Building up a more sustainable and resilient European economy and completing Economic and Monetary Union should be priorities for the next European Commission and European Parliament: these points emerged from a public hearing held by the European Economic and Social Committee on 12 April 2019.
The government, representatives of organised civil society and other interest groups call for fresh impetus for the European Union
- Economic resilience and labour market resilience must go hand in hand
- Commitment to deepening EMU through stabilisation and upward convergence is crucial
- Urging Member States into contractionary fiscal stances may be problematic
In a recently adopted opinion, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) welcomes the European Commission's proposal to amend the European System of Financial Supervision (ESFS) with the objective of better tackling money laundering and terrorist financing in the European banking and financial sector, but calls for more comprehensive measures. These issues are, in its view, becoming increasingly dangerous in terms of the stability, safety and reputation of financial institutions and the financial sector as a whole. Additional measures are therefore of the utmost importance.
The EU crowdfunding framework proposed by the European Commission will help to build a capital markets union, foster innovation and support entrepreneurs and SMEs across the EU, says the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in a recently adopted opinion, which strongly supports the Commission's proposals. The proposed regulatory framework – a 29th regime, to exist in parallel with the 28 national regimes – will allow small, young and innovative enterprises in particular to strive for financing in all EU Member States.
The EESC believes that the European Commission's Action Plan is a good basis but that additional measures are needed to tap the full potential of financial technology and to ensure certainty and protection for all market participants
The EESC welcomes the proposals concerning NPLs made by the European Commission, but recommends a specific impact assessment to ensure the suitability and effectiveness of the proposed measures
Particular attention should be given to investment in sensitive areas such as infrastructure and key facilities, says the EESC
The EMU needs a common strategic vision, efficient governance mechanisms and a clear social dimension
While endorsing the Commission's reform proposals, the EESC calls for the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality to be applied
More integrated and strengthened financial supervision is needed to make progress towards the completion of the Capital Markets Union (CMU), the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) urged at its plenary session in February.