External Relations Section (REX)

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Looking outwards to the rest of the world

Europe is a major actor on the global stage. The EU aims to lead by example, through its relations with other countries, setting good practice in areas like employment conditions and social solidarity, trade, sustainable development, and environmental protection. Through the REX Section, we monitor the EU’s external relations. We support and develop partnerships with civil society organisations in other countries, especially those where the EU has established a structured dialogue. The section also covers policy on trade and development.

 

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  • Published In: 2014
    6 pages
    The EESC and the Mediterranean

    In November 1995, at the Euro-Mediterranean Conference in Barcelona, foreign affairs ministers of the EU and Mediterranean partner countries concluded a regional partnership, the aim of which was to establish a common area of peace and stability, create an area of shared prosperity, develop human resources, promote understanding between cultures and foster exchanges between civil societies. The Barcelona process was born and provided the foundation for broader cooperation across the Mediterranean. This process was complemented by the EU's introduction, in 2004, of its European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). This policy, which has been revised since the "Arab Spring", facilitates the EU's bilateral relations with its partners, based on the EU's Association Agreements with individual southern partner countries, and allows the EU to take into account the specific situation of each country.

    The EESC's mission both in the past and the present has been to involve socio-economic players and other civil society representatives in policy-making in the region. The EESC firmly believes that this is vital for the overall success of policies and is fully committed to developing the civil society dimension of Euro-Mediterranean cooperation, even more so now that many countries in the region are undergoing a transition to democracy.

     

     

  • Published In: 2014
    2 pages
    The EESC and the Western Balkans

    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has developed a dual approach, regional and bilateral, for its relations with civil society organizations (CSOs) of the Western Balkans.

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