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EESC is ready to join forces with German presidency to help find a way out of the crisis and make Europe stronger. 
On 1 July, Germany picks up the baton from Croatia at the helm of the Council of the EU in what will probably be its most challenging presidency so far, with Europe facing the biggest economic, social and health crisis in its modern history.  


Contrairement aux prévisions les plus catastrophistes, le continent africain est loin d’être le plus touché par le coronavirus, avec uniquement 1,76 % des décès à l’échelle mondiale. Cet exemple de résilience a été examiné lors d’un webinaire organisé par le Comité Économique et Social Européen (CESE) au cours duquel les orateurs ont signalé les opportunités qui se présentent pour une coopération renforcée entre l’Afrique et l’UE une fois la crise passée.


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At its June plenary session, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an information report on the revision of the Machinery Directive. EESC members and the study group for the opinion welcomed the Commission's current efforts to improve the performance of Directive 2006/42/EC, which is a very important and successful instrument for European industry, while noting that radical changes to the directive would have a deeply negative impact and must be avoided.


The COVID-19 pandemic is demonstrating the geostrategic nature of the agri-food sector and the need to maintain food self-sufficiency in the EU. The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) therefore welcomes the new measure proposed by the European Commission to support farms and agri-food SMEs experiencing liquidity problems and to ensure their economic survival during this crisis. However, the EESC thinks that the European Commission should set up a special fund outside of the common agricultural policy budget to implement it.


Kako Europa polako izlazi iz krize izazvane koronavirusom, klimatska kriza počinje ponovno zauzimati mjesto koje zaslužuje i ponovno postaje glavni prioritet EU-a.

Europski gospodarski i socijalni odbor (EGSO), koji okuplja organizacije civilnog društva iz svih država članica, sastavio je ovo mišljenje kao odgovor na zahtjev hrvatskog predsjedništva Vijeća Europske unije. Zaštita okoliša i borba protiv klimatskih promjena ključne su teme predsjedništva.

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) urges all EU institutions and Member States to continue with a rapid and aligned solidarity-based response to the coronavirus pandemic and to adopt additional measures promoting sustainable investments with a view to the European Green Deal. Member States should swiftly agree on a Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027 in line with the Green Deal’s ambitions.

Trade policy in exceptional times: this week's negotiation rounds on the updating of the trade aspect of the EU-Chile Association Agreement are being held remotely. In the run-up to this round, the EU-Chile Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) adopted a joint declaration on the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. JCC members flagged up the danger of increased social inequality and supported bilateral and multilateral cooperation as the best way to tackle the crisis.