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Editorial

Dear readers,

We have just inaugurated the new EESC term of office  in a very atypical way. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, for the first time in our history, the inaugural plenary session was virtual. 

Online working methods - the new normal in the upcoming months- can be both challenging and beneficial. Finding compromise on EU policies is easier with direct contact. On the other hand, we save time spent on commuting and we virtually travel throughout the EU in just a few clicks.

One question to...

"One question to...".

Starting from this issue of EESC info, we are launching a new section entitled "One question to...". We will continue this question-and-answer series by asking EESC members to give their response to a topical question that seems to us to be the most relevant at the time.

 

Cillian Lohan, EESC Vice-President for Communication

I often think if things are going too easy then I am not challenging myself enough. And yet our objective when creating functioning systems is to ensure that things do go easy – work effectively and function smoothly. The distinction I draw is that processes should be easy, and content should be challenging.

I have always liked to find a way to push my work at the EESC until it becomes challenging, and then to find that there, at that point, is where the valuable solutions can be determined.

Giulia Barbucci, EESC Vice-President for the Budget

The health crisis we are currently experiencing is unparalleled in European and world history: it is severely affecting the human race in all corners of the globe, bringing us face to face with the transient nature of our human lives. A microscopic organism has attacked us, but although we are not yet able to defeat it, we will.

EESC News

EESC elects Austria's Christa Schweng to its top post

United for the future of Europe: the new president is determined to rebuild the EESC's unity and reputation and demonstrate its added value in influencing policy shaping at EU level.

Christa Schweng: "The input of civil society is a must to shape Europe for the better"

Christa Schweng made her first appearance as newly elected president of the EESC at an inaugural debate with the EU's top leaders the day following her election at the October plenary.

Cillian Lohan: "We need leadership that we can trust"

Cillian Lohan (Ireland) will be one of the two EESC's vice-presidents for a two-and-a-half year term from October 2020 to March 2023. He will be in charge of communication.

Giulia Barbucci: "It is essential to maintain sound and transparent budget management"

Italian trade unionist Giulia Barbucci is new EESC Vice-President with responsibility for the budget.

Record numbers of new and female members join the EESC

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Renewal rate per country

The EESC's 2020-2025 term of office has the highest number of new and female members since statistics on membership began in 2010. There is a higher percentage of women at the Committee than ever before: 33% compared to 28% in 2015 and 24.70% in 2010. Ireland has 33 % new members and 22.22 % female members.

The EESC Employers', Workers' and Diversity Europe Groups pick their new leaders

The three interest groups that make up the EESC elected their new presidents on the opening day of the European Economic and Social Committee's inaugural plenary session for the new term of office.

EESC presidency and group and section presidents 2020-2023

See below for the new organisational chart for the EESC presidency and group and section presidents 2020-2023