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  • 6 Dec 2016
    Enhancement of the EU-Turkey bilateral trade relations and the modernisation of the Customs Union Ongoing References: REX/468 Referral Rapporteur: Dimitris Dimitriadis (Employers - GR I / Greece)

    An Association Agreement was signed between the EEC and Turkey in 1963 (the Ankara Agreement), whereby the parties agreed to create a Customs Union (CU). The final phase of the CU was established on 1 January 1996 through the EU-Turkey Association Council Decision 1/95, currently in application. After 20 years, the framework of bilateral trade relations has become outdated: it is limited to industrial and certain processed agricultural products, with complementary alignment on some economic legislation and ad hoc preferential concessions on certain agricultural products.

    With important free trade agreements of the EU with third countries and notably EU-US TTIP negotiations featuring highly on the trade agenda, the modernisation of the CU and, more importantly, the enhancement of the EU-Turkey bilateral trade relations can be a tool for Turkey to underpin its economic reforms, improve its competitiveness and have a better standing to be able to integrate later challenging trade deals such as TTIP. A number of ad hoc assessments have been carried out on the CU, mostly pointing at the economic benefits of the agreement. Moreover, an evaluation carried out by the World Bank was published in April 2014.

    In May 2015 the EU Trade Commissioner and the Turkish Economy Minister jointly launched the process of preparing the upgrade of the EU-Turkey bilateral trade and economic relations. The process consists of the enhancement of the trade relations in areas such as trade in services and public procurement, the further liberalisation of trade in agricultural products, and the modernisation of the Customs Union. The EESC has been asked by the European Commission to produce an opinion, as part of the ongoing consultation on the Enhancement of EU-Turkey bilateral trade relations and modernisation of the EU-Turkey Customs Union.

  • 22 Nov 2016
    The external dimension of social economy Ongoing References: REX/472 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Miguel Ángel Cabra de Luna (Various interests - GR III / Spain)

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    International Trade, Social Policy
  • 9 Nov 2016
    REX/477 - Establishing the EFSD Guarantee and the EFSD Guarantee Fund Ongoing References: REX/477 Referral - Rapporteur: Jan Simons (Employers - GR I / Netherlands)

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  • 8 Nov 2016
    EESC Opinion - Establishing a new Partnership Framework with third countries under the European Agenda on Migration Ongoing References: REX/478 Referral - Rapporteur: Cristian Pîrvulescu (Various interests - GR III / Romania)

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    Migration
  • 8 Nov 2016
    Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations Ongoing References: REX/480 Referral Rapporteur: Luca Jahier (Various interests - GR III / Italy)

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  • 20 Oct 2016
    EESC opinion: The 2030 Agenda – a European Union committed to sustainable development globally Adopted References: REX/461 EESC-2016-00758-00-00-AC-TRA Own-initiative Rapporteur: Ioannis Vardakastanis (Various interests - GR III / Greece) Plenary Session: 520 - 19 Oct 2016 - 20 Oct 2016 (Summary Plenary Session)

    The 2030 Agenda represents a breakthrough in multilateral cooperation, in the sense that it puts social and human development on a par with economic progress, and sees these three dimensions as a whole. Whereas the MDGs (Millennium Development goals) addressed primarily developing countries, this new Agenda is a transformational and universal agenda for all countries, and promotes a new, inclusive and participatory method of decision-making.

     

    The EU showed significant leadership in the process leading up to the adoption of the new SDGs (Sustainable Development Goasl). The opinion stresses that the EU needs to hold up its credibility both internally and externally, when it comes to implementing the Agenda and its 17 goals. Pointing to the universal and indivisible nature of the Agenda, the opinion underlines the importance of an EU response at the highest level, providing a robust base on which an overarching EU strategy should be founded. The opinion also calls upon civil society in Europe and worldwide, to play its role in monitoring the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and in bringing the debate on the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals to the capitals.

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    EESC opinion: The 2030 Agenda – a European Union committed to sustainable development globally

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    External Relations - Enlargement/EUNeighbours, External Relations - the rest of the world

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    Sustainable development

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  • 14 Oct 2016
    EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement (evaluation) Ongoing References: REX/479 Rapporteur: Dumitru FORNEA (Workers - GR II / Romania)

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    International Trade

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  • 11 Oct 2016
    Regular migration to the EU Adopted References: REX/460 Rapporteur: Dimitris Dimitriadis (Employers - GR I / Greece) Co-rapporteur: Jean-Marc Roirant (Various interests - GR III / France)

    This report follows the conclusion of the 2015 Euro-Mediterranean Summit of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions on cooperation with third countries in promoting regular migration to the EU and will be presented at the 2016 Euromed Summit. Cooperation with countries of origin and international bodies to increase transit possibilities for regular migrants to the EU is the most effective way of combating the illicit trafficking of people and meeting the need for workers in EU countries. The aim of the information report is to define the pillars that can facilitate cooperation on regular migration and ascertain what experience has been gained from labour migration agreements with countries of origin and from the ways in which the Member States manage recruitment abroad.

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    EESC section opinion: Information Report - Cooperation with third countries in promoting regular migration to the EU

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    SOC Section, REX Section

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    External Relations - Enlargement/EUNeighbours, Social Affairs

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    Euromed, Migration

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    Plenary Session 19-20 October 2016
  • 22 Sep 2016
    The role of Turkey in the refugee crisis Ongoing References: REX/476 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Dimitris DIMITRIADIS (Employers - GR I / Greece)

    Turkey’s geographical position makes it a first reception and transit country for many refugees and migrants. As the result of an unprecedented influx of people seeking refuge, the country currently hosts more than 2.7 million registered Syrian refugees and is making commendable efforts to provide them with humanitarian aid and support. The EU is committed to assist Turkey in dealing with this challenge.

     

    As part of a wider programme of country visits to 11 EU countries and to Turkey, an EESC delegation undertook a three-day mission to Ankara and Izmir to meet authorities and civil society organisations active in the migration field from 9 to 11 March 2016. In the report from this fact-finding mission, a significant number of important issues have been raised about the country's role – as a gateway to the EU – in the refugee crisis.

     

    The EU-Turkey Statement, which was issued on 18 March 2016, reconfirmed both parties' commitment to the implementation of the EU-Turkey joint action plan activated on 29 November 2015. The European Commission is issuing regular progress reports on its implementation.

     

    In the light of Turkey's ever-expanding role as the EU's most important partner in tackling the current migrant crisis, there is a need for an in-depth examination of different aspects of protection which Turkey offers to refugees. With this own-initiative opinion, the EESC wishes to contribute to this examination from the point of view of civil society organisations (CSOs), by devoting particular attention to evaluating economic, social and humanitarian conditions of refugees in the country, by analysing in depth the role of Turkey in tackling the refugee crisis and by identifying new areas of cooperation.

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    External Relations - Enlargement/EUNeighbours

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    Migration
  • 21 Sep 2016
    The position of the EESC on specific key issues of the TTIP Adopted References: REX/464 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Mr Philippe de Buck (Employers - GR I / Belgium) Co-rapporteur: Ms Tanja Buzek (Workers - GR II / Germany) Plenary Session: 519 - 21 Sep 2016 - 22 Sep 2016

    The EESC has played an important role in strengthening an informed civil society debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) through a number of TTIP-related opinions, adopted in 2014 and 2015, covering issues such as labour rights, investment protection, impact on SMEs, among others.

    It is important under the present circumstances that the EESC, in order to maintain its position as a key civil society player in the TTIP debate, react to the textual proposals for TTIP negotiations on essential topics such as the sustainable development chapter, regulatory cooperation, investment and services. This will have the advantage not only of setting up the EESC position on major negotiating chapters but also of presenting concrete recommendations and pointing out the need to involve civil society in the implementation of those chapters.

    The opinion would serve primarily as the EESC contribution to the discussions on the main topics of interest in the TTIP negotiations. Additionally, a balanced and in-depth opinion from the EESC would contribute to fostering a more informed debate on key TTIP issues.

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