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25/05/2021
Statement by
Christa Schweng and Dimitris Dimitriadis

The state-orchestrated forced landing of the civilian plane connecting two EU capitals on 23 May 2021 at the airport of Minsk represents an unacceptable attack on the safety of travellers and an assault on the freedom of press. The EESC, as representative of organised European civil society, strongly opposes any attack against the freedom of speech or press and severely condemns all acts of violence. ...

23/03/2021
Statement by
Christa Schweng, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Dimitris Dimitriadis, President of the Section for External Relations (REX)
Organisation: 
European Economic and Social Committee

Statement by Christa Schweng, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Dimitris Dimitriadis, President of the Section for External Relations (REX)

17/03/2021
Statement by
EESC President Christa Schweng / Brikena Xhomaqi, Co-chair of the EESC Liaison Group
Organisation: 
European Economic and Social Committee

Organised civil society is a key player in our democracies in Europe. We need to involve it in the current recovery and reconstruction process to make sure that no one is left behind on our way towards a sustainable Europe in 2030 and beyond.

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Joint statement by the EESC Liaison Group Co-Chairs - No sustainable recovery in Europe without civil society

10/03/2021
Statement by
President Christa Schweng
Organisation: 
European Economic and Social Committee

Statement by EESC President Christa Schweng
I welcome today's signature of the joint declaration between the European Commission, European Parliament and the Council that sets out the Conference on the Future of Europe. The European Economic and Social Committee is looking forward to actively contributing to the debate, being invited as an observer.

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04/03/2021
Statement by
Christa Schweng, President of the European Economic and Social Committee and Laurenţiu Plosceanu, President of the Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship (SOC)
Organisation: 
European Economic and Social Committee

We are looking forward to working on the European Commission's three major initiatives: a Communication on "the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan", a Proposal for a Directive to "strengthen the application of the principle of equal pay for equal work or work of equal value between men and women through pay transparency and enforcement mechanisms" as well as on "the Strategy for the rights of persons with disabilities 2021 – 2030".

29/01/2021
Statement by
Christa Schweng, Laurenţiu Plosceanu, Paul Soete, Cristian Pîrvulescu, Dimitris Dimitriadis
Organisation: 
European Economic and Social Committee

We are deeply concerned at the humanitarian crisis that thousands of Afghan, Iranian and Pakistani migrants are currently facing in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Regrettably, migrants are also experiencing the same inhumane treatment at other external borders of the EU and in countries such as Libya and Turkey, where they have been stranded on their way to the EU.
For weeks now, around 2 500 people, many of whom are unaccompanied minors, families with children and elderly people in need of medical assistance, have been left without basic shelter and are struggling to survive hunger, thirst and the freezing Balkan temperatures after the Lipa refugee camp in north-eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina was burned down and closed.

27/01/2021
Statement by
Christa Schweng, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), and António Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal, on the occasion of their bilateral meeting

During their meeting on 27 January 2021 EESC President Christa Schweng and Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa stated that, at a time when everything was becoming a matter of urgency – vaccination, economic recovery, the climate and digital transitions, and the relaunch of the European Pillar of Social Rights – it was especially important to focus on quality delivery.

24/12/2020
Statement by
Christa Schweng, EESC President, and Jack O'Connor, President of the EESC Brexit Follow-up Group

Statement from Christa Schweng and Jack O'Connor – Congratulations to the European Union and United Kingdom negotiators for successfully concluding a most complex and difficult negotiation to deliver a Trade Agreement which is vitally important to the people of both the UK and all of Europe.

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