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Ongoing (updated on 19/02/2019)
Referentie: 
ECO/491-EESC-2019-00699
Plenary session: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

Information memo: Taxation – qualified majority voting

Ongoing (updated on 19/02/2019)
Referentie: 
ECO/481-EESC-2018-05434
Plenary session: 
541 -
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 21, 2019

The EESC welcomes the reforms aimed at increasing high-quality investment and productivity growth, inclusiveness and institutional quality, and to ensure macro-financial stability and sound public finances. The EESC also welcomes the recognition of the need for investment focused on education and training and the need to strengthen the EU’s social dimension. However, it remains to be specified how these objectives are to be achieved. The EESC underlines that progress is very slow and proposals often rather modest in areas where new policies have been proposed, including fair taxation, the banking union and the functioning of the euro area. Moreover, the EESC recognises the importance of addressing climate change but measures so far adopted remain insufficient.

 

EESC section opinion: Annual Growth Survey 2019 (communication)

Ongoing (updated on 19/02/2019)
Referentie: 
NAT/755-EESC-2018-04568
Plenary session: 
541 -
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 21, 2019

The own-initiative opinion aims to analyse the link between current food systems and diet-related diseases;  identify policies, tools and instruments that are needed to foster healthier diets both on the supply and demand side, for example sustainable dietary guidelines, sustainable food labelling schemes, education modules in school curricula, information campaigns, specific agricultural schemes (such as the EU school food scheme), food product reformulation, etc.; highlight examples of good practices at national and local level - including civil society and business initiatives; contribute to the debate on the implementation of food-related SDGs and in the context of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition; provide recommendations for future EU action.

EESC section opinion: Promoting healthy and sustainable diets in the EU (own-initiative opinion)

Ongoing (updated on 19/02/2019)
Referentie: 
INT/880-EESC

Blockchain can be compared to a huge public and anonymous book, to which each and everyone can contribute freely. Social Economy and blockchain have the concept of cooperation in common. The opinion will try to explore how blockchain could serve as a tool for Social Economy, how it could build an infrastructure which would allow  for this economic model to reinforce its societal impact and therefore  contribute to a better world by focusing on values like fairness, cooperation and solidarity.

Information memo: Blockchain and distributed ledger technology as an ideal infrastructure for Social Economy (Own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 24/01/2019
Referentie: 
ECO/469-EESC-2018-02779-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
540 -
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 24, 2019

The EESC welcome the definitive destination principle-based VAT system for taxing goods in B2B relations and reminds that it is an important achievement proving the continuous consolidation of the EU internal market. The Committee urges the Commission to explore how a common VAT system for both services and goods can be rolled out as quickly as possible. The EESC recommends greater collaboration between national fiscal and enforcement authorities in order to make the new destination-based VAT system more effective in terms of both effectiveness against fraud and reliability in favour of European enterprises.

EESC opinion: Implementing the definitive VAT system

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Definitive VAT system intra-Union trade of goods COM(2018)329_European Commission presentaton

Adopted on 23/01/2019
Referentie: 
REX/510-EESC-2018-EESC-2018-05144-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
540 -
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 24, 2019

Composition of the study Group

Administrator in charge: Katarina Albrechtova | Assistant: Judith Landesz

Key points:

The EU today faces an increasing demand for a constructive dialogue with civil society on trade, as seen with CETA and TTIP. Domestic advisory groups (DAG) are a great way to connect citizens with trade issues. DAG should responsibly advise on all aspects of EU Trade Agreements.

Domestic advisory groups should be advisory, consultative, institutionalized and competent to cover all provisions of FTAs.

The EESC considers that the participation of civil society in all FTAs is an indispensable element in the strategic ambitions of the external policies of the EU.

The EESC considers its participation in DAGs valuable and wishes to continue to be part of all of them.

EESC opinion: The role of Domestic Advisory Groups in monitoring the implementation of Free Trade Agreements

Ongoing (updated on 18/02/2019)
Referentie: 
SOC/612-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The opinion, requested by the Romanian Presidency, aims to look at possible ways through which people can acquire solid knowledge about the European Union, its foundations, procedures and actions, as well as its positive achievements and the concrete benefits it offers. This type of education would contribute towards building citizens' ownership over the European decision-making process and ensure that their vision, needs and priorities are adequately reflected in the European agenda at all levels.

Information memo: Education about the European Union: its functioning, positive achievements and concrete benefits for citizens (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Romanian Presidency)

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