Vecinos del Este

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Las actividades del CESE en relación con los países de la vecindad oriental incluyen a Armenia, Azerbaiyán, Bielorrusia, Georgia, Moldavia y Ucrania. El principal objetivo del CESE con respecto a los «Vecinos del Este de Europa» tiene por objeto mejorar las relaciones con las organizaciones de la sociedad civil en la región y hacer que participen en un diálogo con sus responsables políticos nacionales y con la sociedad civil organizada de la UE.

Los principales mecanismos de cooperación con Georgia, Moldavia y Ucrania son las plataformas de la sociedad civil, que complementan los órganos políticos que existen en el marco de los Acuerdos de Asociación de la UE con estos países. Las plataformas permiten a las organizaciones de la sociedad civil tanto de la UE como de los países socios en cuestión supervisar el proceso de aplicación y preparar sus recomendaciones destinadas a las autoridades pertinentes.

Por parte de la UE, estas plataformas están integradas por miembros del CESE, así como representantes de grandes redes europeas de la sociedad civil. Por parte de los países socios, representan a un amplio espectro de organizaciones de la sociedad civil. La composición de las plataformas se basa en una representación equilibrada de todos los grupos de interés (organizaciones de empresarios, sindicatos y grupos de actividades diversas).

El Comité de Seguimiento para los Vecinos del Este de Europafue creado en 2004 como un órgano específico encargado de las relaciones con la sociedad civil de los países de la vecindad oriental. El Comité de Seguimiento se suele reunir cuatro veces al año y sus miembros participan activamente en las actividades relacionadas con la Asociación Oriental, tales como las plataformas multilaterales de la Asociación Oriental y el Foro de la Sociedad Civil de la Asociación Oriental.

  • The 14th meeting of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform (CSP) took place on 15 December 2023. During the meeting, a debate focused on assessing the implementation of the European Commission's opinion and the state of play of the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.

    In addition, the CSP discussed the initiatives for Ukraine's green recovery, economic integration of Ukraine to the EU, as well as current challenges related to labour market.

    A joint declaration, prepared by both sides, was discussed and adopted.

  • The 56th meeting of the Eastern Neighbours Follow-Up Committee will take place on 9 October 2023. During the meeting, a debate will be held on the participation of Ukrainian civil society organisations in European umbrella organisations, as well as on progress made by Georgia towards EU candidate status. Furthermore, the participants will discuss current situation of Belarusian civil society in exile.

  • The External Relations Section of the EESC organised a joint meeting gathering EU and partner representatives of the Civil Society Platforms (CSPs) with Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine on 11 September (10:30 to 18:00).

  • The 206th meeting of the Section for External Relations of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) took place on 31 January 2023. During the meeting, which comes nearly one year after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a debate was held on the resilience of Ukrainian civil society and on the EU support to the country.

  • The 11th meeting of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform took place on 20 April 2022. During the meeting, an exchange between authorities and members of the civil society platform was held with special focus on the unprovoked and unilateral armed aggression initiated by the Russian Federation against Ukraine on its independent and sovereign territory. A joint declaration, prepared by both sides, was discussed and adopted.

  • The 8th meeting of the EU-Georgia Civil Society Platform (CSP) was convened on 13 December 2021 via a videoconference. 

  • Representatives of the European and Georgian Domestic Advisory Groups (DAGs), set up under the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Georgia, held their 6th joint meeting virtually on 2 December 2021. 

  • The meeting of the EU-Moldova Domestic Advisory Group will take place on 18 November 2021 via a video conference. Please click on the program tab to consult the topics on the agenda.

  • The 8th meeting of the EU-Georgia Domestic Advisory Group took place on 16 October 2021 via a video conference. Please click on the programme tab to consult the topics on the agenda.

  • The representatives of the two Domestic Advisory Groups (DAGs) from the EU and Ukraine held their fifth joint meeting via a videoconference on 22 October 2021.