The 2nd meeting of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform will take place on 11 February 2016 in EESC premises in Brussels. During the meeting, a debate will be held assessing the state of play in the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, and two reports, prepared by both sides, will be discussed and adopted – on energy policy and on the rule of law, with a focus on fight against corruption. A Joint Declaration will be adopted at the end of the meeting to be forwarded to the EU-Ukraine Association Council, the Association Committee, the Parliamentary Association Committee and other relevant bodies both in Ukraine as well as in the EU.
The EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform, established in April 2015, complements the political bodies existing within the framework of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. It allows civil society organisations from both sides to monitor the implementation process from the point of view of civil society, and prepare its recommendations to the relevant authorities.
The Platform has 15 members on both sides. On the EU side, it is comprised of 9 EESC members and 6 observers from European civil society networks (Eurochambres, BusinessEurope, ETUC, Copa-Cogeca, Cooperatives Europe, EaP Civil Society Forum).
"Our fact-finding mission in Tibet: first conclusions and main points for the Committee's incoming Report" On the 9th of September, a Delegation of the European Economic and Social Council left to China for a fact-finding mission to Tibet, at the invitation of the Chinese Economic and Social Council. As representatives of European civil society, as well as EU consultative body working for the economic and social development, the EESC Delegation had the mission to analyse the economic and social situation in Tibet. It also explored all possible fields of cooperation and dialogue which could be developed, especially in the areas of education, access to employment, healthcare, gender equality, with the Tibetan civil society.