018-3054

The EESC welcomes and endorses the rationale behind the establishment of the Reform Support Programme. However, the EESC believes that, in order to launch the programme successfully and obtain the expected benefits, better responses are needed to a number of still open questions.

 

Opinjoni tal-KESE: Reform Support Programme

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