At the initiative of EESC member Antonello Pezzini, the Committee hosted a delegation of representatives from the regulatory bodies of the People's Republic of China on 9 July 2019.

The meeting, opened by EESC Secretary-General Gianluca Brunetti, aimed to discuss the future of EU‑China relations in the field of standardisation of technical cooperation on lift and escalator safety. "Strengthening relations between Europe and China in such a sensitive area is vitally important, not only for this specific industrial sector but also for the benefit of industry in general," said Mr Pezzini.

In the wake of this visit to the EESC, the first-ever agreement to create a EU-China joint working group was signed the following day at the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) headquarters in Brussels. The first meeting of the joint working group is scheduled to take place in China in October 2019. (mp)