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In Asien unterhält der EWSA Beziehungen zu zivilgesellschaftlichen Organisationen in China, Japan und Südkorea. So wurde im Jahr 2007 im Anschluss an das 9. Gipfeltreffen EU-China ein offizielles Diskussionsforum EU-China eingerichtet, das mindestens einmal jährlich zusammenkommt. In den letzten Jahren bemüht sich der EWS im Hinblick auf das Freihandelsabkommen zwischen der EU und Japan, in dem der Zivilgesellschaft eine begleitende und beratende Funktion zugewiesen wird, um den Aufbau engerer Beziehungen zur organisierten Zivilgesellschaft Japans.

Das Freihandelsabkommen EU-Republik Korea, das im Jahr 2011 in Kraft getreten ist, war das erste der sogenannten neuen Generation von Handelsabkommen der EU. Die Besonderheit dieser Abkommen liegt in der Aufnahme eines Kapitels zu Handel und nachhaltiger Entwicklung, in dem dem EWSA – zusammen mit zivilgesellschaftlichen Organisationen der Republik Korea – eine offizielle Rolle bei der Begleitung der Umsetzung dieses Kapitels und der Beratung der zuständigen politischen Gremien in Sachen Umwelt-, Sozial- und Arbeitsstandards sowie weiteren für die Zivilgesellschaft unmittelbar relevanten Fragen zugewiesen wird. Jedes Jahr finden drei Treffen der Internen Beratungsgruppe der EU statt, und einmal im Jahr findet ein gemeinsames Treffen statt.

Darüber hinaus unterhält der EWSA Beziehungen zur Zivilgesellschaft in weiteren asiatischen Ländern und beteiligt sich ggf. an einschlägigen internationalen Veranstaltungen. Ein Beispiel hierfür ist das zweijährliche Asien-Europa-Bürgerforum, eine interregionale Plattform der Zivilgesellschaft, die Teil des Asien-Europa-Treffens ist.

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28/03/2019
Jonathan Peel during the plenary session
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The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has adopted at its March plenary session an opinion on the Joint Communication "Connecting Europe and Asia – Building blocks for an EU Strategy", issued by the European Commission and the EU High Representative in September 2018. The EESC considers it to be a seriously missed opportunity, with many significant strategic gaps, little ambition and no real depth of vision offered as to the development of EU's relationship and connectivity with Asia.  

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This meeting was an excellent opportunity for a timely update by DG Trade on the implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter under the FTA, as well as for a constructive exchange with the Director of the ILO office in Hanoi on the labour situation in Vietnam and the state of play of the roadmap.

Additionally, Ambassador Vu Anh Quang, from the Vietnamese Mission to the EU, participated in an exchange with the EU Domestic Advisory Group (EU DAG) members to share his views on ongoing topics within the context of the EU Vietnam relations.

The members of the EU DAG, which is composed of representatives of employers' organisations, trade unions and various interest groups, also further discussed its work programme and prepared the upcoming joint meetings with its Vietnamese civil society counterparts.

19/05/2021
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This was the first meeting of the EU Domestic Advisory Group (DAG), composed of representatives of employers' organisations, trade unions and various interest groups. At the meeting, the EU DAG received information from the European External Action Service (EEAS) on the EU relations with Vietnam and exchange with representatives of the European Commission's DG TRADE and the European Parliament on the implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development chapter of the FTA. The EU DAG had also a first discussion on its work programme.

08/03/2021
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Virtual meeting via WEBEX

The EESC EU-Japan Follow-up Committee will meet in the morning of 7 January 2021. It will discuss various aspects of EU-Japan relations and set its work programme for the first half of the new mandate.

07/01/2021
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The EESC EU-Japan Follow-up Committee met the morning of 17 July. Items for discussion on the agenda were: the EU-Japan Relations in the post COVID-19 era and  Research and innovation. In addition to this, the Follow-up Committee assessed the current mandate period and reflected on future perspectives.

17/07/2020
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(Hybrid WEBEX)

During the meeting, the members of the Domestic Advisory Group (DAG) of the EU - composed of representatives of employers' organisations, trade unions and various interest groups -  followed up on the joint meetings with the Japanese counterparts that took place in Tokyo in January this year. They also discussed the work programme of the EU DAG and topics for future cooperation and dialogue.  Additionally, the members of the EU DAG exchanged views with representatives of the European Commission on matters related to the implementation of the trade and sustainable development chapter of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

 

01/07/2020
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During the meeting, the composition of the presidency was confirmed. The Group discussed its mandate, and proposed topics ahead of the 2019 Civil Society Forum. Moreover, the EU DAG discussed with representatives of the EC matters related to the implementation of the EU-Korea FTA under three pillars of sustainable development.

30/11/2018
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During the meeting, the Chair of the EU DAG under the new mandate was elected. The Group also discussed its mandate, working methods, reporting procedures and cooperation with other civil society organisations, as well as exchanged views on its rules of procedure and assess possible amendments . Moreover, the EU DAG discussed with representatives of the EC matters related to the implementation of the EU-Korea FTA under three pillars of sustainable development.

12/07/2018
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The 16th EU-China Civil Society Round Table will take place in Varna, Bulgaria from 28 May to 29 May 2018.

The topics of the Round Table meeting will be the following: Social security and social solidarity mechanisms, and trade and investment as part of EU-China relations. In the fringes of the Round Table, a tripartite seminar on EU-China Tourism Year 2018 will be organised. 

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