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20/02/2020
Declaration by
President Luca Jahier
Organisation: 
European Economic and Social Committee

I am deeply shocked by the attack that killed 11 people in a shooting in the German city of Hanau last night. This is yet another tragedy, whose xenophobic nature, if confirmed, is unacceptable in a fully democratic Europe. 
It is with great emotion and compassion for the victims and their families that I express our sincerest condolences and our strong solidarity with the German authorities. 

The EESC firmly supports the fight against crime and terrorism and emphasises that progress in fighting terrorism and crime in the EU must be consolidated. There must be effective cooperation and coordination between Member States with regard to law enforcement, intelligence and judicial matters.

I can reassure you that I will do everything I can to contain and strongly stand against any form of hatred. Only together, we can ensure a peaceful and united Europe. 

12/02/2020
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President

For weeks, I have been seriously concerned about the news filtering on the preparation of the Extraordinary European Council, which is expected to discuss the Multi-Annual Financial Framework on 20 February. Today EP plenary debate in Strasbourg has fully confirmed my long-standing concerns.

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MFF: Without genuine progress we risk heading for the worst budget ever

14/01/2020
Statement by
President Luca Jahier on the situation in the Middle East and Libya
Organisation: 
European Economic and Social Committee

Statement by President Luca Jahier on the situation in the Middle East and Libya

The EESC considers that there is an urgent need for calm and peaceful solutions of all conflicts and sensitive situations worldwide and particularly in the region. We urge for a de-escalation of spiralling violence. The European Union must speak with one voice on all aspects of foreign policy given many crisis unfolding in the immediate EU neighbourhood, including the migration and refugee crisis, are interrelated.

12/12/2019
Speaker
Luca Jahier, EESC President

The time for courage has come. This is the time to build up international partnerships that serve the Planet, the People and bring Peace and Prosperity.

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Speech by Luca Jahier, EESC President "From development to partnership: time for courage has come!"

11/12/2019
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President

Today, I can only praise the new #VDLcommission for delivering even before the end of its first 100 days what it has promised just a few months ago: the Green Deal. The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the House of the European civil society, has sought for the past years to achieve a fully-fledged sustainable development in line with the UN 2030 Agenda.

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European Commission's Green Deal: The game-changer we needed for delivering sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda

09/12/2019
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President

When I look at the proposals brought forward initially by the Commission, and now, last week, by the Finnish presidency on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), I can only be disappointed and genuinely concerned. Disappointed because already the Commission proposal of May 2018 remained too prudent. Although the EU executive didn't have an easy task, as it had to deal with the announced departure of the UK and with a number of Member States opposed to go above 1% of the Gross National Income (GNI), it managed to craft a budget proposal which contains some timely, forward looking reform suggestions.

27/11/2019
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President
Organisation: 
European Economic and Social Committee

Today's vote in the European Parliament opens the way to a new era for Europe. I am convinced that new Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and her team of Executive Vice-Presidents, Vice-Presidents and Commissioners will usher a new momentum for our continent, after the good results of the European elections in May. Our citizens have given us five years to build the Europe of tomorrow and we should not waste this chance.

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President's statement on the new von der Leyen Commission

06/11/2019
Speaker
Luca Jahier, EESC President

The business sector has the innovation, tools and expertise to make the shift to climate neutrality, happen. What it needs now is a political leadership and regulatory certainty. It is of key importance to send clear and timely signals to businesses, especially SMEs for them to be able to adapt their strategies while remaining competitive on the markets. 

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