Ahead of the European leaders' meeting on Thursday 23 April, Oliver Röpke, EESC Workers' group President urges them to act with solidarity and adopt swiftly the latest package of measures to tackle the dire socio-economic consequences of the coronavirus crisis. Solidarity is not just needed now, at the height of the corona crisis, but should be permanently built into the EU structures. People are dying!
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The EESC Workers' Group is extremely concerned by the contents of a leaked document that shows that the European Commission may postpone the long awaited proposal for binding pay transparency measures on the basis that this may not "be the right time" in the context of the COVID-19 crisis.
The EESC Workers' Group is openly dissatisfied with the EC position and the content of the communication, and calls for the responsibility and humanity of the EU institutions in times of crisis against a virus that knows no borders, nationalities or legal situations in the EU.
EESC Workers' group President, Oliver Röpke said "We are facing a crisis of historical proportions that will only be satisfactorily resolved with solidarity, compassion and mutual understanding, within and beyond our borders. European citizens will not understand divisions and impassiveness".
It is with great preoccupation that we receive the news of Thursday’s meeting. As infections and deaths rise in Europe and Health Systems are increasingly saturated, the European Council failed again to provide a united response to the situation. Moreover, the position of some member states showed that little has been learnt since the 2008 crisis.
This study looks at the state of gender balance in the European Economic and Social Committee, both at the political (members) and administrative (staff) level, and considers the main factors influencing the gender composition of the Committee. Through the systematisation of data on the gender of EESC members and personnel, and information gathered in interviews and a survey, the study provides new and updated quantitative and qualitative information.
The COVID-19 outbreak is having a major economic, social and humane impact in Europe. The situation is deteriorating on a daily basis, but the EU and the Member States must remain united, give a common and effective response to combat the spreading of the virus and protect citizens and workers. Read the full declaration here.
EU Council summit on February 20 was a double disappointment: no progress in defining a position to start negotiations with the parliament, and severe cuts proposed to the EU Budget, without any mention to EU's own resources.
It is with our deepest regret that we need to inform of the cancellation of our extraordinary meeting in Syracuse.
Please accept our sincere apologies for the last minute cancellation. Due to the high number of flight cancellations and impossibility of guests to attend, there was no other alternative. We deeply regret the missed opportunity to discuss the important issues at stake with everyone involved in the meeting, and want to thank everyone who supported or was interested in it.
The Workers' Group
The January 2020 plenary of the EESC hosted debates about the Croatian Presidency of the EU, the COP25 and the European Green Deal, and the European Citizens' Initiative 'End the Cage'. At the end of the plenary, a farewell ceremony was hosted for the leaving UK members and delegates after Brexit.