19 May 2003 Ref: 033/2003 MAY PLENARY SESSION THE ENLARGEMENT OF EUROPE MUST ALSO RESULT IN A WELCOMING OF THE FUTURE MEMBER STATES' CIVIL SOCIETIES
52 Observers from the ten future Member States (Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia) attended for the first time the EESC's plenary session thus formalising, in a concrete manner, the contacts that have been forged for several years with the representatives of civil society in each of these countries.
As described from the outset by Roger Briesch, President of the EESC, the need for a debate with the future Member States is important in order to know if it means "entry into a large market or into Europe".
14 May 2003 Ref: 030 / 2003 5th REGIONAL SEMINAR OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CIRCLES, YAOUNDE, CAMEROON The EESC will be organising on the 21, 22 and 23 of May, in Yaoundé, Cameroon, the Fifth Regional Seminar of Economic and Social Organisations. The Cotonou Agreement, signed on 23 June 2000, renews the relationship between the European Union and the 77 signature countries for the next twenty years. According to Protocol N° 1 of the Agreement, Ministers have entrusted the EESC with, "the organisation of consultation sessions and meetings of EU-ACP social and economic circles".
7 May 2003 Ref: 028 /2003 CIVIL SOCIETY PROVIDES A CONTRIBUTION TO THE EU/MERCOSUR ASSOCIATION AGREEMENT NEGOTIATIONS The growing importance of the EU's relationship with Mercosur as a strategic partner and the increasing role of organised civil society within that relationship were just two important considerations to come out of the EESC/Foro Consultivo Económico-Social meeting that took place at the EESC's headquarters in Brussels on 5-6 May. Mr Roger Briesch, EESC President, took full opportunity at the meeting to highlight the importance of the EU/Mercosur relationship as a model for other areas of Latin America.
2 May 2003 Ref: 026/2003 EESC/FORO CONSULTIVO ECONÓMICO-SOCIAL MEETING, 5-6 MAY Emilio Gimenez Franco, Paraguayan Ambassador, Mr Dupla del Moral, from the Commission's EU/MERCOSUR negotiating team and Mr Pedro Marset Vice-President of the European Parliament's Delegation for South America and Mercosur are just three of the representatives that are due to meet with EESC President Roger Briesch for the EESC/ Foro Consultivo Económico-Social meeting that is due to take place at the EESC's headquarters in Brussels on 5-6 May.