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 work towards creating the conditions for the inclusion of civil society in the political dialogue in the Southern partner countries.
  • 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.



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Events & Activities on Euromed

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    Vravrona, Greece

    The Euromed Summit brings together some 120 participants from a range of economic and social councils, or similar institutions, representatives of employers, trade unions, other economic and social interests groups and NGOs from countries which are members of the Union for the Mediterranean.

    This year, the exchange will focus on the following topics:
    • Promotion of legal migration
    • Women participation in labour force and women's entrepreneurship
    • Organised civil society and climate change in the view of the COP22
    • The coordination of social protection systems

    As on previous occasions, the meeting will conclude with the adoption of a final declaration.

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    Brussels, Belgium

    The Euro-Mediterranean Summit of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions aims at promoting greater understanding of the main issues affecting organised civil society in the Euromed region, discussing the role of civil society in relations with the European Union and enhancing mutual awareness of economic and social realities

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