Asia y el Pacífico

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En Asia, el CESE mantiene relaciones con organizaciones de la sociedad civil en China, Japón, Singapur, Corea del Sur y Vietnam.

Existe una Mesa Redonda de la Sociedad Civil UE-China, que fue creada en 2007 tras la novena Cumbre UE-China y se reúne una vez a año.

En febrero de 2009 se creó un Comité de Seguimiento con Japón para supervisar la dimensión de la sociedad civil de las relaciones UE-Japón y promover la cooperación entre el CESE y las organizaciones empresariales, de trabajadores, asociaciones medioambientales y de consumidores, entre otras organizaciones importantes de la sociedad civil japonesa. Se creó un Grupo Consultivo Interno UE-Japón en el marco del Acuerdo de Asociación Económica UE-Japón, que asigna un papel de seguimiento y asesoramiento a la sociedad civil en su capítulo sobre comercio y desarrollo sostenible.

La UE ha celebrado acuerdos de libre comercio con los países asiáticos siguientes: Corea del Sur (2011), Japón (2019), Singapur (2019) y Vietnam (2020). Estos acuerdos se caracterizan por la inclusión de un capítulo sobre comercio y desarrollo sostenible, que otorga al CESE entre otras organizaciones de la sociedad civil –junto a las organizaciones de la sociedad civil en los países socios–, una función formal de control de su puesta en práctica y de asesoramiento a las autoridades políticas pertinentes en materia de normas medioambientales, sociales y laborales, así como sobre otras cuestiones de relevancia directa para la sociedad civil, mediante grupos consultivos internos (GCI). Los GCI de la UE se reúnen dos o tres veces al año y celebran anualmente una reunión conjunta.

Además, el CESE colabora con la sociedad civil en otros países asiáticos y participa en actos internacionales importantes, en función de las posibilidades.

  • During the meeting, the Chair of the EU DAG under the new mandate was elected. The Group also discussed its mandate, working methods, reporting procedures and cooperation with other civil society organisations, as well as exchanged views on its rules of procedure and assess possible amendments . Moreover, the EU DAG discussed with representatives of the EC matters related to the implementation of the EU-Korea FTA under three pillars of sustainable development.

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    The 16th EU-China Civil Society Round Table will take place in Varna, Bulgaria from 28 May to 29 May 2018.

    The topics of the Round Table meeting will be the following: Social security and social solidarity mechanisms, and trade and investment as part of EU-China relations. In the fringes of the Round Table, a tripartite seminar on EU-China Tourism Year 2018 will be organised. 

  • During the 6th EU-Korea Civil Society Forum (CSF), participants discussed labour standards with the ILO representative, including progress achieved by both Parties to the Agreement as well as the next steps in the ratification and effective implementation of the ILO fundamental and other up-to-date conventions. Both DAGs also exchanged information about the role of civil society in the EU and the Republic of Korea in the development and implementation of the climate change policy at national, EU and international level. They then adopted final conclusions.

  • During the meeting, the EU DAG discussed with a representative of the European Commission the preparation for the meetings with Korea under the trade and sustainable development chapter, as well as about the current business environment in Korea and presentation of the white paper of the European Chamber of Commerce in Korea. Preparations of the 6th meeting of the EU-Korea Civil Society Forum in Seoul were also discussed.

  • 9:00-13:00 Room JDE 63

    In the light of the agreement in principle reached in July 2017 between the EU and Japan on an Economic Partnership Agreement, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)'s Follow-up Committees on International Trade and Japan are taking the opportunity to organise a half-day joint seminar. The seminar aims at examining the significance of the EU-Japan Agreement in the global context, reflecting on the role that civil society may play in the implementation of such agreement, and aims to assess possible challenges and benefits for different stakeholders (the business community, workers, farmers, consumers, etc.).

  • During the meeting, the EU DAG discussed with a representative of the European Commission the outcome and follow-up of the last CTSD meeting, held on March 24th, as well as the Commission's annual report on the EU-Korea FTA that was presented in June. Presentations of the recent developments in the Republic of Korea were also made by representatives of the correspondent country desk oin the European Commission and the EEAS. The EP shadow rapporteur on the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Korea, Dr Joachim Schuster, MEP (S&D Group), presented the European Parliament resolution adopted on 18 May 2017 to the EU DAG.

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    The 14th EU-China Civil Society Round Table took place in Brussels on 18 and 19 May 2016. Topics set up for discussion during this meeting of the Round Table were Innovation and economic development in rural areas, and Infrastucture and investment, in the framework of the One Belt One Road initiative and the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The aim of the discussions was to find common ground and exchange ideas and best practices.

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    The 15th EU-China Civil Society Round Table will take place in Beijing from 28 to 30 June 2017. To mark this anniversary edition of the Round Table – it has been 10 years since it was first set up – an overarching theme, “Partnership for Growth, Civilization of mutual benefit”, was chosen. Thematic session will examine key aspects of this partnership.

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    During the 5th EU-Korea Civil Society Forum (CSF), participants will discuss labour standards with the ILO representative, including progress achieved by both Parties to the Agreement as well as the next steps in the ratification and effective implementation of the ILO fundamental and other up-to-date conventions. Both DAGs also will exchange information about the role of civil society in the EU and the Republic of Korea in the development and implementation of the climate change policy at national, EU and international level. They then will adopt final conclusions.

  • The discussion focussed on the preparation (topics, stakeholders, organizational aspects) of the Civil Society Forum with Korea and the Workshop on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), held In February in Brussels (20-21 February 2017).