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 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).

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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.
13/11/2019

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.

21/10/2019 23/10/2019

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.

10/12/2018 12/12/2018

On 6 and 7 December 2018, the third meeting of the EU-Chile Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), established by the EU-Chile Association Agreement was held in Santiago de Chile. The members discussed topics of interest for both parties, such as investment and cooperation, decent work and informal economy, the Sustainable Development Agenda and proposals to reinforce the role of the Joint Consultative Committee.  They adopted a Final Declaration on these four topics.

The JCC is made up of eighteen members, nine from the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and nine from Chilean civil society organisations. It is co-chaired by Josep Puxeu Rocamora, EESC member, and Roberto Zúñiga Belauzarán, Director, National Confederation of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (CONAPYME).

06/12/2018 07/12/2018

During the meeting, members of the GCI were informed by the President on the civil society meeting of EuroLat's standing parliamentary committees (22-24 May), the hearing in the Walloon Parliament concerning the current state of The EU-Colombia, Peru and the FTA of Ecuador, as well as the public with DG Trade on the current status of the Advisory Groups. They were then interviewed by the European Commission on the preparation of the 2017 Civil Society Forum and the process of Ecuador's accession to the agreement.

13/07/2017

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will celebrate its Ninth meeting of European Union, Latin American and Caribbean Organised Civil Society in Panama City on 3 and 4 October 2017. The meeting will take place within the framework of the preparation of the 9th Summit of Heads of State or Government of the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean and will enable the development of dialogue between civil society organizations in the EU and LAC, promote the strengthening of these organizations and bring to light the point of view of organized civil society before the Heads of State.

 

The event will bring together 120 participants, including EESC members, organized civil society representatives from Latin American and the Caribbean, as well as guest speakers. The topics for discussion include multilateralism, open and fair trade, and decent work and the preservation of the environment as pillars of sustainable development.

03/10/2017 04/10/2017

During the meeting, the members of the DAG debriefed on the results of the meeting with Colombia and Peru under the Trade and Sustainable Development Title, which took place on 7-8 December in Brussels . The representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS) presented information about the EU relations and cooperation with Colombia and Peru. The Representatives of the DG Trade informed the members of the DAG on recent developments regarding the Trade and Sustainable development chapter as well as on their recent mission to Ecuador.  The Group held then an internal debate on the topics to be selected for the next joint meetings, on the state of play of constitution of DAGs in Colombia and Peru and on the rights of indigene communities in Peru.

15/03/2017

During the meeting, the EU Domestic Advisory Group (EU DAG) and civil society representatives from Colombia and Peru will discuss 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 will also discuss economic, social, environmental and human rights impacts resulting from the implementation of the Agreement. The participants will reflect moreover on how the civil society from the EU, Colombia and Peru can cooperate to promote sustainable development in the context of trade relations and prepare for the next joint meeting. The participants may adopt a joint declaration summarising outcomes of their discussion and present it to the Parties during the open session planned for 8 December.

07/12/2016 08/12/2016

During the meeting, the representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS) will present information about the EU relations and cooperation with Colombia and Peru. The EU DAG Chair will inform the Group about the outcomes of the civil society meeting organized in Bogota on 6 October 2016 with a view of establishing the Colombian DAG. Moreover, the Commission representative will provide information about the Ecuador's accession to the Agreement, as well as about preparations for the next meeting with Colombia and Peru under the Trade and Sustainable Development Title planned for 7-8 December in Brussels. The Group will hold then an internal debate to choose topics for the meeting with Colombia and Peru and to organize cooperation with civil society in both countries
 

25/10/2016

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