Président du CESE
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.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has strongly supported the enlargement of the European Union to the six Western Balkans countries provided they fulfil all the necessary criteria for membership. In the aftermath of the Council's non-decision to open accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia in October 2019, we have reacted swiftly by adopting, on 31 October, a Resolution expressing our profound disappointment by the lack of unanimity from the Member States.
Today's ECOFIN decision did not seem to fully respond to the magnitude of the challenge that the EU is facing.
Si aujourd’hui, confinés dans nos foyers, nous craignons d’être contaminés, de perdre des proches, de perdre notre emploi et de
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 o
L’épidémie de COVID-19 constitue désormais une situation d’urgence à l’évolution rapide: les chiffres et les mesures nécessaires évoluent
Covid-19 oblige chacun à faire preuve de pleine responsabilité et prudence. C'est un moment délicat pour tout le monde.
EESC President Luca Jahier has met today the newly appointed Greek Minister for Migration and Asylum Panagiotis Mitarachi, as part of the visit to Athens of the EESC's permanent study group on Immigration and Integration (IMI).
We must not shy away from our responsibility as Europeans and do the utmost to raise awareness for the situation of Cyprus, whether that concerns migration or the ongoing challenges faced by the two separate communities in their attempts to strive for reunification.
I can only welcome the constructive 10th AUC-EC Commission-to-Commission (C2C) meeting held at the African Union (AU) Headquarters in Addis Ababa on 27 February.
In a time of transformations, where traditional forms of political participation are being questioned and new forms are tested here and there, we should be wise enough to be open to change. However, such changes must not compromise the strength of traditional ways of participation, time-tested and continuously adapted, and the in-depth force of institutions.
This is not a battle of numbers, but a battle of visions. The vision of the new Commission "A union that Strives for more" and the new Strategic agenda that EU leaders set in Sibiu, reasserted during the European Councils of July and December 2019, must be fulfilled by coherent decisions with the new MFF.
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.
Depuis la mise en place de la nouvelle Commission, les dirigeants européens sont passés à la vitesse supérieure pour accélérer l’avènement d’une n
The President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Luca Jahier, will visit Cyprus on 13-14 February 2020, in the framework of the "Peace and Borders in Europe" series.
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.
À la suite de ma mission en Éthiopie en juin dernier, qui fut une grande source d’inspiration, j’ai estimé qu’il était de mon devoir de continuer à nourrir de fortes attentes après l’entrée en fonction de la nouvelle Commission, qui a hissé l’engagement de l’Union européenne envers l’Afrique au premier rang de ses priorités.
You will not be here with us, but I know you will be there with us, because there is no other alternative than a strong relationship between the EU and the UK and we at EESC we will do whatever it takes to keep that strong link and bond.
Une délégation du Comité économique et social européen (CESE), composée du président Luca Jahier, de M. Jarosław Mulewicz (président du comité de suivi ACP-UE du CESE) et de Mme Maria Nikolopoulou, membre du CESE, se rend au Sénégal cette semaine (du 13 au 16 janvier) afin de porter le soutien du CESE à la société civile locale et de débattre de la stratégie de l’Union en Afrique.
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.
Culture and the arts are key drivers for the future of Europe. I am therefore pleased to propose a short publication on culture and civil society, summarising the rEUnaissance – A cultural vision for Europe on Culture panel, which took place on 31 October 2019, during the EESC plenary session. Download the publication here.
We have a special guest today among the journalists who have accepted our invitation to be present in the last plenary session of 2019. His name is Andrew Caruana Galizia, son of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Maltese journalist who was assassinated on 16 October 2017 because she was investigating and exposing cases of corruption at the highest levels of government.
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.
La Journée de l’initiative citoyenne européenne (ICE) est une conférence que le CESE et ses partenaires de la société civile organisent chaque année depuis 2012, année de publication du règlement nº 211/2011, qui a jeté les bases de l’ICE. La neuvième Journée de l’ICE, qui aura lieu en 2020, sera marquée par une évolution majeure, à savoir l’entrée en vigueur du nouveau règlement qui améliore et simplifie sensiblement la procédure relative à l’ICE.
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We can no longer waste time to find a solution on migration. Saving the lives of those who flee from atrocious wars, hunger and disease, is a human, moral and legal duty.
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