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01/07/2020
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President

Today starts the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The European agenda could hardly have been more challenging: the adoption of the Recovery plan to repair the consequences of the Covid 19 pandemic, the crucial Brexit negotiations and the launch of the Conference on the future of Europe.

While the agenda is heavy, there is no doubt that the German Presidency is fully equipped to transform each of these challenges into concrete and successful results to deliver a stronger, more innovative, inclusive and sustainable Europe.

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08/03/2019
Statement by
Luca Jahier, Isabel Caño Aguilar and Milena Angelova, respectively President and Vice-Presidents of the EESC

On the occasion of Women's Day, a beautiful date to celebrate as it marks the victories of long battles fought by the generations of women who came before us, we should renew the commitment to walk the walk on gender equality.

08/03/2019
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Czy można zakwestionować apel prezydenta Emmanuela Macrona o odrodzenie Europy? Choć Europa przez ostatnie 60 lat pokoju osiągnęła bardzo wiele, nie możemy dłużej traktować tego jako oczywistości, lecz musimy starać się ze wszystkich sił, by ten stan utrzymać. Wszyscy wiemy, że tak długiego nieprzerwanego okresu pokojowej współegzystencji nie było na naszym kontynencie przez cale wieki. Podobnie nasz jednolity rynek, pomimo lepszych i gorszych momentów (kryzys naftowy w latach 70. i niezwykle poważny i długotrwały kryzys z 2007 r.), przyczynił się do wzrostu gospodarczego i dobrobytu.

07/03/2019
Speaker
Luca Jahier, EESC President

The creation and emergence of Industry4Europe in the European political arena shows the strong capacity we have when we need to deliver. You have done it well! I refer to your extremely concrete joint call to the candidates for the 2019 European elections. In it, you are rightly calling the future Parliament and the future European Commission to put industry at the top of the European political agenda. The manufacturing sector weighs for more than 20% of the European GDP and it is an essential driver of employment.

06/03/2019
Speaker
Luca Jahier, EESC President

The project of accelerating the circular economy transition has been an excellent example of EU synergy in action. The ambitious circular economy initiatives adopted by the Commission, coupled with our Committee's access to a widespread civil society network, are paving the way toward a more sustainable European economy. We believe that the Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform is a powerful living bridge, linking the EU institutions with grassroots civil society organisations, promoting and sharing circular economy solutions for all citizens, for the well-being of present and future generations.

22/02/2019

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held the Civil Society for rEUnaissance event on 21 February 2019 to discuss the key role that organised civil society must play for the future of Europe - just over 90 days from the European elections. The event brought together the highest representatives of the European institutions and civil society organisations from across the entire EU, among them 16‑year‑old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Committee of the Regions President Karl-Heinz Lambertz.

21/02/2019
Speaker
Luca Jahier, EESC President

This is an important day. We are gathered here a little over ninety days before the European elections to ask the question: are we brave enough to grasp the urgency of the moment?

13/02/2019
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President, and Stefano Mallia, President of the EESC Brexit Committee

As British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing a new attempt by a cross-party group of MPs to prevent a no-deal Brexit and enable parliament to force ministers to seek a delay if there is no deal in place, we believe that the UK Parliament must make one last-minute effort to find common ground on the withdrawal agreement to avoid a hard Brexit.

07/02/2019
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The European Union has a strategy which, if embraced decisively by its Member States and European civil society, would enable it to embark on an upward economic, social, environmental and institutional course. This strategy is the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is based on the EU Treaty itself.

01/02/2019
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President

I have been following closely the latest developments and I fully support the swift entry into force and full implementation of the Prespa Agreement between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on the change of name of the latter into Republic of North Macedonia. I hope that the resolution of this long-standing issue, which is an example of reconciliation for Europe, will pave the way for the opening of the EU accession negotiations with this Western Balkans country in June 2019, as foreseen by the Council Conclusions adopted in June 2018. 

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