América Latina y el Caribe

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El CESE ha trabajado con organizaciones equivalentes de América Latina y el Caribe desde los años noventa del siglo pasado. Varios dictámenes del CESE han tratado sobre las relaciones con esta región a nivel regional, subregional y nacional. Entre las prioridades del CESE se incluyen el desarrollo de las organizaciones de la sociedad civil, el desarrollo económico y social, la integración regional y la cooperación en la esfera multilateral.

A nivel regional, el CESE organiza reuniones bienales entre representantes de las organizaciones de la sociedad civil en Europa, América Latina y el Caribe, como uno de los actos preparatorios previos a la Cumbre UE-CELAC. 

A nivel subregional y nacional se han creado varias estructuras. En 2009, el CESE creó una Mesa Redonda de la Sociedad Civil con el Consejo de Desarrollo Económico y Social (CDES) de Brasil, con el fin de proporcionar un foro para el diálogo y la cooperación continua entre representantes de la sociedad civil europea y brasileña. El Acuerdo de Asociación UE-Chile otorgó al CESE el mandato de crear un Comité Consultivo Conjunto UE-Chile, establecido finalmente en 2016, junto a la sociedad civil chilena con el objetivo de supervisar el acuerdo. En lo que respecta a los países de la Comunidad Andina, el CESE participa en el Grupo Consultivo Interno que supervisa el Acuerdo de Libre Comercio entre la UE y Colombia, Perú y Ecuador. También participa en el Comité Consultivo Cariforum-UE que supervisa el Acuerdo de Asociación Económica Cariforum-UE. Se han establecido relaciones permanentes con los equivalentes institucionales del CESE en el Mercosur (el Foro Consultivo Económico-Social) y en Centroamérica (el Comité Consultivo del Sistema de la Integración Centroamericana).

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    4ª reunión conjunta de los grupos asesores nacionales de la UE, Colombia, Perú y Ecuador y sesión abierta

  • 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.

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    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.

    El evento reunirá alrededor de 120 participantes, entre ellos, consejeros del CESE, representantes de la sociedad civil organizada latinoamericana y caribeña, así como oradores invitados. Los temas de trabajo que se tratarán durante el encuentro incluyen el multilateralismo, el comercio abierto y justo, y el trabajo decente y la preservación del medioambiente como pilares del desarrollo sostenible.

  • 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.

  • The 8th meeting of the EU Advisory Group for the EU-Central America Association Agreement will take place on February 1st in Brussels. 

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    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.

  • 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
     

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    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.

  • During the meeting, the Commission representative will provide information about the ex-post evaluation of the EU-Korea FTA, as an example of an evaluation of a trade agreement being in force. A similar evaluation of the implementation of the trade pillar of the EU-Central America Association Agreement is scheduled for 2018 and the EU Advisory Group would like to prepare for its future contribution to that process. The Commission will also discuss with the Group the follow-up to the meetings with Central America held in Honduras in June 2016 and the preparation for next year's meetings, which will take place in Brussels. The Group may also have an opportunity to discuss with the ILO representatives implementation of the project related to respect for labour standards, funded by the EU and delivered by the ILO in El Salvador and Guatemala.

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    This year's joint meetings between the EU and Central America under the Trade and Sustainable Development Title of the Association Agreement commenced with a workshop on market access. The participants discussed opportunities provided by the Agreement and challenges faced by the economic operators, in particular SMEs. Separate sessions focused on fair trade and value chains as ways facilitating market access for SMEs and small producers. On 16 June, the representatives of the EU and Central American Advisory Groups exchanged experience in their up-to-date operation and discussed proposals for strengthening capacity of the civil society monitoring mechanism, the role of the Parties in this context and future cooperation. This was followed by Civil Society Dialogue Forum where civil society representatives from the EU and Central America asked questions and expressed positions with regard to implementation of the Association Agreement and its impacts. The last part held on 17 June was dedicated to a meeting between the civil society and government representatives, i.e. the Board on Trade and Sustainable Development.