Following the recent decision by Tunisian President Kais Saied to prolong the suspension of parliamentary activities until the next general elections in December 2022:
We strongly support the commitment of the people of Tunisia to democracy, to the constitution and to a well-functioning and legitimate parliament. The return to a normal functioning of state institutions and the restoration of institutional stability should take place as soon as possible, without any further suspension of parliamentary activities.
After a two-year hiatus, the EU-China Civil Society Round Table held its annual meeting in hybrid format on 14 December. The Round Table allowed participants to hold an open exchange on post-COVID economic recovery and possible EU-China cooperation without omitting difficult questions.
The EESC, together with its civil society partners from the region, strongly supports further EU enlargement to the Western Balkans countries. As stated in the Final Declaration from the EESC's 8th Western Balkans Civil Society Forum, held on 30 September and 1 October 2021 in Skopje, North Macedonia, European integration of the Western Balkans represents a geostrategic investment in the peace, stability, and economic as well as social development of the entire continent.
The European Economic and Social Committee launched its vaccination campaign at the December plenary session. EESC President Christa Schweng strongly believes that "No one will be safe from #Covid19 until everybody is safe.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Convention of 1951, which shaped the concept of asylum for Europe and was later extended on a global scale with the New York Protocol of 1967: both legal instruments are obligatory and generate responsibilities for the countries that have signed them, including the 27 EU states.
The EESC welcomes the European Semester Autumn Package published today by the European Commission. The Committee will provide its input to the EU institutions by an opinion to be adopted in February 2022, ahead of the Spring European Council.
On 12 October, the Polish Constitutional Tribunal ruling, which found that parts of EU law were "incompatible" with the Polish Constitution, entered into force. ...
With rising energy prices having an ever-increasing impact on businesses, workers and civil society at large, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) welcomes the European Commission's toolbox to mitigate the negative effect. EESC is also pleased that the document echoes a number of its proposals and calls for care to be taken to ensure that no one is left behind.
Prior to tomorrow's adoption of migration related communications by the European Commission, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) recalls the need for a common European framework for migration management that is effective, focusses on both external borders and legal migration pathways and is in line with EU's values. The EESC welcomes the existing monitoring done by the Commission as this provides the factual basis for future policy measures
On 14th of September 2021 the co-chairs of the EESC Liaison Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the EESC and the European civil society organisations that are member of the EES Liaison Group. With a view to the Conference of the Future of Europe, this MoU aims to join forces and to co-organise joint activities, debates and events at EU, national, regional and local level over the next few months.
A strong emphasis on the EU's recovery, health union and digitalisation, a firm position on defending the rule of law and a focus on the future of Europe: these are the elements of this year's State of the Union that are very much welcomed by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and that particularly align with its priorities.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) releases the full programme of its new president, Christa Schweng, for her 2020-2023 term of office
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.