Meiriceá Laidineach agus Muir Chairib

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Tá CESE ag obair i gcomhar lena mhacasamhail d'eagraíochtaí i Meiriceá Laidineach agus i Muir Chairib ó na 1990idí i leith. Roinnt de na tuairimí atá curtha amach ag CESE, is dírithe ar an gcaidreamh leis an réigiún seo ar an leibhéal réigiúnach, foréigiúnach agus náisiúnta atá siad. Áirítear ar thosaíochtaí CESE forbairt eagraíochtaí na sochaí sibhialta, forbairt eacnamaíoch agus shóisialta, lánpháirtiú réigiúnach agus comhar sa réimse iltaobhach.

Ar an leibhéal réigiúnach, reáchtálann CESE cruinnithe débhliantúla idir ionadaithe ó eagraíochtaí na sochaí shibhialta san Eoraip, i Meiriceá Laidineach agus i Muir Chairib, mar cheann de na himeachtaí ullmhúcháin faoi chomhair Chruinniú Mullaigh AE-CELAC.

Ar an leibhéal foréigiúnach agus ar an leibhéal náisiúnta, cuireadh roinnt struchtúr buan ar bun: sa bhliain 2009, bhunaigh CESE Cruinniú Comhchéime na Sochaí Sibhialta i gcomhar le Comhairle Eacnamaíoch agus Shóisialta na Brasaíle chun fóram idirphlé agus comhar leanúnach a chothú idir ionadaithe na Sochaí Sibhialta sa Bhrasaíl agus san Eoraip. Thug an Comhaontú Comhlachais idir an tAontas Eorpach agus an tSile sainordú don Choiste Comhchoiste Comhairleach a bhunú i gcomhar lena mhacasamhail d'eagraíocht na sochaí sibhialta sa tSile chun monatóireacht a dhéanamh ar an gcomhaontú, a bunaíodh faoi dheireadh in 2016. Maidir le tíortha Chomhphobal na nAindéas, glacann CESE páirt sa mhonatóireacht a dhéanann an Grúpa Comhairleach Baile ar an gcomhaontú saorthrádála idir an tAontas Eorpach agus an Cholóim/Peiriú/Eacuadór. Glacann sé páirt freisin i gComhchoiste Cariforum-AE a dhéanann monatóireacht ar an gComhaontú Comhpháirtíochta Eacnamaíche Cariforum-AE. Tá buanchaidreamh curtha ar bun ag CESE lena mhacasamhail d'institúidí i dtíortha Mercosur (an Fóram Comhairleach Eacnamaíoch agus Sóisialta) agus i Meiriceá Láir (Coiste Comhairleach Chóras Lánpháirtithe Mheiriceá Láir).

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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.

13/07/2017

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).

06/12/2018 07/12/2018

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.

10/12/2018 12/12/2018

During the meeting, the EU Domestic Advisory Group (EU DAG) and civil society representatives from the Colombia DAG, Peru Domestic Mechanism and Ecuador DAG discussed the 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 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.

21/10/2019 23/10/2019

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.

07/04/2016

The Latin America Follow up Committee of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a Hearing on the EU-Mercosur Association Agreement: The views of organized civil society on 13 of November 2019.

The main purpose of the debate was to:

  • Assess the opportunities and challenges ahead of the implementation of the Agreement;
  • Evaluate compromises and possible impacts of the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter of the Agreement;
  • Explore how the civil society and consultative structures should monitor the impact of the Association Agreement in terms of improving human rights and labour, social and environmental rights as well as a strict compliance with international conventions or agreements the parties have committed to.
13/11/2019

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.

04/10/2016 05/10/2016

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
 

25/10/2016

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.

07/12/2016 08/12/2016

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