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The EU-Russia Follow-up Committee is the EESC's internal body responsible for relations with Russian civil society.

Since the war against Ukraine was launched by the authorities of the Russian Federation on 24 February 2022, free civil society in Russia has been silenced by special laws and growing repression, while many critics of the regime have been forced into exile.

In the current difficult circumstances, the EESC has decided to keep the door open for dialogue with the anti-war section of Russian civil society that is present on EU territory.

This has led to fruitful exchanges of information and views on how bilateral relations should proceed after the end of the war and a return to freedom and democracy in the country.

  • Adopted on 26/10/2022 - Bureau decision date: 20/09/2022
    Reference
    REX/564-EESC-2022
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    EESC opinion: Specific provisions for the 2014-2020 cooperation programmes supported by the European Neighbourhood Instrument and under the European territorial cooperation goal, following programme implementation disruption
  • Adopted on 27/04/2021 - Bureau decision date: 01/12/2020
    Reference
    INT/930-EESC-2020-01-01
    Workers - GR II
    Malta

    The Communication stresses the EU's commitment to safeguarding an online environment providing the highest possible freedom and security, for the benefit of its citizens.

    EESC opinion: Communication on cybersecurity strategy
  • Adopted on 08/09/2015
    Reference
    REX/439-EESC-2015
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Bulgaria
    Plenary session number
    510
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    Assessment of the Agriculture and Rural Development Sectors in the Eastern Partnership countries The Republic of Armenia
    Assessment of the Agriculture and Rural Development Sectors in the Eastern Partnership countries The Republic of Azerbaijan
    Assessment of the Agriculture and Rural Development Sectors in the Eastern Partnership countries Georgia
    Assessment of the Agriculture and Rural Development Sectors in the Eastern Partnership countries Moldova
    Assessment of the Agriculture and Rural Development Sectors in the Eastern Partnership countries Ukraine
    TOWARDS GOOD ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE IN THE EASTERN PARTNERSHIP COUNTRIES: ARMENIA, AZERBAIJAN, BELARUS, GEORGIA, MOLDOVA AND UKRAINE
    Brochure EaP GREEN Project
    ENPARD Georgia
    Assessment of the Agriculture and Rural Development Sectors in the Eastern Partnership countries Regional report
    CoR opinion: OPINION EU SUPPORT FOR SUSTAINABLE CHANGE IN TRANSITION SOCIETIES
    Avis du Comité des Régions - «Soutien de l'UE en faveur d'un changement durable dans les sociétés en transition»
  • Adopted on 23/06/2015
    Reference
    REX/447-EESC-2015
    Employers - GR I
    Lithuania
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Romania
    Plenary session number
    509
    -

    The Neighbourhood policy is high on the agenda of the EESC's external relations priorities. This opinion will provide the contribution of the Committee to this consultation process as a first step, to be followed by a reaction to the Commission document that will be issued in the 2nd semester of 2015.

     

  • Adopted on 10/12/2014
    Reference
    REX/400-EESC-3060
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Estonia
    Plenary session number
    503
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    The objective of the own-initiative opinion is to analyse the state of affairs of civil society in Russia and to elaborate recommendations on how the EU and EU civil society organization can contribute for improving the working conditions for civil society organizations in Russia and for the strengthening of genuine civil and social dialogue.

  • Adopted on 27/11/2014
    Reference
    REX/420-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Romania
    Plenary session number
    507
    -

    The opinion will provide an opportunity to get the views of Albanian civil society organisations in the course of a study visit to Albania.

  • Adopted on 18/02/2013
    Reference
    REX/371-EESC-0000-01-01
    Employers - GR I
    Finland
    Plenary session number
    489
    -
    The opinion will look at the issues related to economic, social, environmental and human dimensions of the growing use of the Arctic wealth, potential role of the civil society in voicing the interests of the groups involved as well as in supporting the position of the EU in the dialogue with international partners concerned.
  • Adopted on 11/07/2012
    Reference
    REX/339-EESC-2012-1602
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    France
    Plenary session number
    482
    -
  • Adopted on 17/01/2012
    Reference
    REX/354-EESC-2012-01-01-774
    Employers - GR I
    Czech Republic
  • Adopted on 16/06/2011
    Reference
    REX/323-EESC-2011-01-01-1011
    Employers - GR I
    Lithuania