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Opinion
Goedgekeurd on 18/09/2020
Referentie: 
ECO/510-EESC-2020-2020-00997
Zitting: 
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.

advies EESC: Combat tax fraud, tax avoidance and money laundering

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Slideshow used by DG FISMA at the study group meeting ECO/510 on 8 June 2020

Opinion
Goedgekeurd on 16/09/2020
Referentie: 
INT/898-EESC-2020
Zitting: 
554 -
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

Europe is embarking on a transition towards climate neutrality and digital leadership. European businesses can lead the way as we enter this new age, as they has done in the past.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are essential to Europe’s competitiveness and prosperity. Based on the new SME Strategy, the EU will support SMEs by:

  • encouraging innovation through new funding and digital innovation hubs as part of the sustainable and digital transitions;
  • cutting red tape by reducing barriers within the Single Market and opening up access to finance;
  • allowing better access to finance by setting up an SME Initial Public Offering Fund (with investments channelled through a new private-public fund) and the ESCALAR initiative (a mechanism to boost the size of venture capital funds and attract more private investment).

advies EESC: SME strategy

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• Position paper "Strengthening SMEs: Way Forward to a Dedicated SME Strategy"

Opinion
Goedgekeurd on 15/07/2020
Referentie: 
ECO/523-EESC-2020-02886-00-00-AC-TRA
Zitting: 
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).

advies EESC: Recovery plan for Europe and the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027

Opinion
Goedgekeurd on 17/07/2019
Referentie: 
ECO/492-EESC-2019-01033

The absence of economic and social convergence among Member States and regions is a threat to the political sustainability of the European project and all the benefits it has brought to European citizens. Developing economic and labour market resilience with economic, social, environmental and institutional sustainability should be the principle guiding policies. This will foster upwards convergence and fairness in the transition towards a climate-neutral economy while managing the challenges posed by digitalisation and demographic change.

advies EESC: Towards a more resilient and sustainable European economy (own initiative opinion)

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Toward a more resilient and sustainable European economy - Civil Society Days 2019

Opinion
Goedgekeurd on 12/12/2018
Referentie: 
INT/872-EESC-2018-04706-00-00-AC-TRA

This proposal for an amendment of the Council Regulation (EU) 2015/1588 aims to improve the interplay of the future EU funding programmes with State aid rules. It will enable the Commission to make targeted modifications of current State aid rules.

advies EESC: Application of Articles 107 and 108 TFEU to certain categories of horizontal State aid

Opinion
Goedgekeurd on 12/12/2018
Referentie: 
INT/868-EESC-2018-04011-00-00-AC-TRA

The European Union competition policy has been in place for over sixty years. This annual report on competition policy is a non-exhaustive summary of activities undertaken by the Commission in the field of competition policy over the year 2017.

Traditionally, the EESC in its opinion comments on the main achievements and suggests improvements.

advies EESC: Report on Competition Policy 2017

Opinion
Goedgekeurd on 17/10/2018
Referentie: 
INT/841-EESC-2018-01917-00-00-AC-TRA

The EESC supports the proposals that enhance the international competitiveness of SMEs, reduce cost, harmonise and simplify processes for registration, filing of company changes and conversions. It believes that guidance by the Commission to the Member States on transposition of the directives is useful.

advies EESC: Package on European company law

Opinion
Goedgekeurd on 06/07/2017
Referentie: 
TEN/605-EESC-2016

advies EESC: Application of State aid rules for compensating the provision of services of general economic interest (Decision 2012/21/UE and Community Framework) (own-initiative opinion)

Opinion
Goedgekeurd on 19/10/2016
Referentie: 
NAT/680-EESC-2016-01870-00-00-ac-tra

Over recent years, there has been a shift in bargaining power in the food supply chain, mostly to the advantage of the retail sector and some transnational companies and to the detriment of suppliers, in particular primary producers. The concentration of bargaining power has led to the abuse of positions of dominance causing weaker operators to become increasingly vulnerable to Unfair Trading Practices (UTPs). The opinion takes stock of the impact of UTPs, stresses the difficult position of the most vulnerable actors along the chain and calls for action at EU level to stop UTPs and promote a fairer food supply chain.

advies EESC: Promoting a fairer agro-food supply chain

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