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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.