AVS og Afrika

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Fra den første Lomékonvention (1975) til Cotonouaftalen (2000-2021) er forbindelserne mellem EU og 79 lande i Gruppen af Stater i Afrika, Vestindien og Stillehave (AVS), der for nylig blev til Organisationen af Stater i Afrika, Vestindien og Stillehavet, blevet reguleret af EU-AVS-partnerskaber.

I hele denne periode har EØSU sammen med civilsamfundet i AVS-landene arbejdet indædt for at få anerkendt den vigtige rolle, som ikkestatslige aktører spiller i udviklingsprocessen. Dette lykkedes med indgåelsen af Cotonouaftalen, hvori EØSU fik til opgave at organisere aktiviteter og høringer med de økonomiske og sociale interessegrupper i AVS-landene og EU for at indsamle det organiserede civilsamfunds synspunkter og for, at det kan blive hørt. Målet har været at fremme udveksling og fremsætte anbefalinger vedrørende spørgsmål og politikker af relevans for forbindelserne mellem AVS-landene og EU, som senere videreformidles til lederne i EU og AVS-landene.

Rent praktisk gennemføres EØSU's aktiviteter knyttet til forbindelserne mellem EU og Organisationen af Stater i Afrika, Vestindien og Stillehavet overvejende efter retningslinjer, som udstikkes af et inklusivt opfølgningsudvalg EU/AVS, der består af EØSU-medlemmer og delegerede, som repræsenterer økonomiske og sociale interessegrupper i AVS-landene.

EØSU har på forskellige niveauer regelmæssig kontakt med repræsentanter for civilsamfundet i AVS-landene gennem:

  • Regelmæssige møder i Opfølgningsudvalget EU/AVS.
  • Regionale seminarer i AVS-landene, hvor emner af fælles interesse drøftes med repræsentanter for civilsamfundet på skift i forskellige regioner.
  • Generalforsamlinger, der afholdes hvert tredje år i Bruxelles, for økonomiske og sociale interessegrupper i AVS-landene og EU.

EØSU opretholder også regelmæssige kontakter med repræsentanter for økonomiske og sociale interessegrupper i Den Afrikanske Union inden for rammerne af den fælles Afrika-EU-strategi. Helt konkret afholder EØSU årlige møder med EU-Afrika-netværket af økonomiske og sociale aktører. 

EØSU har i mange år haft regelmæssig kontakt med Den Blandede Parlamentariske Forsamling AVS-EU og forelagt en årsberetning ved forsamlingens møder.

Derudover har EØSU tæt kontakt med internationale arbejdsgiver-, arbejdstager-, landbrugs- og forbrugerorganisationer. Disse organisationer udpeger de AVS-repræsentanter, der inviteres til møderne i EØSU, herunder i opfølgningsudvalget AVS/EU.

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Opinion
Vedtaget on 17/10/2013
Reference: 
REX/386-EESC-2013-4374
Plenarforsamling: 
493 -
Oct 16, 2013 Oct 17, 2013

Given the EESC specific expertise, the EESC's opinion is particularly sought on the role of the private sector –taking into account its diversity from SMEs to multinational companies- in fostering smart and sustainable economic growth and creating jobs, as well as investing in training, education, research and innovation, key enabling technologies such as information and communication technologies (ICT). Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, Public-Private Partnerships, joint innovation and inclusive business models could also be issues to be investigated. Possible mechanisms, processes allowing the involvement of the "private sector" in a global partnership for development in a post 2015 framework would also be of interest.

Involvement of the private sector in the post 2015 development framework

Opinion
Vedtaget on 22/05/2013
Reference: 
REX/372-EESC-2013-2417
Plenarforsamling: 
490 -
May 22, 2013 May 23, 2013

The opinion of the EESC should consider different options and scenarios for post-2015 and develop proposals on how to involve civil society more extensively in the process.

A Decent life for All: Ending poverty and giving the world a sustainable future

Opinion
Vedtaget on 12/03/2013
Reference: 
REX/364-EESC-2013-2030

In this opinion, the EESC will aim to adopt a stance on the role of social protection in development policy. This is likely to be one of the main topics in the debate about the new goals of development policy which are to replace the Millennium Development Goals after 2015.

Social protection in European Union development cooperation

Opinion
Vedtaget on 09/01/2013
Reference: 
REX/362-EESC-2012-2054
Plenarforsamling: 
486 -
Jan 16, 2013 Jan 17, 2013

The EESC considers that the EU's underlying objectives for the renewed EU-Pacific development Partnership are ambitious, but believes that the implementing arrangements, which mainly concern environmental protection and biodiversity conservation in the region, are not clear. Synergies are needed with other organisations to address the impact of climate change, which has a cross-cutting impact on national and multilateral policies as well as social and economic repercussions. Issues associated with the impact of climate change should be incorporated in the area's comprehensive environmental policies and ensure coherent behaviour and actions. To this end, the active involvement of all local stakeholders is necessary.

Towards a renewed EU-Pacific development Partnership

Opinion
Vedtaget on 24/05/2012
Reference: 
REX/348-EESC-2012-1318

EU support for good governance and human rights (pillar of the agenda for change) should be aimed at promoting a human rights-based approach to development whose features are: participation in political processes, democratic ownership and empowerment of rights holders; human rights compliance systems on internationally agreed commitments; policy coherence between human rights, aid, and economic policies.

Increasing the impact of EU Development Policy Agenda for change / The future approach to EU Budget Support to third countries

02/12/2019
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On 22 November, participants in the 17th regional seminar of ACP-EU economic and social interest groups adopted a declaration highlighting the potential of the blue economy as a key factor for development in many eastern and southern African countries. The event, hosted by the EESC in Mauritius, was also an opportunity for civil society representatives to call for a greater role for civil society in the negotiation of Economic Partnership Agreements and bilateral Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreements (SFPAs) and to acknowledge the role played by African and EU economic and social groups in the development of infrastructure.

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