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.
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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 Gefahr – nicht nur für die Europäische Union, sondern auch für unsere Fähigkeit, uns von dieser beispiellosen systemischen und symmetrischen Krise zu erholen.
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.
Following the EESC declaration "COVID-19: Now, we are either a Union or we are nothing", adopted by the Bureau on March 17, 2020, President Luca Jahier has urged today all institutions, authorities, regulators, both at European or national level, to take urgent and decisive actions to contain and fight against the pandemic and address the risks of a long-term shock for the economy and people's wellbeing.
Der COVID-19-Ausbruch hat sich rasend schnell zu einer Ausnahmesituation entwickelt. In Europa und weltweit steigen die Fallzahlen, die Gegenmaßnahmen von gestern sind heute überholt, die Gesellschaft ist in ihrer Gesamtheit betroffen.
In this issue:
- Our members address the situation of CSOs during and after the pandemic
- A guest comment by Jean-Marc Roirant, Member of the Steering Committee of Civil Society Europe
- The follow-up for our conference on CSOs and COVID-19
- What happened to the EESC opinion ECO/537? - Interview with rapporteur Krzysztof Stanislaw Balon
Already before the beginning of the Covid-19 epidemic in Europe, more than 2.7 million young persons (under 25) were unemployed in the EU. For a whole generation of freshly graduated people, their early professional experience will be dominated by the COVID-19 fallout.
In this issue:
- European civil society fighting the coronavirus pandemic and its aftermath
- Moving from urgency to recovery and reconstruction
- Overview of recent Group III Member‘s work