The EESC prepares the future

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At the start of the pandemic, the EESC decided that all its work would take into account the impact of Covid-19 on the economy and society in general.

This chapter gathers all these initiatives and actions that the EESC has undertaken to recover from the crisis.

Discover below what the EESC is doing to prepare our future


In a first statement, adopted on 17 March 2020,

the EESC calls for greater solidarity and joint action at European level to deal effectively with the consequences of the pandemic.

EESC proposal for post-COVID 19 crisis reconstruction and recovery

The EESC suggests taking the opportunity to build a new societal model, making our economies greener, fairer and more resilient to future shocks.
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Position papers

Financial aid for Member States and countries still negotiating the terms of their accession to the EU which are seriously affected by a major public health emergency

Allocation of slots at Community airports

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Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing measures for a sustainable rail market in view of the COVID-19 pandemic

Opinion TEN/716

A post COVID-19 emergency: the design of a New Multilateral Matrix

Opinion REX/529

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Best practices in diversity management and the future of EU diversity policies for migrants and ethnic minorities

In an exploratory opinion requested by the German Presidency of the Council, the EESC sets out "diversity management" measures for ensuring that migrants and ethnic minorities are better included in and integrated into the workplace and society. The planned hearing aims to promote discussions and the sharing of relevant best practices among Member States in difficult times such as those of the current COVID-19 crisis and the social movement "Black Lives Matter"

Shifting priorities in post-COVID recovery – towards an economy of wellbeing for people and planet

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The webinar will serve to bring the concept of wellbeing economy to the debate in the EU. By presenting several perspectives, it will contribute to the debate on the post-COVID recovery and reconstruction at the level of the EESC.

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EU's gender equality strategy must not fail to address the damaging effects of the COVID-19 crisis on women

The new, long-awaited, five-year strategy should be updated and implemented without delay, to help prevent any further erosion of gender equality caused by the pandemic.

The EESC outlines the key role of trade in promoting a sustainable economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis

At its July plenary session, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an opinion on the latest annual report issued by the European Commission on the implementation of free trade agreements (FTAs), covering 2018. The EESC outlines the key role of trade in "promoting a sustainable economic recovery and allowing companies to rebuild and re-organise their disrupted value chains". At the same time, it regrets that civil society's monitoring work remains "largely absent" from the implementation report.

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