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  • Statement of the President of the Employers' Group

    On 20 February 2019 the EESC adopted an opinion calling for an EU framework directive on minimum income. The Employers' Group fully shares the view of the EESC that fighting against poverty is a necessity. However, for us the instrument proposed in the opinion is not the correct one. For this reason, the Group tabled a counter-opinion, presenting its views on measures needed to reduce poverty. The counter opinion was supported by almost 40% of the EESC Members.

  • The government, representatives of organised civil society and other interest groups call for fresh impetus for the European Union

  • VAT tax reform

    A new VAT system for taxing trade between Member States must tap its full potential and limit any possible negative effects for the single market, says the European Economic and Social Committee in its recently adopted opinion on a proposal presented by the European Commission. Greater collaboration between national authorities and extensive communication by the Commission will be key to its successful implementation. Clarifications are needed on some proposed concepts and criteria and a common system for goods and services must follow as soon as possible.

  • Stakeholders stressed the importance of cohesion policy and the need for appropriate and effective funding

  • The Diversity Europe Group recently organised a structured brainstorming session aiming at encouraging its Members to think out of the box and to come up with ideas to feed into proposals for the Sibiu Summit on the Future of Europe. This session kick-started our Group's contribution to the EESC Roadmap 'From Cracow to Sibiu and beyond'. 

     

     

  • Reference number
    37/2018

    The European economy loses over 2% of productivity per year due to a mismatch of skills, according to a recent study commissioned by the European Economic and Social Committee. This means a loss of 80 eurocents for each hour of work. The situation will get even worse in the future due to demographic trends and ongoing technological developments, if no reforms are undertaken.

  • Reference number
    23/2018

    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has used an own-initiative opinion to call for sufficient funding resources to be put in place for implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights. Adopted at its plenary session on 19 April 2018, the opinion calls for improvements in the Member States and a robust commitment in terms of budget, investment and current spending to make the Social Pillar a reality.

  • Lessons learned

    O CESE propõe medidas para evitar os rigores da austeridade no futuro e compensar o impacto negativo da gestão da passada crise

    A gestão das futuras crises deve permitir um melhor equilíbrio entre objetivos orçamentais e sociais, para prevenir efeitos negativos sobre a capacidade económica, o mercado de trabalho e os regimes de segurança social dos países afetados. Em vez de uma austeridade restritiva, em futuras situações de crise as instituições da UE deveriam aplicar políticas que favoreçam a cooperação económica, o crescimento e a solidariedade.

  • O CESE recomenda um estímulo orçamental centrado no investimento público que privilegie, ao mesmo tempo, as reformas estruturais para aumentar a produtividade e apoiar a criação de emprego de qualidade

    O Comité Económico e Social Europeu (CESE) discorda da proposta da Comissão Europeia de uma orientação orçamental globalmente neutra em 2018, defendendo uma orientação orçamental moderadamente positiva de cerca de 0,5% do PIB.