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Enlargement countries

The EESC is actively engaged in the enlargement process of the EU and has developed a dual approach - regional and bilateral - for its relations with civil society organisations (CSOs) in the enlargement countries.

As far as the regional approach is concerned, the Western Balkans Follow-up Committee – a permanent internal body of the EESC – is the main instrument for coordinating the EESC's activities in this region. The Western Balkans Civil Society Forum, organised every two years, is part of the work of the Follow-up Committee.

The EESC also works bilaterally with countries of the Western Balkans and Turkey. On the basis of association agreements between these countries and the EU, in order to involve CSOs in the pre-accession and accession processes, the EESC has created three joint bodies with civil society representatives – with Turkey, Montenegro and Serbia. Each body is composed of an equal number of members from the EESC and the partner country and meets twice a year.

The EESC keeps up regular contacts and organises joint activities with the CSOs of enlargement countries with whom no joint body of civil society representatives has yet been established.

The work of the joint bodies is complemented by the preparation of EESC opinions on the pre-accession and accession processes of individual countries, as well as on topics of regional interest.

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Adoptés on 10/07/2013
Référence: 
REX/381-EESC-2013-1176
Session plénière: 
491 -
Jul 10, 2013 Jul 11, 2013

L'avis devrait rendre compte de la situation actuelle de la société civile en Serbie (environnement juridique, relations avec les pouvoirs publics, état des lieux du dialogue civil et social) et proposer des recommandations pour d'éventuelles actions de l'UE dans ce domaine. L'avis donnera également lieu à une consultation des organisations de la société civile serbe dans le cadre d'une visite d'étude en Serbie.

Le rôle de la société civile dans les relations entre l'UE et la Serbie

Adoptés on 10/07/2014
Référence: 
REX/401-EESC-2014-1609
Session plénière: 
500 -
Jul 09, 2014 Jul 10, 2014

Cet avis d'initiative s'appuiera sur l'expérience de terrain des acteurs non étatiques (société civile, entreprises et organisations syndicales) associés aux négociations d'adhésion entre la Croatie et l'UE au cours de la période 2005-2011, ainsi que sur l'expérience des membres du CESE qui ont participé aux travaux de comités consultatifs mixtes (CCM) avec des pays candidats à l'adhésion au cours des sept dernières années (Croatie, ancienne République yougoslave de Macédoine, Turquie et Monténégro), ainsi que celle du comité des suivi "Balkans occidentaux".

Améliorer la transparence et le caractère ouvert des négociations d'adhésion à l'Union européenne"

23/03/2017

Importance du dialogue social, rôle des organisations patronales, situation économique des pays des Balkans, avancement du processus d’adhésion, défis politiques actuels: tels étaient les sujets principaux des discussions menées à l’occasion de la table ronde des employeurs des Balkans organisée à Ljubljana (Slovénie) ce 22 mars 2017. La manifestation a réuni des représentants des organisations patronales des pays d’ex-Yougoslavie (Slovénie, Croatie, Serbie, Bosnie-Herzégovine, Monténégro, Ex-République yougoslave de Macédoine).

10/04/2019

Civil society representatives from both the EU and Turkey called on Turkish authorities to undertake major reforms in the fields of rule of law and human rights as a prerequisite to resume accession negotiations with the EU. This was one of the main conclusions of the 38th meeting of the EU-Turkey Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) held in Brussels on 8 and 9 April, which also agreed on the important role of the JCC as an open channel for exchanges at civil society level.

02/06/2015 03/06/2015

Le CESE organisera son 5e forum de la société civile des Balkans occidentaux à Belgrade les 2 et 3 juin 2015.  Les principaux sujets à l’ordre du jour sont les perspectives pour les relations entre l’UE et les Balkans occidentaux, la transparence dans le processus d’élargissement, les jeunes et l’emploi, ainsi que les droits des minorités.

21/07/2015

1st meeting of the EU-Serbia Joint Consultative CommitteeFor the 1st time, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Serbia will be holding the Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC). The JCC is a civil society platform established between the EESC and Serbian civil society. It complements with a civil society point of view the EU institutional framework related to the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the EU and Serbia. This joint institution will allow civil society organisations on both sides to monitor the country's accession negotiations. It is also a platform to discuss issues of common interest and to inform the public at large on the challenges ahead during the accession period.

12/02/2015 13/02/2015

On 12th and 13th February 2015, the EESC sent a mission to Albania. This mission's objective was to gather information for the drafting of an exploratory opinion, requested by the European Commission on the Role of civil society in EU-Albania relations.

EESC held two hearing attended by 40 organisations of the civil society in Tirana and 30 organisations in Shkoder.

In addition, EESC Members had meeting with the Chair of the European Integration Committee of the Parliament, the OImbudsman for Albania, representatives of the Ministry for European Integration and ministry for Social Welfare and Youth, the Agency to support Civil Society and the National Labour Council.

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