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"The preservation of workers' rights must be top priority in any strategy for recovery and reconstruction in the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis, with solidarity as its guiding principle. Safeguarding of quality employment, workers' protection and social recovery should be on an equal footing with economic concerns, as a prerequisite for a sustainable social, environmental and economic model," stressed Oliver Röpke, President of the Workers' Group, during his opening speech at the Workers' Group extraordinary meeting on 24 November 2020.
We are facing a protracted crisis where the second wave of COVID-19 crashes on an already painfully hit EU in economic and social terms.
In this delicate context, the EU managed to put forward a courageous package to support the European recovery post-COVID and at the same time guarantee a structural change in our European production system through the double transition towards digital and green economy financed by the next long-term budget and the recovery package. The EU Ambassadors also accepted a deal struck with the European parliament which establishes a clear link between EU money and the respect for the rule of law.
EESC INAUGURAL PLENARY SESSION
29 October 2020
Speech by Oliver Röpke, EESC Workers' Group President
Recovery for the Future of Europe
Oliver Röpke has been re-elected unanimously as President of the Workers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee for the mandate 2020-2023, during the Group's constitutive meeting today, 27 October 2020.
This year, celebrating the World Day for Decent Work (WDDW) on 7 October is more relevant than ever.
The volume of tax evasion and tax avoidance by companies is enormous in the world and in the European Union. Moreover, according to almost all experts in the field, including those of the international institutions dealing with the subject (IMF, OECD, G20) the problem is increasing. According to the IMF, tax evasion costs governments some USD 3 trillion a year. The European Parliament estimates that in the EU it is as high as EUR 825 billion per year.
On the European Steel Action Day, the EESC Workers' Group President Oliver Röpke expressed solidarity with thousands of steel workers across Europe: "we give our support and solidarity to steel workers across Europe demanding urgent action to safeguard this strategic sector which is the bedrock of European industry and provides millions of quality jobs. Just as steel laid strong foundations for the construction of the European Union, it must continue to play a key role in its future. Europe needs steel and steel needs Europe!"
The increasing shortage of decent and affordable housing in a large number of EU Member States is undeniably a cause of rising inequalities, indebtedness and social exclusion that is of great concern.
Statement by José Antonio Moreno Díaz, rapporteur of the EESC opinion about EU New Pact on Migration & Asylum