Competitiveness

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  • Adopted on 15/07/2020 - Bureau decision date: 20/02/2020
    Reference
    ECO/513-EESC-2020-01-01
    Workers - GR II
    Malta

    While the recovery after COVID-19 crisis is a top priority, the EESC stresses that this should not steer the EU away from its medium and long-term objectives, as outlined in the European Green Deal, 2020 Sustainable Growth Strategy, and the European Pillar for Social Rights. There is a need for a resilient, technology-driven European economy that is defined by the protection of the environment. The EESC underlines that strategies aimed at enhanced economic sustainability need to be developed around productivity, but they cannot be allowed to happen at the expense of workers' rights and social development. The EESC advocates for re-thinking supply chains, underlines that social aspects should be emphasised, start-ups should be encouraged and that the cornerstone of sustainable economic growth in the EU should be the creation and development of a truly circular economy. Open dialogue with social partners and civil society remains key to setting the economic direction.

    EESC opinion: Enhancing sustainable economic growth across the EU
  • Adopted on 10/06/2020 - Bureau decision date: 21/01/2020
    Reference
    ECO/505-EESC-2020-2020-00463-00-00-TRA
    (Spain
    (Czech Republic

    The coronavirus outbreak will have a deep and negative impact on the achievement of the SDGs and the objectives of the European Green Deal. For this reason, the EESC insists on the need to face this urgent threat as soon as possible and focus our recovery efforts without undue delay on the SDGs and the Green Deal. The Sustainable Europe Investment Plan (SEIP) is the first comprehensive policy measure to fulfil very ambitious targets of carbon neutrality until 2050 in line with the EU Green Deal. While saluting the Green Deal's ambitions, the EESC regrets the lack of consistency with the budgetary allocation within the next Multiannual Financial Framework and also expresses its doubts about the effectiveness of climate mainstreaming in all EU programmes and calls on the Member States to involve civil society organisations in pushing for climate-proof EU spending.

    EESC opinion: European Green Deal Investment Plan
  • Adopted on 19/02/2020 - Bureau decision date: 29/10/2019
    Reference
    ECO/503-EESC-2019-01-01-04990
    (Czech Republic

    The EESC is concerned to note the euro area's economic downturn and the gradual end to a fall in unemployment, wedded to the persistent higher incidence of risk factors affecting economic performance. It is the European Green Deal that the EESC sees as the backbone of the future EU and euro-area economic configuration – the potential start of a fundamental change and a turning point. If managed successfully, it could move Europe up a gear economically and socially; if not, its failure could fatally jeopardise the integrity of the EU.

    EESC opinion: Euro area economic policy 2020
  • Adopted on 11/12/2019 - Bureau decision date: 24/01/2019
    Reference
    INT/883-EESC-2019-01-01-01356-00-00-AC-TRA
    Employers - GR I
    Greece

    This own-initiative opinion refers to what a comprehensive approach to industrial policy should include, in order to reposition European production of goods and services in the global context, on the basis of an eco-social open market model that responds to the tradition and the future of the EU.

    EESC opinion: "Use-value" is back: new prospects and challenges for European products and services (own-initiative opinion)
  • Adopted on 30/10/2019 - Bureau decision date: 14/05/2019
    Reference
    ECO/497-EESC-2019-01-01
    (Czech Republic
    EESC opinion: Euro area economic policy 2019 (additional opinion)
  • Adopted on 25/09/2019 - Bureau decision date: 19/03/2019
    Reference
    TEN/697-EESC-2019-01-01
    (Luxembourg
    EESC opinion: Social dimension of aviation (report)
  • Adopted on 17/07/2019 - Bureau decision date: 24/01/2019
    Reference
    ECO/493-EESC-2019-01345
    Workers - GR II
    Austria

    Although considerable progress has already been made towards completing EMU, there is still a need to significantly reinforce all four of its pillars, taking care to maintain the balance between them, as neglecting one or more of these pillars could result in dangerous disparities. Resilience to crises is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for completing EMU: it also requires a positive vision, as set out in Article 3 of the EU Treaty. The EESC generally calls on the European institutions and national governments to take much more ambitious action in the context of EMU reform in order to achieve a more integrated, more democratic and socially better developed Union.

    EESC opinion: A new vision for completing the Economic and Monetary Union (own initiative opinion)
  • Adopted on 17/07/2019 - Bureau decision date: 24/01/2019
    Reference
    ECO/492-EESC-2019-01033
    Workers - GR II
    Spain

    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.

    EESC opinion: Towards a more resilient and sustainable European economy (own initiative opinion)
    Civil Society Days 2019 - Workshop 6 Economy and democracy labour market resilient and sustainable pathway
  • Adopted on 19/06/2019 - Bureau decision date: 11/12/2018
    Reference
    ECO/486-EESC-2019-01-01-00069-00-00
    (Czech Republic
    Workers - GR II
    Spain

    The EESC welcomes the Investment Plan for Europe for its contribution to the promotion of investment in the EU. The Committee calls for clearly set investment targets, regulatory simplification and further guidance in order to achieve greater geographical and sectoral balance. The EESC advocates for strengthened financial capacity for the InvestEU programme within the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 and calls for more efforts to raise awareness among European businesses and citizens about the benefits obtained from the Investment Plan for Europe.

    EESC opinion: Investment Plan for Europe: stock-taking and next steps
  • Adopted on 19/06/2019 - Bureau decision date: 11/12/2018
    Reference
    ECO/489-EESC-2019-01-01-00073
    Workers - GR II
    Malta
    Employers - GR I
    Greece

    The EESC notes that the international role of the euro has not yet recovered to the pre-financial crisis level. Whereas the European Commission's proposed measures are welcome and deemed necessary by the EESC, they may not go far enough given the extent of the euro area's social and economic challenges. Social cohesion, economic upward convergence and the promotion of competitiveness and innovation should be the basis on which the euro area's economy gathers pace and supports a stronger international role for the euro.

    EESC opinion: Towards a stronger international role of the euro