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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

The European Economic and Social Committee backs up the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative of the European Commission. The initiative is aimed at promoting investment in the healthcare systems of the European Member States and other sectors of their economies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To this end, the EU would mobilise cash reserves, i.e. unspent pre-financing for EU funds, and provide financial support.

26/03/2020

On 25 March 2020, the Enlarged Presidency of the European Economic and Social Committee adopted a generally favourable position on the European Commission's proposal to amend the Council Regulation on the European Union Solidarity Fund in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The proposed regulation aims to provide financial assistance to Member States and countries negotiating their accession to the European Union that are seriously affected by major public health emergencies, such as the current pandemic.

11/03/2020

Given the evolution of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation and also in light of the confinement measures adopted by the Belgian authorities, the suspension of EESC meetings and events held on and outside Committee premises is extended until 3 May 2020 inclusive. This includes the plenary session scheduled for 29-30 April. Persons registered to any of the events affected will be contacted shortly by the organising EESC service.

09/03/2020

The various sections of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) have joined forces to highlight that the EU's future sustainability requires people's participation and appropriate funding.

02/03/2020

Στις 26 Φεβρουαρίου, η Ευρωπαϊκή Οικονομική και Κοινωνική Επιτροπή (ΕΟΚΕ) διοργάνωσε διάσκεψη υψηλού επιπέδου με προσκεκλημένους κορυφαίους ειδήμονες σε θέματα πολιτικών αναπηρίας, οι οποίοι ανέλυσαν τη νέα συναφή στρατηγική της ΕΕ. Η εν λόγω στρατηγική είναι υπό κατάρτιση και αναμένεται να επηρεάσει βαθύτατα εκατομμύρια πολίτες της ΕΕ με αναπηρία σε όλες τις κοινωνικές εκφάνσεις κατά την επόμενη δεκαετία.

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