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26/03/2020

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has strongly supported the enlargement of the European Union to the six Western Balkans countries provided they fulfil all the necessary criteria for membership. In the aftermath of the Council's non-decision to open accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia in October 2019, we have reacted swiftly by adopting, on 31 October, a Resolution expressing our profound disappointment by the lack of unanimity from the Member States. The EESC has since been committed to working closely and intensively with the civil society in the Western Balkans to support and reassure them that their place is in the European Union.

26/03/2020

The European Economic and Social Committee backs up the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative of the European Commission. The initiative is aimed at promoting investment in the healthcare systems of the European Member States and other sectors of their economies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To this end, the EU would mobilise cash reserves, i.e. unspent pre-financing for EU funds, and provide financial support.

26/03/2020

On 25 March 2020, the Enlarged Presidency of the European Economic and Social Committee adopted a generally favourable position on the European Commission's proposal to amend the Council Regulation on the European Union Solidarity Fund in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The proposed regulation aims to provide financial assistance to Member States and countries negotiating their accession to the European Union that are seriously affected by major public health emergencies, such as the current pandemic.

11/03/2020

Given the rapid evolution of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation and also the latest measures taken by the Belgian authorities, the suspension of EESC meetings and events held on and outside Committee premises is extended until 19 April 2020 inclusive. Persons registered to any of the events affected will be contacted shortly by the organising EESC service.

Covid-19 obliges everyone to show full responsibility and caution. It is a delicate moment for everyone. At the same time, it is necessary to continue to ensure the proper functioning of all the institutions and the EESC will do its part, continuing to work also using other working methods, in order to fulfil its functions.

02/03/2020

On 26 February, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a high-level conference at which it brought together leading actors in disability policy to discuss the EU's new strategy in the field, which is in the making and is expected to have a profound effect on millions of EU citizens with disabilities in all spheres of life over the next decade.

20/02/2020

Alla sessione plenaria del 20 febbraio scorso, il Comitato economico e sociale europeo (CESE) ha dato il benvenuto ai promotori dell'iniziativa dei cittadini europei  Eat Original - Smaschera il tuo cibo, il cui obiettivo è chiedere alla Commissione europea di imporre un'etichettatura obbligatoria di origine per tutti i prodotti alimentari, al fine di prevenire le frodi e garantire il diritto dei consumatori all'informazione.

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