SMEs

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  • Adopted on 25/05/2016 - Bureau decision date: 08/12/2015
    Reference
    SOC/527-EESC-2016-01-01-00050-00-01-ac-tra
    (Denmark
    EESC opinion: European Accessibility Act
  • Adopted on 09/12/2015
    Reference
    ECO/383-EESC-2015-02961-00-01-ac-tra
    Workers - GR II
    Romania
    Employers - GR I
    Portugal
    Plenary session number
    512
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    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.

    Slideshow DG TAXUD – A Fair and Efficient Corporate Taxation
  • Adopted on 16/09/2015
    Reference
    INT/755-EESC-2015-01-01-00822-00-01-AC-TRA
    Employers - GR I
    Netherlands
    Plenary session number
    510
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    Background document
  • Adopted on 02/07/2015
    Reference
    REX/433-EESC-0000-01-01
    Employers - GR I
    France
    Diversity Europe - GR III
    Greece
    Plenary session number
    509
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    The own-initiative opinion will focus on the impact of the TTIP on SMEs and reflect on the provisions that would need to be included in the TTIP in order to take account of the specific character of SMEs in the negotiations and implementation of an eventual EU-US agreement. The opinion will also look at how to increase the awareness of SMEs as to existing support services and programmes, and particularly about the new business opportunities that may arise with this agreement.

  • Adopted on 19/03/2015
    Reference
    ECO/374-EESC-2014-01-01-07287-00-03-ac-tra
    Diversity Europe - GR III
    United Kingdom
    Plenary session number
    506
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    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.

    Achim Truger - Implementing the Golden Rule for Public Investment in Europe
  • Adopted on 18/02/2015
    Reference
    ECO/371-EESC-2014-01-01-04516-00-01-AC-TRA
    Diversity Europe - GR III
    Spain
    Plenary session number
    505
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    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.

  • Adopted on 09/07/2014
    Reference
    INT/741-EESC-2014-01-01-02102-00-00-AC-TRA
    Workers - GR II
    Spain
    Plenary session number
    500
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    The EESC welcomes the Commission communication and emphasises the growth potential of crowdfunding in the EU as an alternative source of funding. It also emphasises the dependence of SMEs on bank loans, a situation that will persist despite the existence of alternative sources which are not always easy to access. Therefore Crowdfunding should be explicitly recognised in the laws of the Member States as a new form of patronage.

  • Adopted on 25/03/2014
    Reference
    INT/739-EESC-2014-01-01-01436-00-00-AC-TRA
    Diversity Europe - GR III
    United Kingdom
    Plenary session number
    497
    -
  • Adopted on 25/03/2014
    Reference
    INT/724-EESC-2014-01-01-00025-00-00-AC-TRA
    Diversity Europe - GR III
    France
    Plenary session number
    497
    -
  • Adopted on 10/12/2013
    Reference
    INT/721-EESC-2013-01-01-6135
    Diversity Europe - GR III
    Sweden
    Plenary session number
    494
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    The EESC welcomes the debate on social impact measurements for social enterprises. However it feels that an incorrect or rushed approach may counteract the EU Institutions’ aim to support the development of the social enterprise sector. The EESC therefore urges the Commission to prioritise further awareness-raising and full implementation of the Social Business Initiative agenda. It recommends that, rather than developing a new method, the Commission build awareness of the most commonly used principles.