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Eastern Neighbours

The EESC's activities concerning the European Eastern Neighbours involve Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. The EESC's main objective is to enhance relations with civil society organisations in the region and to involve them in dialogue with both their national policy-makers and EU civil society organisations. Dialogue and the exchange of experiences between civil society representatives contribute greatly to the implementation of the EU's external policy in the region, which consists of the European Neighbourhood Policy and the EU-Russia Strategic Partnership, complemented by the Eastern Partnership and the Black Sea Synergy initiatives.

The EESC has recently drawn up several opinions on the role of civil society in relations between the EU and its Eastern Neighbours and in the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy.

In July 2004, the EESC established the Eastern Neighbours Contact Group as the main EESC body responsible for relations with civil society in the Eastern Neighbourhood countries. The contact group organises meetings and joint seminars with civil society organisations in the partner countries and plays an active part in Eastern Partnership activities such as multilateral platforms and the EaP Civil Society Forum. Over time, the Eastern Neighbours Contact Group aims to establish permanent structures for dialogue and cooperation between the EESC and civil society organisations in the countries of the region.

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15/11/2017

The 5th meeting of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform took place on 15 November 2017 in Kyiv. During the meeting, a debate was held assessing the state of play in the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, and two reports, prepared by both sides, were discussed and adopted – on the Progress in the implementation of Euro-integration reforms in the field of Science and Technology, and on The rights of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). A Joint Declaration was 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.

27/09/2017
EU-Russia Cooperation in the areas of Higher Education and Rural Development

The 7th Joint Seminar of the European Economic and Social Committee and the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation (CCRF) will bring together EESC members and representatives of their Russian counterpart, representatives of the European Commission, experts and academics, to discuss cooperation in the areas of higher education and rural development. During four thematic sessions, participants will focus on EU-Russia cooperation in the fields of science, research and innovation; aligning higher education in the EU and Russia (the Bologna Process) and Erasmus+, on narrowing the gaps between rural and urban areas, and on cross-border cooperation for businesses and SMEs.

22/05/2017

The CSP complements the political bodies existing within the framework of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement, and it allows civil society organisations from both sides to monitor the implementation process and prepare their recommendations to the relevant authorities both in the Republic of Moldova as well as in the European Union.

18/05/2017

The 4th meeting of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform took place on 18 May 2017 in Brussels. During the meeting, a debate was held assessing the state of play in the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, and two reports, prepared by both sides, were discussed and adopted.

20/02/2017
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Georgia has the best track record in freedom of media among the Eastern Partnership countries, but nevertheless sustained efforts are called for in order to raise the standard of journalistic quality, objectivity and ethics, as well as secure their independence and sources of financing. This was one of the main messages of the EU-Georgia Civil Society Platform (CSP)'s second meeting held on 16th February at the EESC. The Platform also made recommendations for the Georgian government to ...

16/02/2017

The 2nd meeting of the EU-Georgia Civil Society Platform (CSP) will be held on 16 February 2017 at the EESC. The CSP complements the political bodies existing within the framework of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement, and it allows civil society organisations from both sides to monitor the implementation process and prepare recommendations to the relevant authorities both in Georgia as well as in the European Union.

The CSP is made up of nine members from both Parties, representing the EESC and large European civil society networks, on the one side, and civil society organisations from Georgia, on the other side.

30/11/2016

Representatives of the European and Georgian Domestic Advisory Groups (DAGs), set up under the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Georgia, held their second joint meeting in Brussels on 30 November 2016. The participants expressed their commitment to fulfil the mandate foreseen in the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter of the Association Agreement, namely to monitor the implementation of the Chapter and to provide advice to the Parties to the Agreement.

26/01/2016

Representatives of the European and Georgian Domestic Advisory Groups (DAGs), set up under the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Georgia, held their first joint meeting in Tbilisi on 26 January 2016. The participants expressed their commitment to fulfil the mandate foreseen in the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter of the Association Agreement, namely to monitor the implementation of the Chapter and to provide advice to the Parties to the Agreement.

07/07/2015

Representatives of the two Domestic Advisory Groups (DAG) from the EU and Moldova, established under Chapter 13 on Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between the Republic of Moldova and the European Union, held a joint meeting in Chisinau, Moldova, on 7 July 2015. Participants from both sides warmly welcomed the opportunity thus provided to discuss key issues in depth. In particular they underlined the importance of their ability to comment and to make recommendations on, and arising from, the implementation of this TSD chapter, as set out in Article 376.4. This especially includes the opportunity for each DAG to make recommendations through the right of own initiative, as specifically outlined in this Article.

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