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Erweiterungsländer

Der EWSA ist aktiv am Erweiterungsprozess der EU beteiligt und hat einen zweifachen – regionalen und bilateralen – Ansatz für seine Beziehungen zu den Organisationen der Zivilgesellschaft in den Erweiterungsländern entwickelt.

Der Begleitausschuss Westbalkan – ein ständiges Arbeitsorgan des EWSA – ist das wichtigste Instrument des regionalen Ansatzes zur Koordinierung der Aktivitäten des EWSA in dieser Region. Im Rahmen seiner Tätigkeit veranstaltet der Begleitausschuss alle zwei Jahre ein Forum der Zivilgesellschaft des Westbalkans.

Der EWSA arbeitet auch auf bilateraler Basis mit den Ländern des Westbalkans und der Türkei zusammen. Auf der Grundlage der Assoziierungsabkommen zwischen der EU und der Türkei, Montenegro und Serbien hat der EWSA mit diesen drei Ländern gemeinsame Gremien mit Vertretern der Zivilgesellschaft eingerichtet, um die Organisationen der Zivilgesellschaft in die Heranführungs- und Beitrittsprozesse einzubeziehen. Jedes dieser Gremien setzt sich zu gleichen Teilen aus Mitgliedern des EWSA und des Partnerlandes zusammen und hält zweimal jährlich eine Sitzung ab.

Der EWSA steht in ständigem Kontakt mit den Organisationen der Zivilgesellschaft in den Erweiterungsländern, mit denen noch kein gemeinsames Gremium aus Vertretern der Zivilgesellschaft eingerichtet worden ist, und organisiert gemeinsame Aktivitäten mit ihnen.

Ergänzend zur Tätigkeit der gemeinsamen Gremien erarbeitet der EWSA Stellungnahmen zum Heranführungs- und Beitrittsprozess einzelner Länder sowie zu Themen von regionalem Interesse.

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verabschiedet on 10/07/2014
Referenz: 
REX/401-EESC-2014-1609
Plenartagung: 
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Jul 09, 2014 Jul 10, 2014

This own-initiative opinion will draw upon the first-hand experiences of the non-state actors (civil society, business and trade unions) engaged in the accession negotiations between Croatia and the EU over the period 2005-11, as well as experiences of EESC members who have been engaged in the work of Joint Consultative Committees (JCCs) with accession countries over the past seven years (Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey and Montenegro) as well as the Western Balkans Follow-up Committee.

Enhancing the transparency and inclusiveness of the EU accession process

verabschiedet on 10/07/2013
Referenz: 
REX/381-EESC-2013-1176
Plenartagung: 
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Jul 10, 2013 Jul 11, 2013

The opinion should take stock of the current situation of civil society in Serbia (legal environment, relations with the authorities, situation of social and civil dialogues) and propose recommendations for possible EU action in this field. The opinion will provide an opportunity to get the views of Serbian civil society organisations in the course of a study visit to Serbia.

The role of civil society in EU-Serbia relations

23/03/2017

The importance of Social Dialogue, the role of employers' organisations, the economic situation in the Balkan countries, progress in the accession process and current political challenges:  these were main topics of the discussions at the Balkan Employers' Round Table that took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 22 March 2017. The event brought together representatives of employers' organisations from former Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia).

10/04/2019

Civil society representatives from both the EU and Turkey called on Turkish authorities to undertake major reforms in the fields of rule of law and human rights as a prerequisite to resume accession negotiations with the EU. This was one of the main conclusions of the 38th meeting of the EU-Turkey Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) held in Brussels on 8 and 9 April, which also agreed on the important role of the JCC as an open channel for exchanges at civil society level.

02/06/2015 03/06/2015

The EESC will organise its Fifth Western Balkans Civil Society Forum in Belgrade on 2-3 June 2015. The main topics on the agenda are the perspectives for the EU-Western Balkans relations, transparency in the enlargement process, youth and employment, as well as the rights of minorities. It will bring together 150 participants, including representatives of Western Balkan civil society organisations, governments, the EESC and other EU institutions. A final declaration will be issued at the end of the event.

21/07/2015

1st meeting of the EU-Serbia Joint Consultative CommitteeFor the 1st time, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Serbia held the Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC). The JCC is a civil society platform established between the EESC and Serbian civil society. It complements with a civil society point of view the EU institutional framework related to the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the EU and Serbia. This joint institution will allow civil society organisations on both sides to monitor the country's accession negotiations. It is also a platform to discuss issues of common interest and to inform the public at large on the challenges ahead during the accession period.

12/02/2015 13/02/2015

On 12th and 13th February 2015, the EESC sent a mission to Albania. This mission's objective was to gather information for the drafting of an exploratory opinion, requested by the European Commission on the Role of civil society in EU-Albania relations.

EESC held two hearing attended by 40 organisations of the civil society in Tirana and 30 organisations in Shkoder.

In addition, EESC Members had meeting with the Chair of the European Integration Committee of the Parliament, the OImbudsman for Albania, representatives of the Ministry for European Integration and ministry for Social Welfare and Youth, the Agency to support Civil Society and the National Labour Council.

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