• The Commission's proposal Business in Europe: Framework for Income Taxation (BEFIT) deals with a new single set of rules to determine the tax base of groups of companies, and is aimed at reducing tax compliance costs for large businesses operating across borders and making it easier for national authorities to determine which taxes are due. Directly linked to BEFIT is the proposal on transfer pricing, with the purpose to harmonise transfer pricing rules of Member States and to ensure a common application of the arm's-length principle within the EU. The new framework builds on the previous experiences from the common consolidated corporate tax base CCCTB, the OECD/G20 international tax agreement concerning the global minimum level of taxation, and on the Pillar Two Directive adopted at the end of 2022.

  • This meeting is hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), as a follow-up of its call for an EU Blue Deal. It is organised in partnership with the European Parliament Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development” and the Compagnie Nationale du Rhône (CNR).

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    584th plenary session, with the following guests: Pierre-Yves Dermagne, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy and Employment, Belgium, David Clarinval, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Middle Classes, the Self-Employed, SMEs, Agriculture, Institutional Reforms & Democratic Renewal, Belgium, Tinne Van der Straeten, Minister of Energy, Belgium.

  • The 10th meeting of the EU Domestic Advisory Group (DAG) under the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), and second meeting of the new 2023-25 term, took place on 9 January, 2024.

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    Agenda 2024 available in download
  • During this 9th meeting of the EU DAG set up under the EU-UK TCA, while looking already ahead to 2024 work and upcoming events, an exchange of views on the joint meetings took place, including a debriefing on the DAG-to-DAG meeting and CSF held in London on 6 and 7 November as well as a discussion on the improvement of methodology in preparation for joint statement exercise and of the EU DAG's working methods in general. Following best practices, structured dialogue with the Commission carried on, this time with a debrief of the 3rd meeting of the Trade Partnership Committee under the UK-EU TCA on 7 December 2023 and of the latest Trade Specialised Committees and stocktake on the 2nd Civil Society Forum.

  • Euro area economic policy recommendations

    In late November, the European Commission is expected to kick-off the annual cycle of economic policy coordination, including the publication of the new recommendations for the euro area for 2024. The EESC will contribute to the interinstitutional discussion with its opinion putting forward consideration from a civil society perspective.

  • The 14th meeting of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform (CSP) took place on 15 December 2023. During the meeting, a debate focused on assessing the implementation of the European Commission's opinion and the state of play of the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.

    In addition, the CSP discussed the initiatives for Ukraine's green recovery, economic integration of Ukraine to the EU, as well as current challenges related to labour market.

    A joint declaration, prepared by both sides, was discussed and adopted.

  • Thematic debate on the Rural Pact #4

    On Friday 15th December 2023, the EESC will host a public hearing to gather the views of the European Commission, rural development actors and various stakeholders on how to foster the implementation of the Long-Term Vision of EU's Rural Areas.

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    583rd plenary session: Celebration of the 65th anniversary of the European Economic and Social Committee; The Conclusions of the Spanish Presidency of the EU; Global climate commitments: reflecting on the outcomes of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP28. Web streaming