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Tíortha an mhéadaithe
Tá CESE rannpháirteach ar bhonn gníomhach i bpróiseas an mhéadaithe agus tá cur chuige déach aige – ar cur chuige réigiúnach agus déthaobhach é – le haghaidh an chaidrimh atá aige le heagraíochtaí na sochaí sibhialta i dtíortha an mhéadaithe.
Maidir leis an gcur chuige réigiúnach, is é an Coiste Leantach um na Balcáin Thiar – comhlacht inmheánach buan de Choiste Eacnamaíoch agus Sóisialta na hEorpa – an phríomhionstraim chun gníomhaíochtaí CESE sa réigiún sin a chomhordú. Is cuid d'obair an Choiste Leantaigh é Fóram na Sochaí Sibhialta um na Balcáin Thiar agus déantar an fóram sin a reáchtáil uair sa dá bhliain.
Oibríonn CESE ar bhonn déthaobhach freisin le tíortha na mBalcán Thiar agus leis an Tuirc. Ar bhonn comhaontuithe comhlachais idir na tíortha sin agus an tAontas Eorpach, chruthaigh CESE trí chomhchomhlacht i gcomhar le hionadaithe na sochaí sibhialta sa Tuirc, i Montainéagró agus sa tSeirbia d’fhonn ról a thabhairt d'eagraíochtaí na sochaí sóisialta sna próisis réamhaontachais agus aontachais. Is éard atá i ngach comhlacht líon comhionann comhaltaí ó CESE agus ón tír chomhpháirtíochta agus tagann siad i gceann a chéile dhá uair sa bhliain.
Coimeádann CESE teagmháil rialta le heagraíochtaí na sochaí sibhialta sna tíortha is iarrthóirí nó is iarrthóirí ionchasacha nár bunaíodh aon chomhchomhlacht d'ionadaithe ón tsochaí shibhialta iontu go fóill agus eagraíonn sé gníomhaíochtaí comhpháirteacha i gcomhar leo.
Déantar obair na gcomhchomhlachtaí a chomhlánú trí thuairimí CESE a ullmhú maidir le próisis réamhaontachais agus aontachais na dtíortha aonair, agus maidir le hábhair spéise réigiúnacha.
The opinion should take stock of the current situation of civil society in Serbia (legal environment, relations with the authorities, situation of social and civil dialogues) and propose recommendations for possible EU action in this field. The opinion will provide an opportunity to get the views of Serbian civil society organisations in the course of a study visit to Serbia.
This own-initiative opinion will draw upon the first-hand experiences of the non-state actors (civil society, business and trade unions) engaged in the accession negotiations between Croatia and the EU over the period 2005-11, as well as experiences of EESC members who have been engaged in the work of Joint Consultative Committees (JCCs) with accession countries over the past seven years (Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey and Montenegro) as well as the Western Balkans Follow-up Committee.
The importance of Social Dialogue, the role of employers' organisations, the economic situation in the Balkan countries, progress in the accession process and current political challenges: these were main topics of the discussions at the Balkan Employers' Round Table that took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 22 March 2017. The event brought together representatives of employers' organisations from former Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia).
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.
The EU-Montenegro Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) held a meeting in Podgorica on June 7 to discuss the state of play in Montenegro's EU accession negotiations. The members of the JCC agreed on a joint declaration, which calls on the EU institutions to continue to be supportive of the EU enlargement policy after the European elections in May 2019 and on the Montenegrin authorities to produce tangible results in the areas of rule of law, media freedom, fight against organised crime and corruption.
The 7th edition of the Western Balkans Civil Society Forum, which took place in Tirana on 16 and 17 April, concluded with a call for the next Commission to maintain the Western Balkans enlargement policy as one of its priorities in the interest of both the region and of the EU.
The EESC will organise its Fifth Western Balkans Civil Society Forum in Belgrade on 2-3 June 2015. The main topics on the agenda are the perspectives for the EU-Western Balkans relations, transparency in the enlargement process, youth and employment, as well as the rights of minorities. It will bring together 150 participants, including representatives of Western Balkan civil society organisations, governments, the EESC and other EU institutions. A final declaration will be issued at the end of the event.
1st meeting of the EU-Serbia Joint Consultative CommitteeFor the 1st time, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Serbia held 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.