The new head of the EESC is a convinced European with EU experience spanning two decades and considerable expertise in social matters, who firmly believes that the EU's civil society has the power to contribute to Europe's post-COVID-19 recovery and future resilience.
Uniti per il futuro dell'Europa: la nuova Presidente è determinata a ricostruire l'unità e la reputazione del CESE e a dimostrare il suo valore aggiunto per influenzare la definizione delle politiche a livello UE
Inaugural plenary session (Term of office 2020-2025), with a debate on “Recovery for the future of Europe – The role of the European Economic and Social Committee”, with David Maria SASSOLI, Charles MICHEL, Ursula VON DER LEYEN, Apostolos TZITZIKOSTAS, Geert PAUWELS, Luca VISENTINI, and Jeremy WATES.
Sitting in front of a screen is not exactly how we had pictured this inaugural session. You may be asking yourselves why, as the new president, I am also participating remotely. Believe me, it was not easy for me to decide not to travel to Brussels. The reason for my decision is simple: we can only ask our people, our members and staff to limit their social interactions and change their everyday behaviour to fight the COVID-19 pandemic if we ourselves set an example.
United for the future of Europe. This is the guiding principle for my work as new president of the European Economic and Social Committee. Only united we can successfully overcome the economic and social hardship caused by CoViD-19. Only united we can shape a Europe that is economically prosperous, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable.
In this issue:
- EESC term of office kicks off with over 40% new members
- After the youth climate strikes it's time to give youth a seat at the table
- EESC gives its say on the need for an EU instrument for minimum wages
- COVID-19 is a ticking time bomb for Europe's tourism industry