Statement by Jacek Krawczyk on his resignation from running for President of the European Economic and Social Committee

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Jacek Krawczyk portrait 2018

After 6 months’ of absence in the EESC and not participating in the work of the Employers’ Group due to a severe neurosurgical operation, on 7 September 2020, I attended for the first time a meeting of my Group, over which I had the honour to preside over the last 7.5 years. In line with my earlier statement that any decisions on my further running for President of the EESC for the 2020-2023 term of office will be made after my discussion with members of the Employers’ Group, I have decided to resign from running for President of the EESC for the 2020-2023 term of office.

At the meeting, I informed the members of the Employers’ Group that I would do everything necessary to support the newly elected candidate of the Employers’ Group for this position, Ms Christa Schweng, so that she could take up her duties as President of the EESC in the critical social, political and economic situation of the European Union related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the same time, I would like to stress that my resignation from running for President of the EESC does not change the fact that I strongly reject the accusations against me and I do not accept the way in which the administration and management of the EESC acts towards me. Once again, I completely question EESC Bureau decisions of June 2020, adopted with violation of basic rules of procedure, good manners and fundamental rights.

Jacek Krawczyk

Warsaw, 07 September 2020