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EGSO u Europi održava odnose sa socijalnim partnerima i organizacijama civilnog društva na zapadnom Balkanu, u istočnom susjedstvu, u državama EFTA-e koje su članice EGP-a, odnosno u Islandu, Lihtenštajnu i Norveškoj, te u Ujedinjenoj Kraljevini.

Odbor za praćenje zapadnog Balkana – trajno unutarnje tijelo EGSO-a – glavni je instrument za koordinaciju aktivnosti EGSO-a u toj regiji. Forum civilnog društva zapadnog Balkana, koji se održava svake dvije godine, spada u rad tog Odbora za praćenje.

EGSO također bilateralno surađuje sa zemljama zapadnog Balkana koje su započele pregovore o pristupanju i s Turskom putem specijaliziranih tijela osnovanih na temelju sporazuma o pridruživanju između tih zemalja i EU-a. Svrha je tih zajedničkih savjetodavnih odbora uključiti socijalne partnere i organizacije civilnog društva u praćenje pretpristupnog procesa i procesa reformi koji bi mogli dovesti do članstva u EU-u. Svako od tih tijela sastoji se od jednakog broja članova iz EGSO-a i partnerske zemlje i obično se sastaje jednom ili dvaput godišnje.

EGSO je također osnovao Odbor za praćenje istočnog susjedstva, unutarnje tijelo nadležno za jačanje odnosa s civilnim društvom u zemljama te regije, odnosno Armeniji, Azerbajdžanu, Bjelorusiji, Gruziji, Moldaviji i Ukrajini.

Glavni mehanizmi suradnje s Armenijom, Gruzijom, Moldavijom i Ukrajinom su platforme civilnog društva koje organizacijama civilnog društva iz EU-a i partnerskih zemalja omogućuju praćenje provedbe sporazuma EU-a s tim zemljama i izradu preporuka za nadležna tijela. Povrh toga, Ukrajina i Moldavija postale su zemlje kandidatkinje 2022.

Kad je riječ o Bjelorusiji i Rusiji, razvijaju se odnosi s onim organizacijama civilnog društva koje još slobodno djeluju, od kojih je većina smještena na teritoriju EU-a. EGSO smatra da je važno održavati otvoren dijalog dok se čeka da u budućnosti zavladaju bolji uvjeti.

Europski gospodarski prostor (EGP) okuplja države članice EU-a i tri države EFTA-e (Island, Lihtenštajn i Norvešku) na unutarnjem tržištu na kojem se roba, usluge, kapital i osobe slobodno kreću. EGSO je član Savjetodavnog odbora za Europski gospodarski prostor, u kojem se s predstavnicima socijalnih partnera iz država EFTA-e koje su članice EGP-a raspravlja o pitanjima od zajedničkog interesa.

Naposljetku, u okviru EGSO-a djeluje i Odbor za praćenje EU-a i Ujedinjene Kraljevine čija je zadaća pratiti odnose između EU-a i Ujedinjene Kraljevine Velike Britanije i Sjeverne Irske iz perspektive civilnog društva. Taj se odbor prvenstveno bavi provedbom Sporazuma o povlačenju Ujedinjene Kraljevine iz EU-a i Protokola o Irskoj i Sjevernoj Irskoj, o kojima raspravlja s organizacijama civilnog društva iz Ujedinjene Kraljevine, kao i provedbom Sporazuma o trgovini i suradnji između EU-a i Ujedinjene Kraljevine, u vezi s kojim surađuje s Unutarnjom savjetodavnom skupinom EU-a uspostavljenom u okviru tog ugovora.

  • Adopted on 27/04/2023 - Bureau decision date: 21/03/2023
    Referentni dokument
    REX/575-EESC-2023
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Plenary session number
    578
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    In accordance with the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement, a number of EU legislative acts concerning sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures apply to and in the UK in respect of Northern Ireland after the end of the transition period set out in the Withdrawal Agreement.

    Accordingly, the entry into Northern Ireland from other parts of the UK of certain consignments of products of animal or plant origin, including animal food, plants for planting, machinery and vehicles for agricultural or forestry purposes and seed potatoes falls within the scope of these acts and is subject to official controls, certification requirements and prohibitions. This also applies to non-commercial movements of certain pet animals.

    EESC opinion: Specific rules relating to the entry into Northern Ireland from other parts of the United Kingdom of certain consignments of goods
  • Adopted on 27/04/2023 - Bureau decision date: 21/03/2023
    Referentni dokument
    REX/574-EESC-2023
    Workers - GR II
    Plenary session number
    578
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    In accordance with the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement, Regulation (EC) No 726/2004 and Directive 2001/83/EC as well as the Commission acts based on them, apply to and in the UK in respect of Northern Ireland.

     

    EESC opinion: Specific rules relating to medicinal products for human use intended to be placed on the market of Northern Ireland
  • The second meeting of the EU-Armenia Civil Society Platform (CSP) was held on 10 March 2023 in Yerevan.

    During the meeting, a debate focused on assessing the state of play of the implementation of the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement. The CSP debated the current challenges in the implementation of the Agreement and in progressing on the reform agenda.

    A joint declaration, prepared by both sides, was discussed and adopted.

  • Joint meeting

    Representatives of the two Domestic Advisory Groups (DAG) from the EU and Moldova, established under Chapter 13 on Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between the Republic of Moldova and the European Union, held the seventh joint meeting on 7 March 2023. The objective of the meeting was to prepare a set of recommendations for the Civil Society Forum, which will take place on 17 March 2023.

  • The 6th meeting of the EU DAG set up under the EU-UK TCA featured the participation of the UK DAG Chair, Mr. Sean McGuire, to discuss the recent Windsor Framework on Northern Ireland, the situation of both DAGs and future joint steps. A DG TRADE representative presented and discussed with members the technical aspects of Level Playing Field provisions.

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    In the context of the reinforced follow-up of EESC Information Report

    Following the adoption of the EESC Information Report on the Implementation of the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement, the Committee is now promoting and giving it a reinforced follow-up using various communication channels, considering the relevance and the perfect timing of the subjects covered in the report.

     

  • For the 16th time, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Montenegro held the Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC). The JCC is a civil society platform established between the EESC and Montenegrin 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 Montenegro. This joint institution allows 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.


     

    This 16th JCC took place in Podgorica and tackled issues such as:

    • Current state of play in EU-Montenegro relations, including 2022 Montenegro Report
    • Revised enlargement methodology – Cluster 1: The Fundamentals of the Accession Process, with a special focus on Judiciary and Fundamental rights and the Functioning of democratic institutions
    • Revised enlargement methodology – Cluster 1: The Fundamentals of the Accession Process, with a special focus on Justice, Freedom and Security
    • Overview of the civil society situation in Montenegro

    A joint declaration was adopted at the meeting and will be distributed to all relevant EU institutions, as well as to the Montenegrin authorities.

  • The European Commission organised the first Civil Society Forum of the EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement (TCA) on 4 October 2022.

     

  • The EU Domestic Advisory Groups (DAGs), set up under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) to advise on the implementation of the agreement, held their first meeting on 3 October 2022, in Brussels. 

     

     

  • The 5th meeting of the EU DAG set up under the EU-UK TCA was dedicated to the assessment of the first year of DAG work -including the recent EU-UK Civil Society Forum, to an update on the Trade Specialised Committees and to a structured discussion of selected issues and recommendations with a DG TRADE representative.