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San Áise cothaíonn CESE caidreamh le heagraíochtaí na sochaí sibhialta sa tSín, sa tSeapáin agus sa Chóiré Theas. Tá Cruinniú Comhchéime oifigiúil na Sochaí Sibhialta i bhfeidhm idir an tAontas agus an tSín: rinneadh é a thionscnamh in 2007 i ndiaidh an 9ú Cruinniú Mullaigh idir an tAontas agus an tSín, agus tagann sé i gceann a chéile uair sa bhliain ar a laghad. Le blianta beaga anuas, tá tuilleadh iarrachtaí déanta ag an gCoiste chun caidreamh níos dlúithe a chothú leis an tsochaí shibhialta eagraithe sa tSeapáin i bhfianaise Chomhaontú Saorthrádála an Aontais Eorpaigh agus na Seapáine lena dtugtar ról monatóireachta agus comhairleach don tsochaí shibhialta.

Bhí an Comhaontú Saorthrádála idir an tAontas Eorpach agus an Chóiré, a tháinig i bhfeidhm in 2011, ar an gcéad chomhaontú den "ghlúin nua" de chomhaontuithe trádála AE. Sainghné de na comhaontuithe sin is ea go mbíonn caibidlí maidir le "Trádáil agus Forbairt Inbhuanaithe" iontu, agus bronnann na comhaontuithe sin ról foirmiúil ar CESE – agus ar eagraíochtaí na sochaí sibhialta sa Chóiré – i dtaca le monatóireacht a dhéanamh ar a chur chun feidhme agus le comhairle a thabhairt do na húdaráis pholaitiúla éagsúla i réimsí na gcaighdeán comhshaoil, sóisialta agus saothair agus in ábhair eile a bhfuil baint dhíreach acu leis an tsochaí shibhialta. Reáchtáiltear trí chruinniú de Ghrúpa Comhairleach Baile an Aontais Eorpaigh gach bliain agus cruinniú comhpháirteach uair sa bhliain.

Ar a bharr sin, bíonn CESE ag obair leis an tsochaí shibhialta i dtíortha eile san Áise agus glacann sé páirt in imeachtaí idirnáisiúnta ábhartha ar bhonn ad hoc. Sampla amháin de sin is ea Fóram Pobail na hÁise-na hEorpa, ar ardán idir-réigiúnach na sochaí sibhialta é atá mar chuid den Chruinniú idir an Áise agus an Eoraip.

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Tuairimí a glacadh on 27/10/2011
Tagairt: 
REX/316-EESC-2011-1612
Seisiún iomlánach: 
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Nov 26, 2011 Nov 27, 2011

An EU-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) would cover over a fifth of the global population, making it one of the most significant FTAs in the world. It has the potential to bring significant benefits for society to both the EU and India.

However, the EESC is concerned with its uncertain social and environmental effects for the EU, especially in terms of Mode 4 (mobility of workers) and for the poorer segments of Indian society.

The role of civil society in the free trade agreement between the EU and India

Tuairimí a glacadh on 21/01/2014
Tagairt: 
REX/389-EESC-0000

This own initiative opinion looks to examine the agreement already under negotiation between EU and Japan (being the third non-European EU trade partner) and in particular its economic, social and environmental consequences. This agreement is not only dealing with trade, but will have on societies expected consequences to be enlightened and taken in account by negotiators. The automobile sector, public procurement, services, agricultural and pharmaceutical products sectors are, among others, concerned.

The Role of Civil Society in the negotiation and implementation of an EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement

Tuairimí a glacadh on 14/01/2015
Tagairt: 
REX/421-EESC-2014-6716
Seisiún iomlánach: 
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Jan 21, 2015 Jan 22, 2015

The main aim of the review is to assess whether all existing priorities of the EU-Central Asia Strategy remain valid, and whether the EU should maintain its current focus on issues such as security, education, sustainable development (energy, transport and environment), and the rule of law.

Civil society contribution to the review of the EU-Central Asia Strategy

Tuairimí a glacadh on 04/07/2016
Tagairt: 
CCMI/144-EESC-0000

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) warns against granting China market economy status (MES) and  calls on the European institutions to promote fair international competition and actively defend European jobs and European values with efficient trade defence instruments (TDIs). In its opinion, adopted at its 514th plenary session on 14th July, the EESC points to the disastrous impact a possible granting of MES to China would have on Europe's industry and consequently on Europe's labour market. The EESC insists on China's fulfilment of the five EU criteria for achieving the MES.

The impact on key industrial sectors (and on jobs and growth) of the possible granting of market economy treatment to China (for the purpose of trade defence instruments)

Tuairimí a glacadh on 24/01/2017
Tagairt: 
REX/484-EESC

The 2030 Agenda, the new global framework for sustainable development agreed by the UN in 2015, needs to be reflected in EU's development policy, the major orientations of which are set out in the 2005 European Consensus on Development ("the Consensus").

To this end, the Commission issued Communication COM(2016) 740, "Proposal for a New European Consensus on Development: Our World, Our Dignity, Our Future" in November 2016.  Interinstitutional negotiations are expected to result in its endorsement in the form of a Joint Statement by the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission, in May 2017.

Information memo: REX/484 - European Consensus on Development

28/03/2019
Jonathan Peel during the plenary session

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has adopted at its March plenary session an opinion on the Joint Communication "Connecting Europe and Asia – Building blocks for an EU Strategy", issued by the European Commission and the EU High Representative in September 2018. The EESC considers it to be a seriously missed opportunity, with many significant strategic gaps, little ambition and no real depth of vision offered as to the development of EU's relationship and connectivity with Asia.  

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