On March 3rd-4th 2016, President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski participated in sessions of the sections for the economic and monetary union (ECO), and transport, energy, infrastructure and information society (TEN) of the EESC.
During the first meeting, the section accepted two positions which have recently been a subject of discussion with the involvement of Employers of Poland. One touched on the efforts to conclude the establishment of the economic and monetary union, the other on the external representation of the Eurozone. The final stage of work on the opinion will be having it passed by the Committee at the forthcoming plenary session on March 16-17th 2016.
The opinion on the economic and monetary union represents a systemic perspective on the European Commission’s comment on the eurozone and takes up the issues of a.o.: the European semester and general agreement on economic management, the external representation of the Eurozone, the financial union, the second stage of the EMU and the democratic legitimization of the process.
According to the Committee, the external representation of the eurozone, on the other hand, should be more effective and visible in international financial institutions – particularly in the IMF, where the Committee would like to have a representative by 2025. A strong and cohesive representation of the eurozone should also be present at the Bank for International Settlements or the OECD, as well as in the G7 and G20 groups and the World Bank. Improved representation would strengthen both the EU currency in global economy and the political pillar, leading to increased cohesion of each member state’s economic policy.
The session of the TEN section, held on March 4th, focused mainly on basing the section’s policy on research. Members debated on energy storage and energy security, de-carbonizing transport and digitalizing the economy (innovations in education, digital skills and employment).