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Today is an important day for candidate countries, and for the European Union. We welcome the recommendation of the Commission to open accession negotiations for Ukraine and Moldova. We also welcome recommendations to open accession negotiations with Bosnia and Herzegovina and to grant candidate status to Georgia, upon them meeting certain necessary conditions. The EESC will foster this process by extending the scope of our bilateral civil society bodies, and from next year onwards integrate civil society representatives from EU candidate countries in the daily work of our Committee and perform civil society health check on the ground.

On 2 and 3 November, President Oliver Röpke led a Delegation of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) during the Committee's first visit to Ukraine, reaffirming unwavering support for Ukraine's reconstruction efforts and European aspirations. The visit, which took place ahead of the European Commission's Enlargement Package, provided an opportunity for President Röpke to discuss Ukraine's progressive integration into EU and the recent EESC initiative to involve "Enlargement Candidate Members" from Ukraine in its work, starting in 2024. The EESC emphasised that the Ukraine's reconstruction must take place in full respect of human and labour rights, rule of law, transparency, equality and through a genuine social dialogue.

The First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Korniienko held a working meeting with the President of the European Economic and Social Committee Oliver Roepke. “We highly appreciate the Committee’s cooperation with Ukraine and welcome the adoption of three resolutions on the Russian war in Ukraine,” the First Deputy Speaker said, noting that this is a clear signal of support for the Ukrainian people, including civil society: “Our country is not alone in its fight against the aggressor and is part of the European family.”

Euroopa Majandus- ja Sotsiaalkomitee mõistab väga karmilt hukka Hamasi jõhkrad ja valimatud terrorirünnakud kogu Iisraelis. Komitee avaldab kaastunnet perekondadele ja toonitab oma täielikku solidaarsust Iisraeli kodanikuühiskonnaga. Komitee rõhutab kindlalt, et Iisraelil on õigus end kaitsta kooskõlas rahvusvahelise õigusega, sealhulgas rahvusvahelise humanitaarõigusega.

The President's agenda

Participation in the COP28, UN Climate Change Conference

08/12/2023 10/12/2023

EESC Bureau meeting