During the meeting, the EU Domestic Advisory Group (EU DAG) and civil society representatives from Colombia, Peru and Ecuador discussed 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 also discussed economic, social, environmental and human rights impacts resulting from the implementation of the Agreement. The participants reflected moreover on how the civil society from the EU, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador can cooperate to promote sustainable development in the context of trade relations and prepare for the next joint meeting. The participants adopted a joint declaration summarising outcomes of their discussion and presented it to the Parties during the Open Session with civil society on 12 December.
Latinalainen Amerikka ja Karibian alue
ETSK on 1990-luvulta lähtien työskennellyt vastaavien Latinalaisen Amerikan ja Karibian alueen maissa toimivien organisaatioiden kanssa. Useissa ETSK:n lausunnoissa on keskitytty suhteisiin tämän alueen kanssa alueellisella, paikallisella ja valtiollisella tasolla. ETSK:n painopisteitä ovat kansalaisyhteiskunnan organisaatioiden kehittäminen, taloudellinen ja sosiaalinen kehitys, alueellinen yhdentyminen ja monenvälinen yhteistyö.
ETSK järjestää alueellisella tasolla kahdesti vuodessa Euroopan, Latinalaisen Amerikan ja Karibian alueen kansalaisyhteiskunnan organisaatioiden edustajien kokouksen EU:n ja Latinalaisen Amerikan ja Karibian valtioiden yhteisön (CELAC) huippukokouksen valmistelua varten.
Paikallisella ja kansallisella tasolla on perustettu useita pysyviä rakenteita: ETSK perusti vuonna 2009 Brasilian talous- ja sosiaalineuvoston kanssa kansalaisyhteiskunnan pyöreän pöydän ryhmän, joka tarjoaa foorumin Brasilian ja Euroopan kansalaisyhteiskunnan edustajien vuoropuhelulle ja jatkuvalle yhteistyölle. EU:n ja Chilen assosiaatiosopimuksessa komitealle annettiin tehtäväksi perustaa neuvoa-antava sekakomitea Chilen kansalaisyhteiskuntaa edustavan vastaavan elimen kanssa sopimuksen seurantaa varten. Sekakomitea perustettiin lopulta vuonna 2016. ETSK osallistuu Andien yhteisön maissa EU:n sekä Kolumbian, Perun ja Ecuadorin vapaakauppasopimusta seuraavan sisäisen neuvoa-antavan ryhmän toimintaan. Lisäksi ETSK osallistuu CARIFORUM–EU-neuvoa-antavaan komiteaan, joka seuraa EU:n ja Cariforum-valtioiden talouskumppanuussopimusta. ETSK on luonut pysyviä suhteita vastaaviin institutionaalisiin elimiin Mercosur-maissa (neuvoa-antava talous- ja sosiaalifoorumi) ja Keski-Amerikan maissa (Keski-Amerikan integraatiojärjestelmän neuvoa-antava komitea).
On 6 and 7 December 2018, the third meeting of the EU-Chile Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), established by the EU-Chile Association Agreement was held in Santiago de Chile. The members discussed topics of interest for both parties, such as investment and cooperation, decent work and informal economy, the Sustainable Development Agenda and proposals to reinforce the role of the Joint Consultative Committee. They adopted a Final Declaration on these four topics.
The JCC is made up of eighteen members, nine from the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and nine from Chilean civil society organisations. It is co-chaired by Josep Puxeu Rocamora, EESC member, and Roberto Zúñiga Belauzarán, Director, National Confederation of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (CONAPYME).
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.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will celebrate its Ninth meeting of European Union, Latin American and Caribbean Organised Civil Society in Panama City on 3 and 4 October 2017. The meeting will take place within the framework of the preparation of the 9th Summit of Heads of State or Government of the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean and will enable the development of dialogue between civil society organizations in the EU and LAC, promote the strengthening of these organizations and bring to light the point of view of organized civil society before the Heads of State.
The event will bring together 120 participants, including EESC members, organized civil society representatives from Latin American and the Caribbean, as well as guest speakers. The topics for discussion include multilateralism, open and fair trade, and decent work and the preservation of the environment as pillars of sustainable development.
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.
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
On the 4th and 5th of October 2016 the first meeting of the EU-Chile Joint Consultative Committee took place in Santiago, Chile. The JCC is contemplated in Article 10 of the EU-Chile Association Agreement and it is the last provision that has yet to be executed. An EESC delegation composed of nine members and presided by Ms. Pavic-Rogošic will be meeting the recently constituted Chilean Council. The rules governing the JCC will be agreed upon during this time and a work program encompassing the priorities of civil society in the relations between the EU and Chile will be defined. The JCC will be constituted at a key time in the relations between both political authorities in the context of the upcoming Modernization of the Association Agreement.
During the meeting, the EU DAG had an opportunity to discuss with Mr. Helmut Scholz, Member of the European Parliament, implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development Title and work of the civil society monitoring mechanism in the framework of the EU-Colombia and Peru Trade Agreement. Moreover, the representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS) presented information about the EU relations and cooperation with Colombia and Peru. Based on the Second Annual Report, the Commission representative provided information about the implementation of the Trade Agreement, changes in trade flows and work of joint bodies. He also informed about the procedures and timeline related to Ecuador's accession to the Agreement.