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Sprejeta on 17/07/2019
Referenca: 
ECO/491-EESC-2019-00699
Plenarno zasedanje: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

In the opinion, the Committee states that taxation policy in general and combating tax fraud in particular must remain a priority for the next European Commission. In this line, the EESC endorses a debate on gradually shifting to QMV and the ordinary legislative procedure in tax matters, while recognising that all Member States must at all times have sufficient possibilities to participate in the decision-making process.  Moreover, the Committee believes that any new rule must be fit-for-purpose and that certain conditions need to be met to successfully implement QMV: a sufficiently strong EU budget; better coordinated economic policy; and a substantial analytical work assessing to what extent current tax measures have been insufficient.

EESC opinion: Taxation – qualified majority voting

Sprejeta on 17/07/2019
Referenca: 
INT/880-EESC-2019-005220-00-00-ac-tra
Plenarno zasedanje: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

The EESC believes that the practical applications of blockchain technologies can significantly improve the performance of social economy organisations, benefiting them, their members and, above all, their end users. Besides, the EESC believes that real involvement of social economy and civil society organisations is imperative to ensure that the huge opportunities offered by the new technologies are geared towards delivering benefits, access, transparency and participation for all, and not just for a new "digital economy elite".

EESC opinion: Blockchain and distributed ledger technology as an ideal infrastructure for Social Economy (Own-initiative opinion)

Sprejeta on 19/06/2019
Referenca: 
INT/871-EESC-2019
Plenarno zasedanje: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

The opinion examines the possible introduction of a new concept into EU law: "low-profit". This concept would define all organisations that are likely to make a profit but that do not intend to distribute it to their owners or shareholders, as they have a different purpose.

EESC opinion: Towards an appropriate European legal framework for social economy enterprises (own-initiative opinion)

Sprejeta on 19/06/2019
Referenca: 
ECO/489-EESC-2019-2019-00073-00-00
Plenarno zasedanje: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

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

Sprejeta on 19/06/2019
Referenca: 
ECO/486-EESC-2019-2019-00069-00-00
Plenarno zasedanje: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

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

Sprejeta on 19/06/2019
Referenca: 
SC/51-EESC-2018-SC/051- Strategy for long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions reduction
Plenarno zasedanje: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

Just a few days ahead of last December's climate summit COP24 in Poland, the European Commission published its long-term strategy "A clean planet for all" presenting its vision for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 through a socially-fair transition in a cost-efficient manner. While the document does not contain any new policy proposals, it provides the direction of travel of EU climate and energy policy and frames what the EU considers as its long-term contribution to achieving the Paris Agreement temperature objectives in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals.

EESC opinion: Strategy for long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions reduction (Communication)

Sprejeta on 19/06/2019
Referenca: 
SOC/625-EESC-2019
Plenarno zasedanje: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

In a context where the European Commission proposed the reiteration of the 2018 Employment guidelines, the EESC opinion refers to and builds on the findings and recommendations it made in its 2018 opinion. Furthermore, it develops some additional aspects in view of recent developments and documents of the European Commission – such as the 2019 country reports. Thank you for clicking on the title of the opinion to read some more on the opinion's content!

EESC opinion: Guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States

Sprejeta on 19/06/2019
Referenca: 
TEN/692-EESC-2019
Plenarno zasedanje: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

The EESC welcomes the fact that principle 20 of the European Pillar of Social Rights reaffirms the right to access essential services/SGEIs. These are a vital component of social justice and are underpinned by the principle of equal treatment of users, prohibiting any kind of discrimination or exclusion whatsoever, and by the principle of universal access to services of a high level of affordability and quality.

EESC opinion: For a better implementation of the Social Pillar, promoting essential services (own-initiative opinion)

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