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).
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The role of business and employers' organisations in Europe, the process of EU accession for the Balkan countries and the place of social dialogue in those countries – these will be the topics discussed at the Balkan Employers Round Table.
It will be a unique opportunity for employers' organisation representatives from the Balkan countries and EU Member States to engage in open discussion, exchange views and network to forge relations for the future.
The event is being held jointly by the Association of Employers of Slovenia and the European Economic and Social Committee's Employers' Group.
The EU-The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) held its 8th meeting on 22 October in Skopje.
The JCC enables civil society organisations from the two sides to monitor the path of the country towards membership of the European Union, and to adopt recommendations for the country's government and the EU institutions.
The EESC welcomes the special attention devoted to drawing up a European Union Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR), in order to support cohesion and competitiveness in the light of challenges that cannot be satisfactorily resolved by single regions or countries through the usual means. The EESC believes that EUSAIR must adopt a comprehensive programme with an action-oriented list of projects and schemes, and strongly recommends that better use be made of the private sector's potential to attract investment (both local and international) and to create business opportunities. Simultaneously, the strategy should include a stronger social dimension, in order to better support inclusive growth in the Adriatic and Ionian region.
The EU-The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) held its 7th meeting on 13th March in Brussels. The JCC enables civil society organisations from the two sides to monitor the path of the country towards membership of the European Union, and to adopt recommendations for the country's government and the EU institutions. The main topics on the agenda have been the acquis on employment and social affairs acquis as well as youth and education.
The 5th meeting of the EU-The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Joint Consultative Committee (JCC)was held on 18 October 2011 in Brussels. The main topics on the agenda were rural development and the fight against corruption.
The main topic of our fourth meeting will be social dialogue, which will be one of the key issues on the agenda of the Western Balkans Civil Society Forum that the European Economic and Social Committee will organise in 2012.
3rd meeting of EU - The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee, Brussels, 8 July 2010
Venue: European Economic and Social Committee, 2 Rue Van Maerlant, 1040 Brussels –
Room: VMA 3