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13/08/2020
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President and Dilyana Slavova, President of the REX Section

The EESC strongly defends the democratic right to vote, the right of free speech and the right of expression and has been following closely the developments after the presidential elections in Belarus.
As the voice of EU civil society, we strongly condemn the military and police repression of peaceful protesters. The multiple beating, use of tear gas, rubber bullets and sound grenades is completely shocking and in fact illegal.

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22/07/2020
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President, and Stefano Palmieri, President of the ECO section of the EESC
Organisation: 
European Economic and Social Committee

After five days of tough negotiations, the EU has reached a deal to bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an unprecedented decision for volume, content and key elements of innovation. Europe, today, is stronger than ever.

Nevertheless, the needed extra-mile came at a sour price. For the first time, the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) has decreased, also in real terms. The governance of the Resilience and Recovery Facility is all but consistent, with the European Parliament cut off, and the rebates increased, despite the UK's departure.

13/07/2020
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President, and Stefano Palmieri, President of the ECO section of the EESC

The new proposal presented last Friday by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, ahead of the European Council of 16-17 July contains highly critical issues, even though it maintains the initial volume grants/loans of the Recovery fund.

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.

04/06/2020
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President and José Antonio Moreno Díaz, President of the Group on Fundamental Rights and the Rule of Law (FRRL)

On 25 May, Mr George Floyd, a 46-year-old US citizen, died of asphyxia during his arrest by an officer of the Minneapolis Police Department. As the shocking images of this brutal arrest of an African-American citizen spread across the world, a growing wave of protests in the USA and beyond shook people's conscience.

13/05/2020
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President and Stefano Mallia, Chair of the EESC Brexit Follow-up Group

The EESC gives its full support to EU negotiator and calls for a consensus-building attitude

With the third round of future relationship negotiations with the United Kingdom ongoing, EU civil society is united in calling for collective responsibility to incentivise both sides to reach a deal and prevent damaging even further our chances for a recovery in the post-Covid era.

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Statement by Luca Jahier, EESC President and Stefano Mallia, Chair of the EESC Brexit Follow-up Group on the future relationship with the United Kingdom

08/05/2020
Declaration by
Luca Jahier, Tiziano Treu, Patrick Bernasconi, António Correia de Campos, George Vernicos, Iacob Baciu, Julián Ariza, Larry O’Connell, Lalko Dulevski, Rudolf Kropil, Andrzej Malinowski
Organisation: 
European Economic and Social Committee

“World peace cannot be safeguarded without the making of creative efforts proportionate to the dangers which threaten it. The contribution which an organised and living Europe can bring to civilization is indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations."

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Common statement

05/05/2020
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President

Auf dem morgigen EU-Westbalkan-Gipfel muss ein für alle Mal unterstrichen werden, dass die wirksame Erweiterung der Europäischen Union und die Herausstellung ihrer Werte in den Ländern dieser Region in Europa Sicherheit gewährleistet, die soziale und wirtschaftliche Entwicklung stärkt sowie Demokratie und Rechtsstaatlichkeit festigt.

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Western Balkans summit must usher new solidarity mood amid COVID-19 crisis

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