European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

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In a video conference held today, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Mr Peter Altmaier, exchanged views with the President of the European Economic and Social Committee, Mr Luca Jahier, on the priorities of the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2020.

Minister Altmaier said: "The overriding goal of the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union is to overcome the coronavirus crisis. We need new dynamism for growth after the crisis. We are committed to helping Europe develop new strength as a place for business and investment. Our main focus here is digitisation because the crisis has made it clear to us that we will not succeed without digitisation. We will therefore expand and strengthen digital and technical sovereignty within Europe. In addition, we must actively shape structural change and take advantage of the opportunities offered by the European Green Deal. I am very pleased that the European Economic and Social Committee is providing advice and assistance to support us in this endeavour".

Established by the 1957 Treaty of Rome, the EESC is made up of representatives of the social partner organisations and representatives of civil society, and has consultation rights in the EU legislative process. It can also issue own-initiative and exploratory opinions, the latter at the request of future presidencies of the Council of the European Union, the European Parliament and the European Commission. EESC opinions serve to involve the social partners and civil society in political processes taking place at European level. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy coordinates cooperation with the EESC on behalf of the Federal Government.