A European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) hearing has drawn up preventive measures and alternative approaches for future crises
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For the EESC, European added value must be at the centre of economic decision-making within the debate on the future of Europe
"EU governance needs a common sense of purpose that goes beyond technical approaches and measures. It is primarily a matter of political will and a shared vision of Europe's future." That is how Joost van Iersel, president of the ECO section in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), summarises the EESC's position on the future of the European economy.
It is vital to foster economic growth; only if Europe has a strong economy, can it better face the political and social challenges that stand before it. This was one of the main messages of the EESC opinions adopted yesterday in Brussels. The EESC calls for more investment– both private and public – directly in the countries that need it most. The EU body representing Civil Society also finds that the Juncker plan is not enough ...
On 7th February, as we mark the 25th anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty, the European Economic and Social Committee turns to political leaders, the European civil society organisations which we represent, and all European citizens, with a call: the call for social and economic solidarity, which is urgently needed across Europe. 25 years ago, Europe was in turmoil: the aftermath of the Cold War; the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany; the path of Eastern European countries to democracy, all shaped the zeitgeist. Yet, on this momentous day in 1992, the 12 nations of the European Communities signed this European Treaty, thus creating the European Union as we know it and its greatest achievement, the single currency. Today, the geo-political landscape ...
There is no viable alternative to a more political Eurozone, focusing more on the big priorities that matter for its citizens than on specific numerical targets and technical issues. Once again, the EESC calls on the European political leaders to accelerate the process of deepening Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) in order to ensure more convergence among the Member States and to make the EU as a whole more prosperous, competitive and resilient to external shocks, within a concept of shared sovereignty.
The European Economic and Social Committee held a debate today on the state of the European economy and the prospects for deepening the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) with Pierre Moscovici, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs.
Last week the Council of Ministers decided to extend the European fund for strategic investments (EFSI 2.0), with an additional half a trillion euros of investments by 2020. The EESC Plenary today called for its immediate implementation, a geographically balanced coverage across the EU and ensuring the involvement of private capital. According to Alberto Mazzola, EESC rapporteur on EFSI: "We propose, while guaranteeing the proper use, an ever greater involvement of private capital: the bond market ...
On 30 November 2016, the ECO President, Joost van Iersel, attended a presentation and a discussion of a report on the outcome of the Eurochambers' questionnaire distributed among 50.000 European companies, mostly small- and medium-sized. The meeting was hosted by the Union of Chambers of Turkey.
Joost van Iersel, President of the ECO section, and Carmelo Cedrone, rapporteur on EMU, participate in a public conference organised by the Greens in the European Parliament
On 17 November 2016, the ECO President, Joost van Iersel, was invited to speak in a public conference in the European Parliament, debating the Greens' proposals for a reform of the euro area set-up. Mr van Iersel was accompanied by Carmelo Cedrone, EESC rapporteur on EMU. A number of other high-level speakers also addressed the conference, including Wolfgang Munchau, José Leandro, Frank Vandenbroucke, Sebasten Godinot, Veronica Nilsson and Gerhard Huemer.
EESC member Petr Zahradník attends the event as co-rapporteur for the new EESC opinion on the euro area economic policy recommendations for 2017
On 9 November 2016, Petr Zahradník, EESC Member and rapporteur, followed the structured dialogue between the EP ECON Committee and Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commission Vice-President for the euro and social dialogue, also in charge of financial stability, financial services and capital markets union. VP Dombrovskis' intervention was focused on several topics of the EU economic policy, the current state of the European economy and many regulatory issues related to financial markets, prudential supervision as well as the efficiency of the banking sector.