The EESC has decided to set up a follow up committee with Japanese civil society in February 2009.
Its main tasks are:
- to promote cooperation and debate between the EESC and civil society organisations in Japan.
- to participate to the review of the Joint Action Plan (2001-2011) between EU and Japan with the aim to have the Summit endorse the inclusion of a role for the EESC in the chapter on "Bringing together peoples and cultures";
- to monitor the civil society dimension of the EU-Japan relations and make sure that its recommendations and conclusions can be integrated in the decision making process.
The committee is supposed to meet four times a year and consists of 6 members:
Mr Krzysztof PATER (Various interests' group) - President