América Latina y el Caribe

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The EESC has been working with Latin American and Caribbean counterpart organisations since the 1990s. Several EESC's opinions have focused on relations with this region, at regional, sub-regional and national level. The EESC's priorities include the development of civil society organisations, economic and social development, regional integration and cooperation in the multilateral sphere.

At a regional level, the EESC organises biennial meetings between civil society organisation representatives in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, as one of the preparatory events prior to the EU-CELAC Summit.

At sub-regional and national level, several permanent structures have been set up: In 2009, the EESC set up a civil society Round Table with the Brazilian Economic and Social Council to provide a forum for dialogue and continuous cooperation between representatives of Brazilian and European civil society. The EU-Chile Association Agreement gave the Committee a mandate to establish a Joint Consultative Committee with its Chilean civil society counterpart in order to monitor the agreement, which was finally set up in 2016. As regards the Andean Community countries, the EESC takes part in the Domestic Advisory Group monitoring the EU-Colombia/Peru/Ecuador free trade agreement. It also participates in the EU-Cariforum Joint Committee that monitors the EU-Cariforum Economic Partnership Agreement. Permanent relations have been established with the EESC's institutional counterparts in Mercosur (the Economic and Social Consultative Forum) and Central America (the Consultative Committee of the Central American Integration System).

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Durante la reunión, el Grupo Consultivo Interno de la UE (GCI de la UE) y los representantes de la sociedad civil de Colombia, Perú y Ecuador discutieron la implementación del Título de Comercio y Desarrollo Sostenible del Acuerdo de Libre Comercio con un enfoque particular en el respeto de las normas internacionales laborales y ambientales. Asimismo, discutieron los impactos económicos, sociales, ambientales y de derechos humanos que resultan de la implementación del Acuerdo. Los participantes reflexionaron además sobre cómo la sociedad civil de la UE, Colombia, Perú y Ecuador pueden cooperar para promover el desarrollo sostenible en el contexto de las relaciones comerciales y prepararse para la próxima reunión conjunta. Los participantes trabajaron en una declaración conjunta que resume los resultados de la discusión y que fue presentada a las Partes durante la Sesión Abierta con la sociedad civil el día 12 de diciembre.

 

10/12/2018 12/12/2018

Durante la reunión, el Grupo Consultivo Interno de la UE, Colombia y Ecuador, y los representantes de los mecanismos nacionales de consulta del Perú discutirán sobre la implementación del Título de Comercio y Desarrollo Sostenible del Acuerdo de Libre Comercio con un enfoque particular en el respeto de las normas internacionales laborales y ambientales. Asimismo, discutirán sobre los impactos económicos, sociales, ambientales y de derechos humanos que resultan de la implementación del Acuerdo. Los participantes reflexionarán además sobre cómo la sociedad civil de la UE, Colombia, Perú y Ecuador pueden cooperar para promover el desarrollo sostenible en el contexto de las relaciones comerciales y prepararse para la próxima reunión conjunta.

21/10/2019 23/10/2019

During the meeting, the EU DAG had an opportunity to discuss with Mr. Helmut Scholz, Member of the European Parliament, implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development Title and work of the civil society monitoring mechanism in the framework of the EU-Colombia and Peru Trade Agreement. Moreover, the representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS) presented information about the EU relations and cooperation with Colombia and Peru. Based on the Second Annual Report, the Commission representative provided information about the implementation of the Trade Agreement, changes in trade flows and work of joint bodies. He also informed about the procedures and timeline related to Ecuador's accession to the Agreement.

07/04/2016

The Latin America Follow up Committee of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will hold 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 will be 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

Los días 4 y 5 de octubre de 2016 se celebro la primera reunión del Comité Consultivo Conjunto UE-Chile, en Santiago. La creación del CCC, prevista en el artículo 10 del Acuerdo de Asociación UE-Chile, ha sido la última disposición en aplicarse. Una delegación del CESE compuesta por nueve miembros y presidida por la Sra. Pavić-Rogošić se reunirá con el recién constituido Consejo chileno. En esta reunión, se acordarán las normas por las que se regirá el CCC, así como un programa de trabajo que incluirá las prioridades de la sociedad civil en las relaciones entre la UE y Chile. El CCC quedará constituido en un momento clave de las relaciones entre ambas autoridades políticas en el marco de la próxima actualización del Acuerdo de Asociación.

04/10/2016 05/10/2016

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

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 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

El Comité Económico y Social Europeo (CESE) celebrará su Noveno Encuentro de la Sociedad Civil Organizada Unión Europea – América Latina y el Caribe en la Ciudad de Panamá los días 3 y 4 de octubre de 2017. El encuentro se celebrará en el marco de la preparación de la Novena Cumbre de Jefes de Estado o de Gobierno de la Unión Europea, América Latina y el Caribe y permitirá desarrollar el diálogo entre las organizaciones de la sociedad civil de la UE y ALC, fomentar el refuerzo de estas organizaciones y poner de manifiesto el punto de vista de la sociedad civil organizada ante los jefes de Estado.

03/10/2017 04/10/2017

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

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