Λατινική Αμερική και Καραϊβική

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Η ΕΟΚΕ συνεργάζεται με ομολόγους οργανώσεις από τη Λατινική Αμερική και την Καραϊβική από τη δεκαετία του 1990. Αρκετές γνωμοδοτήσεις της ΕΟΚΕ έχουν επικεντρωθεί στις σχέσεις με την περιοχή αυτή, σε περιφερειακό, υποπεριφερειακό και εθνικό επίπεδο. Στις προτεραιότητες της ΕΟΚΕ περιλαμβάνεται η ανάπτυξη των οργανώσεων της κοινωνίας των πολιτών, η οικονομική και κοινωνική ανάπτυξη, η περιφερειακή ολοκλήρωση και η συνεργασία σε πολυμερές επίπεδο.

Σε περιφερειακό επίπεδο, η ΕΟΚΕ διοργανώνει ανά διετία συναντήσεις μεταξύ εκπροσώπων των οργανώσεων της κοινωνίας των πολιτών στην Ευρώπη, τη Λατινική Αμερική και την Καραϊβική ως μία από τις εκδηλώσεις προετοιμασίας πριν από τη σύνοδο κορυφής Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης – Κοινότητας των κρατών της Λατινικής Αμερικής και της Καραϊβικής (ΕΕ-CELAC). 

Σε υποπεριφερειακό και εθνικό επίπεδο, έχουν συσταθεί πολλές μόνιμες δομές: το 2009, η ΕΟΚΕ δημιούργησε στρογγυλή τράπεζα της κοινωνίας των πολιτών με το Οικονομικό και Κοινωνικό Συμβούλιο της Βραζιλίας προκειμένου να παράσχει φόρουμ διαλόγου και συνεχούς συνεργασίας μεταξύ των εκπροσώπων της κοινωνίας των πολιτών της Βραζιλίας και της Ευρώπης. Η Συμφωνία Σύνδεσης ΕΕ-Χιλής έδωσε στην ΕΟΚΕ εντολή για τη δημιουργία μικτής συμβουλευτικής επιτροπής με την ομόλογό της κοινωνία των πολιτών στη Χιλή ώστε να παρακολουθεί τη Συμφωνία, η οποία τελικά συστάθηκε το 2016. Όσον αφορά τις χώρες της Κοινότητας των Άνδεων, η ΕΟΚΕ λαμβάνει μέρος στην εσωτερική συμβουλευτική ομάδα η οποία παρακολουθεί τη συμφωνία ελεύθερων συναλλαγών (ΣΕΣ) ΕΕ – Κολομβίας, Περού και Ισημερινού. Επίσης, συμμετέχει στη συμβουλευτική επιτροπή Cariforum-ΕΕ που παρακολουθεί τη συμφωνία οικονομικής εταιρικής σχέσης Cariforum-ΕΕ. Έχουν καθιερωθεί μόνιμες σχέσεις με τους θεσμικούς ομολόγους της ΕΟΚΕ στη Mercosur (το Οικονομικό και Κοινωνικό Συμβουλευτικό Φόρουμ) και στην Κεντρική Αμερική (τη συμβουλευτική επιτροπή του Συστήματος ολοκλήρωσης της Κεντρικής Αμερικής – CC-SICA).

 

  • The 13th meeting of the EU Advisory Group for the EU-Colombia, Peru and Ecuador Free Trade Agreement will take place via a video conference on 24 June 2020. Please click on the programme tab to consult the topics on the agenda.

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    CARIFORUM-EU Consultative Committee - 4th meeting

    The Consultative Committee (CC) is one of the 5 institutions foreseen in the EU-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement. The CC is composed of 40 (25 from the CARIFORUM side and 15 from the EU side) standing representatives of organisations of the civil society representing employers' organisations, trade unions, other economic, social and non-governmental organisations, including development and environmental organisations; and the academic community.

  • The 16th meeting of the EU Advisory Group for the EU-Central America Association Agreement took place on 19 December 2019 in Brussels. Please click on the programme tab to consult the topics on the agenda.

     

  • CARIFORUM-EU Consultative Committee - 5th meeting

    The Consultative Committee (CC) is one of the 5 institutions foreseen in the EU-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement. The CC is composed of 40 (25 from the CARIFORUM side and 15 from the EU side) standing representatives of organisations of the civil society representing employers' organisations, trade unions, other economic, social and non-governmental organisations, including development and environmental organisations; and the academic community.

  • The Latin America Follow up Committee of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a Hearing on the EU-Mercosur Association Agreement: The views of organized civil society on 13 of November 2019.

    The main purpose of the debate was to:

    • Assess the opportunities and challenges ahead of the implementation of the Agreement;
    • Evaluate compromises and possible impacts of the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter of the Agreement;
    • Explore how the civil society and consultative structures should monitor the impact of the Association Agreement in terms of improving human rights and labour, social and environmental rights as well as a strict compliance with international conventions or agreements the parties have committed to.
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    During the meeting, the EU Domestic Advisory Group (EU DAG) and civil society representatives from the Colombia DAG, Peru Domestic Mechanism and Ecuador DAG discussed the implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development Title of the Trade Agreement, with a particular focus on respect for international labour and environmental standards. They also discussed economic, social, environmental and human rights impacts resulting from the implementation of the Agreement. The participants reflected on how the civil society from the EU, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador can cooperate to promote sustainable development in the context of trade relations and prepare for the next joint meeting.

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    This year's meetings between the EU and Central America under the Trade and Sustainable Development Title of the Association Agreement included a joint meeting of the DAGs where the representatives of the EU and Central American Advisory Groups exchanged experience in their current operation and discussed proposals for capacity strengthening of the civil society monitoring mechanism, the role of the parties in this context and future cooperation. The joint meeting of the DAGs was followed by a workshop on Trade and Sustainable Development where the participants discussed the content of the chapter and looked for a common understanding of the chapter.

    The participants had an opportunity to meet the organisations of their subgroups in sectorial meetings, to promote their cooperation and joint work under their current mandate. After the sectorial meetings, the participants attended the Civil Society Dialogue Forum where civil society representatives from the EU and Central America asked questions and expressed their positions with regard to the implementation of the Association Agreement and its impact.

  • The 15th meeting of the EU Advisory Group for the EU-Central America Association Agreement took place on 29 April 2019 in Brussels. Please click on the programme tab to consult the topics on the agenda.

  • The 14th meeting of the EU Advisory Group for the EU-Central America Association Agreement took place on 14 January 2019 in Brussels. Please click on the programme tab to consult the topics on the agenda.

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    During the meeting, the EU Domestic Advisory Group (EU DAG) and civil society representatives from Colombia, Peru and Ecuador discussed implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development Title of the Trade Agreement, with a particular focus on respect for international labour and environmental standards. They also discussed economic, social, environmental and human rights impacts resulting from the implementation of the Agreement. The participants reflected moreover on how the civil society from the EU, Colombia,  Peru and Ecuador can cooperate to promote sustainable development in the context of trade relations and prepare for the next joint meeting. The participants adopted a joint declaration summarising outcomes of their discussion and presented it to the Parties during the Open Session with civil society on 12 December.