Zemlje istočnog susjedstva
Aktivnosti EGSO-a koje se odnose na istočno susjedstvo uključuju Armeniju, Azerbajdžan, Bjelarus, Gruziju, Moldovu i Ukrajinu. Glavni je cilj EGSO-a s obzirom na istočno susjedstvo Europe poboljšati odnose s organizacijama civilnog društva u regiji i uključiti ih u dijalog s njihovim nacionalnim tvorcima politika kao i s organizacijama civilnog društva iz EU-a.
Glavne mehanizme suradnje s Gruzijom, Moldovom i Ukrajinom čine platforme civilnog društva (tag to all three) koje upotpunjuju politička tijela koja postoje u okviru sporazumâ o pridruživanju koje je EU sklopio s tim zemljama. Te platforme omogućuju organizacijama civilnog društva iz EU-a i partnerskih zemalja da prate proces provedbe i pripreme svoje preporuke za nadležna tijela.
Na strani EU-a te platforme čine članovi EGSO-a i predstavnici velikih europskih mreža civilnog društva. Što se tiče partnerskih zemalja, u platformama je zastupljen širok spektar organizacija civilnog društva. Članstvo u platformama temelji se na uravnoteženoj zastupljenosti svih interesnih skupina (organizacija poslodavaca, sindikata i raznih interesnih skupina).
Unutar EGSO-a Odbor za praćenje istočnog susjedstva osnovan je 2004. kao posebno tijelo zaduženo za odnose s civilnim društvom u zemljama istočnog susjedstva. Odbor za praćenje obično se sastaje četiri puta godišnje i njegovi članovi aktivno sudjeluju u aktivnostima Istočnog partnerstva kao što su multilateralne platforme Istočnog partnerstva i Forum civilnog društva Istočnog partnerstva.
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