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Die Partnerschaft Europa-Mittelmeer

Die Beziehungen zwischen der EU und ihren südlichen Nachbarstaaten zählen zu den Prioritäten des EWSA. Dessen Arbeit umfasst ein breites Spektrum von Bereichen, wie die Beteiligung der Zivilgesellschaft am politischen und zivilen Dialog, den demokratischen Übergang, Jugendarbeitslosigkeit, nachhaltige Entwicklung, Mobilität und Zuwanderung, Handel, erneuerbare Energien und Unternehmensentwicklung.

Der EWSA setzt sich seit 1995 mit diesen Themen auseinander. Nach den Veränderungen in der Region im Jahr 2010 wurde eine Anpassung der Zielsetzungen vorgenommen:

  • Unterstützung der organisierten Zivilgesellschaft in den Ländern, die sich im Übergangsprozess befinden, wobei sich diese Unterstützung insbesondere an Gewerkschaften und Arbeitgeberorganisationen sowie Frauen-, Jugend- und Landwirtschaftsverbände richtet;
  • Pflege bilateraler Beziehungen mit den nationalen Wirtschafts- und Sozialräten in der Region sowie Schaffung der erforderlichen Voraussetzungen für die Einbindung der Zivilgesellschaft in den politischen Dialog in den südlichen Partnerländern;
  • Erarbeitung von Stellungnahmen und gemeinsamen Berichten zu den zentralen politischen Herausforderungen in der Region;
  • Veranstaltung regelmäßiger Treffen mit EU-Institutionen und internationalen Organisationen, um die Politik in Bezug auf die Zivilgesellschaft in der Region zu erörtern;
  • Organisation eines jährlichen Gipfels der Wirtschafts- und Sozialräte und vergleichbaren Institutionen, auf dem Empfehlungen für wichtige Maßnahmen im Zusammenhang mit den größten Herausforderungen der Region an die politischen Entscheidungsträger der nationalen Regierungen und der EU ausgesprochen werden.
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Euromed Summit 2018

The Euro-Mediterranean Summit of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions aims at promoting greater understanding of the main issues affecting organised civil society in the Euromed region and at discussing the common challenges they face. The Summit brings together aound 120 participants from economic and social councils, or similar institutions, representatives of employers, trade unions, other economic and social interests groups and NGOs from countries which are members of the Union for the Mediterranean (UFM). This year, the exchange will focus on the following topics:

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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.

18/12/2017
Reference number: 
70/2017

More than a hundred civil society representatives from Union for the Mediterranean member countries met on 13 and 14 December in Madrid, Spain, to discuss the challenges facing the region. The 2017 Euromed Summit of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions focused on economic, social and cultural rights, social protection and a new generation of women's rights in the Mediterranean region.   

15/12/2017
Document type: 
Final declaration
Latest update: 
15/12/2017
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Final Declaration

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The Euro-Mediterranean Summit of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions bring together some 120 participants from a range of economic and social councils, or similar institutions, representatives of employers, trade unions, other economic and social interests groups and NGOs from countries which are members of the Union for the Mediterranean.

This year, the Summit will focus on :

  • Economic, Social and Cultural rights in the Mediterranean region
  • A Social protection floor in the Euromediterrean Area
  • A new generation of women's rights

It will conclude with the adoption of a final declaration that will be sent to the political authorities of the countries involved in the Euromed Ministerial Summits as civil society's contribution to their work, and disseminated widely amongst civil society organisations in the region.

Adopted on 18/10/2017
Referenz: 
REX/490-EESC-2017-EESC-2017-02357-00-02-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
529 - Oct 18, 2017

The situation concerning economic, social and cultural rights is quite patchy in the Euro-Mediterranean region. Although some countries, in the wake of what has been called the Arab spring, drew up new constitutions enshrining some of these rights in legislation for the very first time, the rights have not always been respected. In certain other countries, these rights have been weakened since 2011.The aim of this information report would be to give an overview of the current situation as regards economic, social and cultural rights in the Euro-Mediterranean region, as well as pinpointing new avenues for work in the future. This report would be submitted at the Euromed Summit of Economic and Social Councils and would enable us to work together with our counterparts from the Mediterranean countries.

EESC opinion: Economic, social and cultural rights in the Euro-Mediterranean region

25/10/2016

Euro-Mediterranean civil society expresses its view on key policies for the region

Faced with a greater need than ever to enhance dialogue between countries of the Euro-Mediterranean region, civil society organisations answered the invitation of the European Economic and Social Committee and the Greek Economic and Social Council to discuss their role in addressing the challenges in the region.

25/10/2016
Reference number: 
64/2016

Faced with a greater need than ever to enhance dialogue between countries of the Euro-Mediterranean region, civil society organisations answered the invitation of the European Economic and Social Committee and the Greek Economic and Social Council to discuss their role in addressing the challenges in the region. This was the main goal of the yearly Euromed summit of economic and social councils and similar institutions, organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Economic and Social Council of Greece in Vravrona - Attica.

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