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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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16/04/2020
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President

W oczekiwaniu na dzisiejsze głosowanie w Parlamencie Europejskim nad zdecydowaną w swej wymowie rezolucją, która ma nadać ton przyszłotygodniowemu posiedzeniu szefów państw i rządów oraz w świetle solidnego pakietu środków, który Eurogrupa zaproponowała 9 kwietnia w celu wsparcia europejskiej gospodarki, jestem przekonany, że UE ma teraz bardziej niż kiedykolwiek szansę i obowiązek powstania ze swoich popiołów jak Feniks.

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The EU must rise from the ashes of the #Coronacrisis

15/04/2020
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President and José Antonio Moreno Díaz, President of the Group on Fundamental Rights and the Rule of Law (FRRL)

The response to the COVID-19 crisis has had a negative impact on a number of fundamental rights. The unavoidable lockdowns have restricted our freedom of movement and cross-border travel. Freedom of association and assembly have been cut, so have privacy rights through data tracking systems. What has been put in place as a temporary measure cannot be instrumentalised to revert decades-long fights for freedoms and equality.  We must get out of this crisis with our democracies – and our European Union – intact.

08/04/2020
Statement by
Luca Jahier, EESC President and Dilyana Slavova, President of the REX Section

The CODIV-19 is forcing us apart with lockdowns, but at the same showing us that we must stick together if we want to defeat the pandemic. We must react jointly and swiftly to address this unexpected crisis both in Europe and in other regions of the world, because the virus knows no borders, skin colors or social status.

02/04/2020
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For a continent with nearly 1.3 billion inhabitants, Africa has so far been relatively spared by the COVID-19 pandemic, with roughly 6000 cases – mostly in South Africa and Algeria – and 200 deaths at the time of writing. The worst is, alas, still to come.

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

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