ACC agus an Afraic

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Ó na 1970í amach, tá cruinnithe le grúpaí sainleasa eacnamaíocha agus sóisialta ó Ghrúpa na Stát san Afraic, i Muir Chairib agus san Aigéan Ciúin (ACC) á n-eagrú ar bhonn rialta ag CESE. Deis is ea na cruinnithe sin chun moltaí a dhréachtú faoi shaincheisteanna a bhaineann le caidreamh ACC-AE.

Is le comhaontú Cotonou a dhéanfar an caidreamh idir an tAontas agus na 78 dtír ACC a rialú go dtí 2020. Aithnítear sa chomhaontú sin an ról bunriachtanach a bhí ag oibreoirí neamhstáit sa phróiseas forbartha. Faoin gComhaontú seo is féidir le CESE cruinnithe agus comhairliúchán le grúpaí sainleasa eacnamaíocha agus sóisialta ACC-AE a reáchtáil.

Tá teagmháil rialta á cothú ag CESE le hionadaithe na sochaí sibhialta sna tíortha ACC ar leibhéil éagsúla de thoradh na nithe seo a leanas:

  • Cruinnithe rialta de Choiste Leantach ACC-AE, ar a bhfuil comhaltaí ó CESE agus ionadaithe ó ghrúpaí sainleasa eacnamaíocha agus sóisialta ACC,
  • Seimineáir réigiúnacha i dtíortha ACC, lena gcuirtear fóram ar fáil chun ábhair sainleasa choitinn a phlé le hionadaithe na sochaí sibhialta i réigiúin mhalartacha,
  • Cruinnithe Ginearálta tríbhliantúla de ghrúpaí sainleasa eacnamaíocha agus sóisialta ACC-AE sa Bhruiséil.

Ina theannta sin, tá teagmháil rialta á cothú ag CESE le Comhairle Eacnamaíoch, Shóisialta agus Chultúrtha an Aontais Afracaigh.

Tá teagmháil rialta á cothú ag CESE le Tionól Parlaiminteach Comhpháirteach ACC-AE le roinnt mhaith blianta anuas trí thuarascáil ar a gníomhaíochtaí a chur i láthair ag seisiúin an Tionóil.

Chomh maith leis sin, tá CESE i ndlúth-theagmháil le heagraíochtaí idirnáisiúnta, mar atá eagraíochtaí fostóirí, eagraíochtaí oibrithe, eagraíochtaí feirmeoirí agus eagraíochtaí tomhaltóirí. Ainmníonn na heagraíochtaí sin na hionadaithe ó thíortha ACC a gheobhaidh cuireadh chuig na cruinnithe arna reáchtáil ag CESE, lena n-áirítear Coiste Leantach ACC-AE.

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The social economy is prominent in everyday life and in the productive activity of large regions of the world and makes a decisive contribution to improving the living and working conditions of millions of people. However, the social economy is not specifically recognised as a sector in the EU development cooperation programmes.One of the principal aims of the opinion is that the external dimension of the EU’s programmes and initiatives should establish support measures specifically targeted at boosting businesses and organisations in the social economy.

14/03/2017
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The EESC organises regional seminars every year in an ACP region –this year, in Eastern Africa (Nairobi) on 4‑5 July 2016, with three main topics of discussion:

- Implementation of the SDGs - The Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Eastern African States. - The post-Cotonou agenda.

At the end of the seminar, a final declaration will be issued that will be forwarded to the partners of the Cotonou agreement.

Around 60 representatives of economic and social actors as well as political authorities and international organisations will attend the seminar.

04/07/2016 05/07/2016
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The Consultative Committee (CC) is one of the 5 institutions foreseen in the EU-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement. The CC is composed of 40 (25 from the CARIFORM side and 15 from  the EU side)  standing representatives of organisations of the civil society  representing employers' organisations, trade unions, other economic, social and non-governmental organisations, including development and environmental organisations; and the academic community.

18/04/2016 19/04/2016
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The Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA), between the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the EU was signed in 2000, and it will expire in February 2020. This agreement contains trade, aid and development mechanisms that link 79 nations in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific with the EU as a whole.

The EESC is involved in this consultation through the referral sent by the Commission and has therefore been tasked with the preparation of an opinion on the Commission's Green Paper.

To prepare for the post-Cotonou framework, the Commission has launched a public consultation process by publishing in October 2015 a Green Paper on the Future of EU's relations with ACP Group of countries.

The EESC is involved in this consultation through the referral sent by the Commission and has therefore been tasked with the preparation of an opinion on the Commission's Green Paper.

22/02/2016
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The EESC has been entrusted by the Cotonou Agreement with maintaining relations with socio-economic actors and civil society from ACP countries.

 

Priorities and activities within the frame of the ACP-EU civil society relations are decided and implemented through an ACP-EU Follow-Up Committee (FuC), which is composed of 12 EESC members and 12 representatives of ACP economic and social interest groups. The FuC is also a primary partner of the political authorities in the Cotonou partnership and the other EU institutions.

Next meeting of the FuC, the first one of the 2015-2018 EESC mandate, will take place in Brussels (JDE 63) on 25-26 January 2016, with some new faces among ACP representatives and fresh chairman Yves Somville.

Topics of discussion will include the post-Cotonou framework; agriculture, climate change and food security; and the current state for Economic Partnership Agreements –with a focus this time on Eastern and Southern Africa.

25/01/2016 26/01/2016

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