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Sprejeta on 17/09/2015
Referenca: 
ECO/378-EESC-2015-02060-00-00-ac-tra
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Sep 16, 2015 Sep 17, 2015

The Economy for the Common Good model proposes the transition towards a "European Ethical Market" which will foster social innovation, boost the employment rate and benefit the environment, for example through using indicators of wellbeing and social development beyond the GDP such as the Common Good Product and the Common Good Balance Sheet. The EESC considers that the Economy for the Common Good model is conceived to be included both in the European and the domestic legal framework and demands from the European Commission, in the framework of the upcoming renewed CSR strategy, to make a qualitative step in order to reward (in terms of public procurement, access to external markets, tax advantages, etc.) those enterprises that can demonstrate higher ethical performance.

Mnenje EESO: Economy for the Common Good

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Towards a better measurement of welfare and inequalities

Scoping study to identify potential circular economy actions, priority sectors, material flows and value chains - European Commission

The circular economy - Connecting, creating and conserving value - European Commission

Sprejeta on 17/03/2016
Referenca: 
ECO/395-EESC-2015-06711-00-00-ac-tra
Plenarno zasedanje: 
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Mar 16, 2016 Mar 17, 2016

Competitiveness is not an end in itself. It is only a sensible objective if it improves people's well-being in practice. The EESC therefore recommends that an updated definition of competitiveness ("competitiveness 2.0") be used in future, taking into account "the ability of a country to deliver the beyond-GDP goals for its citizens". The EESC urges that future discussions refer not to "competitiveness boards" but to "boards for competitiveness, social cohesion and sustainability". The EESC asks the Commission to present concrete proposals on how the following necessary requirements with regards to these boards can be safeguarded: accountability, legitimacy and transparency; representation of balanced unbiased expertise; non-binding character of proposals of the boards; inclusion of the dual role of wages, both as a cost factor and as the main determinant of domestic demand.

Mnenje EESO: National Competitiveness Boards

Sprejeta on 15/12/2016
Referenca: 
ECO/416-EESC-2016-05518-00-02-ac-tra
Plenarno zasedanje: 
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Dec 14, 2016 Dec 15, 2016

The EESC strongly endorses the Commission's initiative to extend the duration and increase the financing of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and welcomes the positive results of the first year and considers the SME "investment window" a success. The Committee recommend that EFSI 2.0 should aim for ever greater involvement of private capital; stresses the importance of keeping a market-driven emphasis, reinforcing the additionality of the EFSI and calls for a more balanced geographically coverage across the EU. The EESC also recommends bolstering the European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH) and the reinforcement of the social dimension of EFSI deployment. It is also in favour of using the EFSI to nurture the development of a shared industrial and dual technology base in the European defence sector. Finally, in the view of the Committee it is important to raise the visibility of EFSI funding.

Mnenje EESO: Extension of the duration of EFSI (EFSI 2.0)

Sprejeta on 19/10/2017
Referenca: 
ECO/440-EESC-2017-03297-00-00-ac-tra
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Oct 18, 2017 Oct 19, 2017

The EESC is in favour of creating a Pan-European personal pension product – PEPP but is unclear as to whether the investment arising from this initiative will remain within the EU and on the impact on labour mobility across the EU. Every effort, by way of tax relief, should be provided to encourage as many workers as possible to take up personal pension products. The EESC emphasises the need for consumer protection and risk mitigation for savers during the course of their working lives and on retirement. The EESC also underlines the importance of the role of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) in monitoring the market and national supervisory regimes with a view to achieving convergence and consistency across the EU especially regarding the governance structure for PEPPs within any provider.

Mnenje EESO: Pan-European personal pension product – PEPP

Sprejeta on 17/10/2018
Referenca: 
ECO/472-EESC-2018-3054

The EESC welcomes and endorses the rationale behind the establishment of the Reform Support Programme. However, the EESC believes that, in order to launch the programme successfully and obtain the expected benefits, better responses are needed to a number of still open questions.

 

Mnenje EESO: Reform Support Programme

Sprejeta on 30/04/2014
Referenca: 
CCMI/118-EESC-2013-5662

The EESC stresses that a real growth strategy at EU and national level is needed to support the creation of better and more stable jobs for young people.

Employability of young people – matching training with industry needs in an age of austerity

Sprejeta on 17/09/2015
Referenca: 
ECO/380-EESC-2015-01820-00-01-ac-tra
Plenarno zasedanje: 
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Sep 16, 2015 Sep 17, 2015

A genuine stabilisation of the economic and monetary union (EMU) can only succeed if the deficits in the EMU architecture are solved and to this end major reforms are undertaken. The longer the current austerity policy continues, that primarily looks at spending cuts without the addition of an effective investment plan and measures to enhance income through growth, social cohesion and solidarity, it will become increasingly clear that Europe's economic integration and prosperity is at risk from growing social inequalities. The EESC calls for greater "parliamentarisation" of the euro area, with a grand EP committee comprising all members of parliament from the euro area and from those countries wishing to join (26 Member States), combined with stronger coordination of members of parliament from the euro area on EMU issues (COSAC +).

Mnenje EESO: The community method for a democratic and social EMU

Sprejeta on 17/03/2016
Referenca: 
ECO/393-EESC-2015-06357-00-00-ac-tra
Plenarno zasedanje: 
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Mar 16, 2016 Mar 17, 2016

The introduction of further risk sharing is to be accompanied by further risk reduction in the Banking Union. Both the EDIS and the relevant risk reduction measures have to be dealt with in parallel and without delay and actually put into effect. An EDIS will have a positive impact on the situation of individual Member States and banks by being more able to cushion local shocks. This may discourage speculation against specific countries or banks, thus reducing the risk of bank runs. At the same time it will further weaken the link between the banks and their national sovereigns. It is imperative that the existing legislative framework of the Banking Union is fully implemented by all Member States. It is important that the Commission carry out a comprehensive in-depth impact study in order to further strengthen the legitimacy of the proposal.

Mnenje EESO: European Deposit Insurance Scheme

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