Covid-19

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22/07/2020
Presentation
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President, and Stefano Palmieri, President of the ECO section of the EESC
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European Economic and Social Committee

After five days of tough negotiations, the EU has reached a deal to bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an unprecedented decision for volume, content and key elements of innovation. Europe, today, is stronger than ever.

Nevertheless, the needed extra-mile came at a sour price. For the first time, the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) has decreased, also in real terms. The governance of the Resilience and Recovery Facility is all but consistent, with the European Parliament cut off, and the rebates increased, despite the UK's departure.

05/05/2020
Presentation
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President

Tomorrow's EU-Western Balkans Summit can only underline once and for all that the effective enlargement of the European Union and the promotion of its values in the countries of the region ensure security, enhance social and economic development, consolidate democracy and the rule of law in Europe.

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Western Balkans summit must usher new solidarity mood amid COVID-19 crisis

27/04/2020
Presentation
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President, Christa Schweng, SOC Section President and Erika Koller, President of the study group on the inclusion of the Roma

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and its study group on the inclusion of the Roma join the call of Members from EU institutions as well as civil society organisations to raise concern over the worsening situation of marginalized communities, amongst them the Roma, during this difficult and uncertain period.  We praise the volunteers and employees of Roma organisations for the invaluable work they are carrying out to continue assisting the Roma community in this challenging time, during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

16/04/2020
Presentation
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President

Ahead of today’s vote in the European Parliament on a strong resolution to set the tone for the meeting of Heads of state and government next week and in light of the solid package of measures proposed on 9 April by the Eurogroup to support the European economy last week, I am confident the EU has now more than ever the chance and the obligation to rise from its ashes like the Phoenix.

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The EU must rise from the ashes of the #Coronacrisis

15/04/2020
Presentation
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President and José Antonio Moreno Díaz, President of the Group on Fundamental Rights and the Rule of Law (FRRL)

The response to the COVID-19 crisis has had a negative impact on a number of fundamental rights. The unavoidable lockdowns have restricted our freedom of movement and cross-border travel. Freedom of association and assembly have been cut, so have privacy rights through data tracking systems. What has been put in place as a temporary measure cannot be instrumentalised to revert decades-long fights for freedoms and equality.  We must get out of this crisis with our democracies – and our European Union – intact.

08/04/2020
Presentation
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President and Dilyana Slavova, President of the REX Section

The CODIV-19 is forcing us apart with lockdowns, but at the same showing us that we must stick together if we want to defeat the pandemic. We must react jointly and swiftly to address this unexpected crisis both in Europe and in other regions of the world, because the virus knows no borders, skin colors or social status.

31/03/2020
Presentation
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President

I have always considered myself a proud European, today more than ever. Nevertheless, the current mood between the heads of State and Government, coupled with the persistent viral divisions, presents a lethal risk – not only to the European Union, but also to our ability to bounce back from this unprecedented systemic and symmetric crisis.

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In the next 10 days, we will know whether the Coronavirus crisis will make or break Europe

26/03/2020
Presentation
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President

In less than 15 days, the EU has taken ground-breaking decisions to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and after some initial hesitation it has proven that Member States can simply not do without a coherent, coordinated approach in front of a global pandemic.

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EU leaders take initial responsible steps to fight COVID-19, but Europe needs more courage to deliver #Whateverittakes

23/03/2020
Presentation
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President

Today's ECOFIN decision did not seem to fully respond to the magnitude of the challenge that the EU is facing.

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ECOFIN: #WhateverItTakes means Whatever It Takes!

20/03/2020
Presentation
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President

Following the EESC declaration "COVID-19: Now, we are either a Union or we are nothing", adopted by the Bureau on March 17, 2020, President Luca Jahier has urged today all institutions, authorities, regulators, both at European or national level, to take urgent and decisive actions to contain and fight against the pandemic and address the risks of a long-term shock for the economy and people's wellbeing. 

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President Jahier urges ECB and EBA to allow EU banks to help families, workers and companies with extraordinary measures

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