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EESC is ready to join forces with German presidency to help find a way out of the crisis and make Europe stronger. 
On 1 July, Germany picks up the baton from Croatia at the helm of the Council of the EU in what will probably be its most challenging presidency so far, with Europe facing the biggest economic, social and health crisis in its modern history.  


Contrairement aux prévisions les plus catastrophistes, le continent africain est loin d’être le plus touché par le coronavirus, avec uniquement 1,76 % des décès à l’échelle mondiale. Cet exemple de résilience a été examiné lors d’un webinaire organisé par le Comité Économique et Social Européen (CESE) au cours duquel les orateurs ont signalé les opportunités qui se présentent pour une coopération renforcée entre l’Afrique et l’UE une fois la crise passée.


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At its June plenary session, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an information report on the revision of the Machinery Directive. EESC members and the study group for the opinion welcomed the Commission's current efforts to improve the performance of Directive 2006/42/EC, which is a very important and successful instrument for European industry, while noting that radical changes to the directive would have a deeply negative impact and must be avoided.


La pandemia di Covid-19 conferma la natura geostrategica del settore agroalimentare e la necessità di mantenere un'autosufficienza alimentare nell'Unione europea. Il Comitato economico e sociale europeo (CESE) accoglie pertanto con favore la nuova misura proposta dalla Commissione europea per sostenere le aziende agricole e le PMI agroalimentari che incontrano problemi di liquidità e per garantire la loro sopravvivenza economica in questo periodo di crisi. Tuttavia il CESE ritiene che, per attuare tale misura, la Commissione europea dovrebbe prevedere un fondo straordinario al di fuori del bilancio della politica agricola comune.


As Europe slowly emerges from the coronavirus crisis, the climate emergency is starting to regain the place it deserves, coming back to the top of the EU agenda.

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), which brings together civil society organisations from all Member States, developed this Opinion in response to a request by the Republic of Croatia's Presidency of the Council of the EU. The protection of the environment and the fight against climate change are the presidency's key issues.

Il Comitato economico e sociale europeo (CESE) esorta tutte le istituzioni dell'UE e gli Stati membri a continuare a dare una risposta rapida e allineata, basata sulla solidarietà, alla pandemia da coronavirus e ad adottare misure aggiuntive che promuovano gli investimenti sostenibili nella prospettiva del Green Deal europeo. Gli Stati membri devono raggiungere rapidamente un accordo sul quadro finanziario pluriennale (QFP) per il periodo 2021-2027, in linea con le ambizioni del Green Deal.

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.