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31/03/2020
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President

I have always considered myself a proud European, today more than ever. Nevertheless, the current mood between the heads of State and Government, coupled with the persistent viral divisions, presents a lethal risk – not only to the European Union, but also to our ability to bounce back from this unprecedented systemic and symmetric crisis.

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In the next 10 days, we will know whether the Coronavirus crisis will make or break Europe

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
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President

In less than 15 days, the EU has taken ground-breaking decisions to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and after some initial hesitation it has proven that Member States can simply not do without a coherent, coordinated approach in front of a global pandemic.

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EU leaders take initial responsible steps to fight COVID-19, but Europe needs more courage to deliver #Whateverittakes

23/03/2020
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President

Today's ECOFIN decision did not seem to fully respond to the magnitude of the challenge that the EU is facing.

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ECOFIN: #WhateverItTakes means Whatever It Takes!

20/03/2020
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President

Following the EESC declaration "COVID-19: Now, we are either a Union or we are nothing", adopted by the Bureau on March 17, 2020, President Luca Jahier has urged today all institutions, authorities, regulators, both at European or national level, to take urgent and decisive actions to contain and fight against the pandemic and address the risks of a long-term shock for the economy and people's wellbeing. 

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President Jahier urges ECB and EBA to allow EU banks to help families, workers and companies with extraordinary measures

11/03/2020
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President

Covid-19 obliges everyone to show full responsibility and caution. It is a delicate moment for everyone. However, 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.

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Statement by EESC President on Covid-19

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