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01/07/2020
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President

Today starts the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The European agenda could hardly have been more challenging: the adoption of the Recovery plan to repair the consequences of the Covid 19 pandemic, the crucial Brexit negotiations and the launch of the Conference on the future of Europe.

While the agenda is heavy, there is no doubt that the German Presidency is fully equipped to transform each of these challenges into concrete and successful results to deliver a stronger, more innovative, inclusive and sustainable Europe.

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27/04/2020
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President, Christa Schweng, SOC Section President and Erika Koller, President of the study group on the inclusion of the Roma

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and its study group on the inclusion of the Roma join the call of Members from EU institutions as well as civil society organisations to raise concern over the worsening situation of marginalized communities, amongst them the Roma, during this difficult and uncertain period.  We praise the volunteers and employees of Roma organisations for the invaluable work they are carrying out to continue assisting the Roma community in this challenging time, during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

16/04/2020
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President

Vor der Abstimmung im Europäischen Parlament über eine aussagekräftige Entschließung, die den Ton für das Treffen der Staats- und Regierungschefs kommende Woche vorgibt, und gestützt auf das solide Maßnahmenpaket, das die Eurogruppe letzte Woche zur Unterstützung der europäischen Wirtschaft geschnürt hat, bin ich zuversichtlich, dass die EU heute mehr denn je die Chance und auch die Verpflichtung hat, wie Phönix aus der Asche wiederaufzuerstehen.

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Die EU muss aus der Asche der #Coronacrisis wiederauferstehen

15/04/2020
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President and José Antonio Moreno Díaz, President of the Group on Fundamental Rights and the Rule of Law (FRRL)

Durch die in Reaktion auf die COVID-19-Krise getroffenen Maßnahmen wurde eine Reihe von Grundrechten negativ beeinflusst. Aufgrund der unvermeidbaren Ausgangsbeschränkungen wurden nicht nur unser Recht auf Freizügigkeit und unsere grenzüberschreitende Reisefreiheit eingeschränkt, sondern auch die Vereinigungs- und Versammlungsfreiheit sowiedurch Tracking-Systeme – das Recht auf Schutz der Privatsphäre.

08/04/2020
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President and Dilyana Slavova, President of the REX Section

The CODIV-19 is forcing us apart with lockdowns, but at the same showing us that we must stick together if we want to defeat the pandemic. We must react jointly and swiftly to address this unexpected crisis both in Europe and in other regions of the world, because the virus knows no borders, skin colors or social status.

31/03/2020
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President

Ich war schon immer stolz darauf, Europäer zu sein, heute mehr denn je. Dennoch birgt die derzeitige Haltung der Staats- und Regierungschefs in Verbindung mit den anhaltenden Spaltungen aufgrund des Virus eine tödliche Gefahrnicht nur für die Europäische Union, sondern auch für unsere Fähigkeit, uns von dieser beispiellosen systemischen und symmetrischen Krise zu erholen.

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In the next 10 days, we will know whether the Coronavirus crisis will make or break Europe

26/03/2020

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has strongly supported the enlargement of the European Union to the six Western Balkans countries provided they fulfil all the necessary criteria for membership. In the aftermath of the Council's non-decision to open accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia in October 2019, we have reacted swiftly by adopting, on 31 October, a Resolution expressing our profound disappointment by the lack of unanimity from the Member States. The EESC has since been committed to working closely and intensively with the civil society in the Western Balkans to support and reassure them that their place is in the European Union.

26/03/2020
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President

In less than 15 days, the EU has taken ground-breaking decisions to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and after some initial hesitation it has proven that Member States can simply not do without a coherent, coordinated approach in front of a global pandemic.

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EU leaders take initial responsible steps to fight COVID-19, but Europe needs more courage to deliver #Whateverittakes

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