AKP und Afrika

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Der EWSA organisiert seit den 1970er-Jahren regelmäßige Sitzungen mit wirtschaftlichen und sozialen Interessengruppen aus den Staaten Afrikas, der Karibik und des pazifischen Raums (AKP-Staaten). Dabei werden Empfehlungen zu Themen ausgearbeitet, die für die Beziehungen zwischen der EU und den AKP-Staaten von Bedeutung sind.

Das Cotonou-Abkommen, in dem die grundlegende Rolle nichtstaatlicher Akteuren im Entwicklungsprozess der AKP-Staaten anerkannt wird, bildet bis 2020 die Grundlage für die Beziehungen zwischen der EU und den 78 AKP-Staaten. Auf der Grundlage dieses Abkommens richtet der EWSA Konsultationssitzungen und Treffen der wirtschaftlichen und sozialen Interessengruppen der AKP-Staaten und der EU aus.

Der EWSA unterhält auf verschiedenen Ebenen ständige Beziehungen mit den Vertretern der Zivilgesellschaft in den AKP-Staaten, namentlich durch:

  • regelmäßige Treffen des Begleitausschusses EU-AKP, der sich aus Mitgliedern des EWSA und Vertretern wirtschaftlicher und sozialer Interessengruppen der AKP-Staaten zusammensetzt,
  • regionale Seminare in AKP-Staaten, die ein Forum für Debatten mit Vertretern der Zivilgesellschaft in wechselnden Regionen über Themen von gemeinsamem Interesse bieten,
  • allgemeine Treffen der wirtschaftlichen und sozialen Interessengruppen der AKP-Staaten und der EU, die alle drei Jahre in Brüssel stattfinden.

Der EWSA steht zudem in regelmäßigem Kontakt mit dem Wirtschafts-, Sozial- und Kulturrat der Afrikanischen Union.

Darüber hinaus unterhält der EWSA seit vielen Jahren regelmäßige Beziehungen zu der Paritätischen Parlamentarischen Versammlung AKP-EU und stellt in den Sitzungen der Versammlung einen Bericht zu seinen Tätigkeiten vor.

Außerdem steht der EWSA in engem Kontakt zu internationalen Arbeitgeber-, Arbeitnehmer-, Landwirtschafts- und Verbraucherorganisationen. Diese Organisationen nominieren die AKP-Vertreter, die zu den vom EWSA veranstalteten Sitzungen eingeladen werden, darunter auch zu jenen des Begleitausschusses EU-AKP.

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verabschiedet on 09/01/2013
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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

verabschiedet on 12/03/2013

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

verabschiedet on 14/12/2016
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Dez 14, 2016 Dez 15, 2016

Development responses to forced displacement should be tailored for each geographic region, whilst ensuring joined-up action across the European Commission and other institutions. While a development-led approach can produce considerable results with the current budget, the need for extra resources should not be ruled out. Civil society, end users, development partners and NGOs should be involved in the delivery and in making the Commission's Communication operational. Social and civil dialogue structures and processes should be enhanced and improved in partner and host countries to assist with its delivery. Entrepreneurship in the affected regions should be supported and developed as a viable development path for many forcibly displaced people. Education and training responses should be based on a lifelong learning approach. The possibility of making EU programmes available to forcibly displaced people should be considered.

Stellungnahme des Ausschusses: Lives in Dignity: from Aid-dependence to Self-reliance

verabschiedet on 22/05/2013
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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

verabschiedet on 24/01/2017

The 2030 Agenda, the new global framework for sustainable development agreed by the UN in 2015, needs to be reflected in EU's development policy, the major orientations of which are set out in the 2005 European Consensus on Development ("the Consensus").

To this end, the Commission issued Communication COM(2016) 740, "Proposal for a New European Consensus on Development: Our World, Our Dignity, Our Future" in November 2016.  Interinstitutional negotiations are expected to result in its endorsement in the form of a Joint Statement by the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission, in May 2017.

Informationsvermerk: REX/484 - European Consensus on Development

verabschiedet on 17/10/2013
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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

verabschiedet on 07/12/2017
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Dez 06, 2017 Dez 07, 2017

The Commission recently published a Communication on a Renewed Partnership with the ACP Group of countries. ACP-EU relations are currently governed by the Cotonou Partnership Agreement that will expire in 2020, therefore the Commission has published recommendations on what the future structure should be. Last year the EESC already drafted a general opinion on the post-Cotonou framework; this new opinion will have to answer specifically to the Commission's communication.


Stellungnahme des Ausschusses: REX/485 - Renewed ACP Partnership


Renewed ACP Partnership

verabschiedet on 22/10/2013
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Dez 10, 2013 Dez 11, 2013

The aim of the European Year for Development 2015 is to inform EU citizens about EU development cooperation, highlighting what the European Union can already achieve as the biggest aid donor in the world and how it could do even more with the combined strength of its Member States and its institutions.

European Year for Development (2015)

verabschiedet on 18/10/2017
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Oct 18, 2017 Oct 19, 2017

The EESC is a strong advocate of a fair, well-administered and sustainable development policy at EU level. It is also very committed to the cause of greater tax justice. In recent years, questions have been raised as to whether the international tax policies of the Member States, in particular the concluding of certain types of double taxation agreements, are consistent with EU development policy objectives.

Stellungnahme des Ausschusses: EU development partnerships and the challenge posed by international tax agreements