The External relations – other continents theme covers issues relating to Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP countries), Asia, and Latin America.
Thanks to a long-standing commitment to ACP-EU relations, and a mandate given by the Cotonou Agreement, the EESC regularly meets the economic and social actors in ACP countries in order to submit joint recommendations to the political authorities on issues such as the EU-Africa Strategy, the EU-ACP Economic Partnership Agreements or the development cooperation.
In Asia, the European Economic and Social Committee maintains structured relations with India and China, by operating a civil society round tablewith India (since 2001) and China (since 2007). It has recently started to develop closer relations with organised civil society in Japan and has adopted opinions on the EU-Japan relationship and on the ASEAN region.
The EESC maintains relations with the continent as well as individual countries and regions (Mercosur, Andean Community, Central America, Mexico, Brazil, Chilean civil society). It set up an EU-Brazil Civil Society Round Table in 2009. It works together with its Latin American civil society counterparts on issues such as social cohesion, regional integration and the Association Agreements being currently negotiated by the EU with several Latin American regions and countries.
All those issues are dealt within the Section for External Relations (REX).