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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    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

  • Public Hearing - Brussels, Belgium

    Following the publication of the EU Agenda on Migration and fully aware of the importance of the topic for Europe and its civil society, the EESC is preparing an opinion on the "EU Action Plan against migrants smuggling".  In this framework, the EESC organised a public hearing to allow the rapporteur, Ms Brenda King and the member of the study group to gather knowledge from relevant stakeholders.

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