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Highlights of the European Economic and Social Committee's September plenary: 17 September, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm As the current term of office comes to an end this September, EESC President Luca Jahier and Vice-Presidents Isabel Caño Aguilar and Milena Angelova discuss with members the milestones and achievements of their time in office. With the participation of European Parliament Vice-President Klara Dobrev and writer and journalist Giuliano da Empoli, founding chairman of Volta think tank. Videomessages from top EU leaders. 


In its evaluation report on the state of play of the European Energy Union, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) warns that it is essential to accelerate developments in energy policies and asks the European Commission to adopt a number of specific economic, social and environmental measures.


The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) points out that a strong, diversified banking system with regional and community banks is essential for Europe's future, stressing that European banks will play a key role in the post-COVID-19 economic recovery.


EESC President Luca Jahier sends letters of condolence and solidarity to Lebanon, addressing HE Mr Fadi Hajali, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary - Head of Mission (EU), Mission of the Lebanese Republic to the European Union and Mr Charles Arbid, President of the Economic and Social Council of Lebanon.


At its July plenary session, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an opinion on the latest annual report issued by the European Commission on the implementation of free trade agreements (FTAs), covering 2018. The EESC outlines the key role of trade in "promoting a sustainable economic recovery and allowing companies to rebuild and re-organise their disrupted value chains". At the same time, it regrets that civil society's monitoring work remains "largely absent" from the implementation report.


The COVID-19 crisis has created the conditions for circular products and services to become the norm in Europe, says the EESC. In a recent opinion on the new EU Circular Economy Action Plan, the EESC urges lawmakers to ensure the circular economy finds a place and resources in the overall "greenprint" for Europe's recovery.