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.


Events & Activities on Euromed

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    Seminar - Nicosia, Cyprus

    The Euromed Summit brings together over 150 participants, to promote greater understanding of the main issues affecting organised civil society in the Euromed region.  The 2014 Euromed Summit will have a particular emphasis on the following:

    • the challenges related to social exclusion and poverty in the north and south of the Mediterranean;

    • the importance of the social economy and entrepreneurship;

    • the socio-economic situation of young people in the Euromed region.

  • 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.

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