The recent flow of disinformation in Europe, following the crisis in Ukraine, has underlined the need to consider the influence it has on social and political processes in the EU and the Eastern neighbouring countries. The impact caused by disinformation is often underestimated, as heavily funded disinformation is being spread not only via media, but also through cultural channels and public figures; its presence is strong and influential in the lives of European citizens, especially in Eastern Europe.
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Vecinos del Este
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 3rd meeting of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform (CSP) held in Kyiv on 8-9 November focused on labour market regulation and antidiscrimination legislation and practices in Ukraine, as well as reviewed the progress of the reforms undertaken within the Association Agreement process. The civil society organisations of the EU and Ukraine strongly called for the EU Member States to push, with all necessary political and economic means, for the restoration of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, establishing peace and solving the humanitarian problems of the residents of these and adjoining territories. Opening the meeting, Alfredas Jonuška ...
The 1st and inaugural meeting of the EU-Georgia Civil Society Platform (CSP) was held on 16th June 2016 in Tbilisi and was co-chaired by Andrzej Adamczyk, member of the EESC, and Kakha Gogolashvili, chairman of the Georgian National Platform at the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum. The participants in the first CSP meeting adopted a joint declaration, assessing the state of play of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement's implementation and acknowledging the considerable progress achieved by Georgia since the beginning of the Association process. Nevertheless, they called ...
Georgia has the best track record in freedom of media among the Eastern Partnership countries, but nevertheless sustained efforts are called for in order to raise the standard of journalistic quality, objectivity and ethics, as well as secure their independence and sources of financing. This was one of the main messages of the EU-Georgia Civil Society Platform (CSP)'s second meeting held on 16th February at the EESC. The Platform also made recommendations for the Georgian government to ...
Suite aux manifestations en Ukraine et aux répercussions que cela aura sur les relations externes de l'UE, une délégation du Comité se rendra en Ukraine les 12 et 13 décembre 2013.
The 5th meeting of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform took place on 15 November 2017 in Kyiv. During the meeting, a debate was held assessing the state of play in the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, and two reports, prepared by both sides, were discussed and adopted – on the Progress in the implementation of Euro-integration reforms in the field of Science and Technology, and on The rights of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). A Joint Declaration was adopted at the end of the meeting to be forwarded to the EU-Ukraine Association Council, the Association Committee, the Parliamentary Association Committee and other relevant bodies both in Ukraine as well as in the EU.
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 fourth joint meeting in Brussels on 26 March 2019. The participants followed-up on the implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter of the Association Agreement.
The 2nd meeting of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform took place on 11 February 2016 in EESC premises in Brussels. During the meeting, a debate was held assessing the state of play in the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, and two reports, prepared by both sides, were discussed and adopted – on energy policy and on the rule of law, with a focus on fight against corruption. A Joint Declaration was adopted at the end of the meeting to be forwarded to the EU-Ukraine Association Council, the Association Committee, the Parliamentary Association Committee and other relevant bodies both in Ukraine as well as in the EU.
The 7th meeting of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform took place on 3-5 April 2019 in Lviv in Ukraine. During the meeting, a debate was held assessing the state of play of the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. And two reports, prepared by both sides, on the rights of trade unions and employees and on ensuring food security were discussed.
The first and inaugural meeting of the EU-Moldova Civil Society Platform (CSP) was held on 10 May 2016 at the EESC. The CSP complements the political bodies existing within the framework of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement, and it allows civil society organisations from both sides to monitor the implementation process and prepare recommendations to the relevant authorities both in the Republic of Moldova as well as in the European Union.
The CSP is made up of nine members from both Parties, representing the EESC and large European civil society networks, on the one side, and civil society organisations from Moldova, on the other side.