Related Theme: External Relations - Enlargement/EUNeighbours

Relations with the Euromed region are one of our priorities. Our work covers a wide variety of areas such as democratic transition, youth employment, sustainable development, mobility and immigration, trade, renewable energy and business development.

The Economic and Social Committee has been working on these issues since 1995. Following the events of the Arab Spring in 2010, we have adjusted our objectives accordingly, aiming to:

  • Support civil society organisations in countries undergoing transition. Such support is targeted, in particular, at trade unions, employers’ organisations, as well as women’s, youth, and farmers’ associations.
  • Maintain bilateral relations with the national Economic and Social Councils in the region, and create these councils in countries which do not have them.
  • Issue opinions and common reports on the key policy challenges facing the region.
  • Hold regular meetings with European institutions to discuss the policies concerning civil society across the region.
  • Organise an annual summit for Economic and Social Councils and similar institutions during which key policy recommendations on the region’s main challenges will be put to policy-makers from national governments and the EU.


EESC and the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (Euromed)

An introduction by Pedro Narro, President of the EESC EUROMED Follow-up Committee.


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Events & Activities on Euromed

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  • Public Hearing - Brussels, Belgium

    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), as the main voice of Europe's civil society, wants to explore new avenues of participation and instruments for cooperation and look at key topics such as education, mobility and gender issues to tackle youth issues in the euromediterranean region. It is holding a hearing on 2 July 2014 at the EESC's headquarters in Brussels.

  • Brussels, Belgium

    The hearing explored in what way migration-related issues can be integrated and mainstreamed into the EU external relations policies, drawing on policy instruments such as migration and mobility agreements, development policy,and trade and how the EU can benefit from mobility whilst making sure that the interests of its partners are respected.

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