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25/02/2020
Speaker
Luca Jahier, EESC President

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.

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. 

20/02/2020
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President

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.

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MFF: This is not a battle of numbers, but a battle of visions.

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.

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