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.
Azija i Pacifik
EGSO u Aziji održava odnose s organizacijama civilnog društva u Kini, Japanu, Singapuru, Južnoj Koreji i Vijetnamu.
Okrugli stol civilnog društva EU-a i Kine uspostavljen je 2007. godine nakon 9. sastanka na vrhu između EU-a i Kine i sastaje se jednom godišnje.
Odbor za praćenje EU-a i Japana osnovan je u veljači 2009. radi praćenja dimenzije civilnog društva u odnosima EU-a i Japana te promicanja suradnje između EGSO-a i poduzeća, organizacija radnika i potrošača, organizacija za zaštitu okoliša i drugih velikih organizacija civilnog društva u Japanu. U okviru Sporazuma o gospodarskom partnerstvu između EU-a i Japana, u čijem se poglavlju o trgovini i održivom razvoju civilnom društvu dodjeljuje uloga praćenja i savjetovanja, osnovana je Unutarnja savjetodavna skupina EU-a za Japan.
EU je sklopio sporazume o slobodnoj trgovini sa sljedećim azijskim zemljama: Južnom Korejom (2011.), Japanom (2019.), Singapurom (2019.) i Vijetnamom (2020.). Ti sporazumi sadrže poglavlja o trgovini i održivom razvoju te EGSO-u i drugim organizacijama civilnog društva, kao i organizacijama civilnog društva u partnerskim zemljama, u vidu unutarnjih savjetodavnih skupina daju formalnu ulogu u praćenju provedbe i savjetovanju relevantnih političkih tijela u području zaštite okoliša, socijalnih i radnih standarda i drugih pitanja od neposredne važnosti za civilno društvo. Svake se godine održavaju dva do tri sastanka unutarnjih savjetodavnih skupina EU-a, a zajednički sastanak održava se jednom godišnje.
Povrh toga, EGSO surađuje s civilnim društvom i u drugim azijskim zemljama i na pojedinačnoj osnovi sudjeluje u relevantnim međunarodnim događanjima.
The EESC EU-Japan & South-East Asia Follow-up Committee meets on 12 September 2023 to discuss various aspects of EU-Japan & South-East Asia relations. Main topics on the programme:
- The EU and South=East Asia
- Global overview and civil society in South-East Asia
The EU and the Japan Domestic Advisory Groups (DAGs), established under the Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) chapter of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), attended the 3rd EU-Japan Joint Dialogue with Civil Society, which took place in virtual format on 27 January 2022.
A DAG-to-DAG is a joint civil society body between the partner countries of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), bringing together the separate DAGs of each party. This is the 2nd joint meeting of the EU and Singapore DAGs under the EU-Singapore FTA.
This meeting was an excellent opportunity for a timely update by DG Trade on the implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter under the FTA, as well as for a constructive exchange with the Director of the ILO office in Hanoi on the labour situation in Vietnam and the state of play of the roadmap.
Additionally, Ambassador Vu Anh Quang, from the Vietnamese Mission to the EU, participated in an exchange with the EU Domestic Advisory Group (EU DAG) members to share his views on ongoing topics within the context of the EU Vietnam relations.
The members of the EU DAG, which is composed of representatives of employers' organisations, trade unions and various interest groups, also further discussed its work programme and prepared the upcoming joint meetings with its Vietnamese civil society counterparts.
The EU DAG and the Korea DAG met for the first time since 2018 to hold the 7th EU-Korea Civil Society Forum (CSF).
This was the first meeting of the EU Domestic Advisory Group (DAG), composed of representatives of employers' organisations, trade unions and various interest groups. At the meeting, the EU DAG received information from the European External Action Service (EEAS) on the EU relations with Vietnam and exchange with representatives of the European Commission's DG TRADE and the European Parliament on the implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development chapter of the FTA. The EU DAG had also a first discussion on its work programme.
The EESC EU-Japan Follow-up Committee will meet in the morning of 7 January 2021. It will discuss various aspects of EU-Japan relations and set its work programme for the first half of the new mandate.
The EESC EU-Japan Follow-up Committee met the morning of 17 July. Items for discussion on the agenda were: the EU-Japan Relations in the post COVID-19 era and Research and innovation. In addition to this, the Follow-up Committee assessed the current mandate period and reflected on future perspectives.
During the meeting, the members of the Domestic Advisory Group (DAG) of the EU - composed of representatives of employers' organisations, trade unions and various interest groups - followed up on the joint meetings with the Japanese counterparts that took place in Tokyo in January this year. They also discussed the work programme of the EU DAG and topics for future cooperation and dialogue. Additionally, the members of the EU DAG exchanged views with representatives of the European Commission on matters related to the implementation of the trade and sustainable development chapter of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).