The 6th joint seminar is a part of existing format of cooperation between the EESC and the Civic Chamber of Russian Federation under which one joint seminar is organized each year. Following the last Joint Declaration of the 5th joint seminar, the two main topics which have been addressed during the 6th seminar are human rights and trade. The conclusions of the seminar have been sent to relevant institutions prior to the next EU-Russia Summit scheduled for mid-2013.
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The EU-China Round Table was set up by a decision of the Heads of State and Government in 2007, and meets twice a year to discuss topics relating to economic and social issues relevant to both parties. The representatives of the European Economic and Social Committee and the Chinese Economic and Social Council elaborate reports and exchange ideas in view to give a civil society contribution for the development of EU-China relationship.
The EU-Montenegro Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) held its 2nd meeting on 9th April in Podgorica, Montenegro. The JCC enables civil society organisations from the two sides to monitor the accession negotiations of Montenegro to the European Union, and to adopt recommendations for Montenegro's government and the EU institutions. The main topics on the agenda have been the situation of Human Rights in Montenegro as well as the EU acquis on education and culture.
The Anna Lindh Foundation, the European Commission's biggest partner for the implementation of civil society programmes in the Euromed region, organised the second edition of the Anna Lindh Forum. The 2013 Forum has been the largest gathering of civil society organisations from the Mediterranean region since the Arab awakening. The event which was hosted by the city of Marseille brought together more than 1 000 civil society representatives.
The EESC Follow Up Committee for the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) examined how the EIDHR addresses gender equality and women's rights, and discuss challenges affecting its implementation with the purpose of identifying ways to enhance the support to women in the fulfilment of their rights.
Due to economic globalization, the internationalization of social standards needs to be taken further in order to ensure that citizens are not denied their rights. This meeting, jointly organized by the European Commission and the EESC, aimed to raise awareness amongst policy makers on the advantages of improved coordination in the external dimension of social security which would be positive for the European citizens and citizens of third countries.
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.
During the meeting, the Commission representatives (DG TRADE) provided information concerning implementation of the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and its trade and sustainable development chapter. The EU DAG discussed also and adopted its two opinions foreseen for presentation at the EU-Korea Civil Society Forum: on implementation of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions and on green economy and free trade. Moreover, the EU DAG discussed and adopted its work programme for the years 2012-2013.
The objective of the meeting is to access the development of the Northern Dimension initiative in particular in the field of transport and logistics, environment and culture and to increase public awareness regarding civil society participation in this initiative.
The members of the study group preparing the opinion on EU Arctic Policy to address globally emerging interests in the region – a view of civil society organised a public hearing on 31 January 2013 in Rovaniemi, Finland to discuss with the representatives of the civil society the EU's interests and priorities in the region which wins emerging interest among the global actors, in such areas as energy, transport, with serious consequences for the environment and the inhabitants.