Competitiveness

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  • Adopted on 25/04/2024 - Bureau decision date: 21/09/2023
    Reference
    ECO/631-EESC-2023
    Plenary session number
    587
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    This opinion focuses on the reform and investment measures in the Member States, in particular those based on the Country-Specific Recommendations 2023, and their implementation, in order to assess the effectiveness of these measures and the possibilities for better targeting of proposals, improved implementation and the monitoring and involvement of organised civil society in the procedures. This opinion also looks at issues concerning the ongoing reform of the EU’s economic governance rules, the central objective of which is to strengthen public debt sustainability while promoting sustainable and inclusive growth in all Member States through reforms and investment. Moreover, the opinion continues the previous consultation exercises by examining the state of the implementation of the reforms and investments provided for in the national Recovery and Resilience Plans and which are financially supported by RRF funds.

    EESC opinion: Reform and investment proposals and their implementation in the Member States – what is the opinion of organised civil society? (2023-2024 European Semester cycle)
  • Adopted on 24/04/2024
    Reference
    ECO/637-EESC-2024
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Greece
    Plenary session number
    587
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    Already in 2018 the European Commission has proposed a Regulation on a mechanism to resolve legal and administrative obstacles in a cross-border context for the programming period 2021-2027. At the time, the EESC has adopted its opinion on 19 September 2018, and the European Parliament adopted its first-reading position on the proposal in February 2019. However, the Council's working party on structural measures decided to cease work on the proposal in May 2021. In October 2022, to break the impasse and take the lead on this issue, the EP's Committee on Regional Development started drawing up a legislative-initiative report, calling on the Commission to present a new legislative proposal. The EP voted the report at its September 2023 plenary session.

    EESC opinion: Facilitating cross-border solutions
  • Ongoing (updated on 25/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 21/03/2024
    Reference
    ECO/649-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Romania
    Plenary session number
    591
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  • Ongoing (updated on 24/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 21/03/2024
    Reference
    ECO/648-EESC-01524
    Workers - GR II
    Romania
    Plenary session number
    591
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  • Adopted on 20/03/2024 - Bureau decision date: 11/07/2023
    Reference
    ECO/630-EESC-2023-04451
    Plenary session number
    586
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    At the request of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the EESC is drawing up this opinion to suggest recommendations on how to tackle inequalities, foster upwards social convergence and strengthen social security systems and ensure its long-term affordability, in an EU economic governance framework/European Semester defined around debt sustainability, productive investments and reforms. This opinion is also focusing on the implications of such a framework for the European Semester, and the further strengthening of the social pillar herein. Finally, the opinion also looks at ways of continuing to further develop fiscal instruments that have a stabilising role at the European level, based e.g. on the experience of SURE.

    EESC opinion: Boosting long-term inclusive growth through reforms and investment
  • Ongoing (updated on 02/05/2024) - Bureau decision date: 15/02/2024
    Reference
    INT/1064-EESC
    Employers - GR I
    Bulgaria
    Plenary session number
    592
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    The aim of the opinion is to draw attention to the impact of the non-Schengen status of Bulgaria and Romania and neighbouring EU-countries on the Single Market, to assess the impact of non-Schengen membership on the competitiveness of these countries and the potential costs/benefits of Schengen for them, and to propose recommendations for policy-makers on how to address the negative effects of non-Schengen on the Single Market.

  • Ongoing (updated on 23/05/2024) - Bureau decision date: 13/02/2024
    Reference
    ECO/646-EESC-2024-2024-00987
    Employers - GR I
    Italy
    Plenary session number
    588
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    According to Article 175 of the TFEU the Commission shall submit a report to the European Parliament, the Council, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, every three years, on the progress towards achieving economic, social and territorial cohesion.

    The 9th report which covers the first period (2021-2023) of the programming period 2021-2027 will include a record of progress made towards achieving economic, social and territorial cohesion, including the socio-economic situation of regions as well as the integration of EU priorities. It will also include, where appropriate, an indication of future EU measures and policies necessary to strengthen cohesion, as well as to deliver EU priorities.

    EESC section opinion: Ninth report on economic, social and territorial cohesion
  • Adopted on 14/02/2024 - Bureau decision date: 24/10/2023
    Reference
    ECO/634-EESC-2023
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Romania
    Plenary session number
    585
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    Every year in February, the EESC adopts an opinion on Annual Sustainable Growth Survey, which the Commission usually presents at the end of November in the year before. This communication outlines the economic and employment policy priorities for the EU for the following 12 months, with a view to mitigating the negative impacts of the energy shocks in the short term and to foster sustainable growth and increase the EU’s resilience in the medium term. The structured approach, like in previous years, centres around the four dimensions of competitive sustainability and in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The ASGS also continues to guide Member States in the implementation of the national Recovery and Resilience Plans (RRPs). The EESC's opinion on the ASGS 2024 is due to be adopted at the plenary session of 24-25 February 2024.

    EESC opinion: Annual Sustainable Growth Survey 2024
  • Ongoing (updated on 25/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 18/01/2024
    Reference
    ECO/641-EESC-2024-00699
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Italy
    Plenary session number
    589
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    On 13 June 2023 the EC proposed a Council Recommendation on developing social economy framework conditions and noted that taxation policies can have "a significant role in fostering the social economy and ensuring that social economy entities can afford to operate alongside mainstream businesses, creating a more equitable business environment while contributing to social inclusion and improved access to employment". Given the wide and general approach of EC proposal – including inter alia references to the role of State aid, public procurement, and European funds – the above-mentioned taxation aspects need to be analysed and considered by the EESC.

  • Ongoing (updated on 30/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 18/01/2024
    Reference
    ECO/645-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Slovakia
    Plenary session number
    591
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