Turning recovery into success: the EESC underlines the key role of organised civil society

The EESC and the European Commission need to work together for a Europe that overcomes the pandemic and consolidates the recovery – a Europe that is prosperous, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. This was the main message addressed by EESC President Christa Schweng to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight Maroš Šefčovič at the EESC's December plenary session.

Expressing satisfaction at the fact that many EESC proposals and recommendations included in the EESC Resolution of June 2021 were reflected in the European Commission Work Programme for 2022 Ms Schweng said that "our priorities tie in closely with those of the European Commission, which we will continue to support in the implementation of its ambitious goals. We also need to make sure that organised civil society thrives and lives in an open, values-based society. Let us join forces to make Europe a truly great place to be and prosper!"

For her part, acknowledging the work done by the EESC, Ms von der Leyen said that "the Committee has always been very supportive and very firm in its mission: to make people's voices heard - the voice of businesses, workers and other civil society organisations. We are and we will remain close partners, both in annual policy planning and building our long-term vision."

Echoing her words, Mr Šefčovič thanked the Committee for its close cooperation with the European Commission, saying that this kept "the bonds between the two institutions alive and kicking" and noting that "the EESC members are the best ambassadors for the European Union". (mp)