The 15th EU-China Civil Society Round Table will take place in Beijing from 28 to 30 June 2017. To mark this anniversary edition of the Round Table – it has been 10 years since it was first set up – an overarching theme, “Partnership for Growth, Civilization of mutual benefit”, was chosen. Thematic session will examine key aspects of this partnership.
The 14th EU-China Civil Society Round Table took place in Brussels on 18 and 19 May 2016. Topics set up for discussion during this meeting of the Round Table were Innovation and economic development in rural areas, and Infrastucture and investment, in the framework of the One Belt One Road initiative and the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The aim of the discussions was to find common ground and exchange ideas and best practices.
The hearing is part of the preparation of an own-initiative opinion on the same subject.
When China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO), the accession protocol included a clause which could be interpreted to mean that from a specific date (11 December 2016), China would automatically be given market economy treatment for the purposes of the application of trade defence instruments. This interpretation is contested by some stakeholders. It would have a direct impact on industry, investment, growth and employment in Europe.
- welcomes the EU's decision to promote the principle of the EU's open strategic autonomy, and therefore the launch of the Global Gateway initiative at the end of 2021;
- argues that the Global Gateway will strengthen economic and political ties with the EU's partner countries, enabling the EU to compete effectively on a global level in the provision of infrastructure;
- regrets the lack of real involvement of local European stakeholders in the overall process of development. The EESC would like to play a more active role in the key stages of the decision-making process for development projects associated with the BRI and the Global Gateway.
The External Relations Section (REX) of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is responsible for dialogue between European civil society organisations and their homologues from the countries with which the European Union has formal relations (e.g. under the form of a Free Trade Agreement). Through this dialogue, made possible by a series of bilateral bodies, and through specialized opinions and information reports, the Committee is able to concretely contribute to EU foreign policy.
Report by Jonathan Peel:
- SDGs and the Paris Agreement
- Sustainability and the ‘circular economy’
- SDGs, the Paris Agreement and the key role of trade and investment
- Encouraging greater EU – PR China cooperation
- EU – PR China co-operation on Climate Change
Report by Michael McLoughlin and Oliver Röpke:
The Potential of Big Data, Health, Government, Economics and Policy Making, Banking, Finance and Retail, Education, The Risks of Big Data, Privacy, Security, Competition and Anti-trust, Human Rights, Workplace Issues, Digital Divide, The Global Situation
Report by Wang Xiaokang
- Addressing climate change globally is facing a severace situation
- China’s Practices contributed Chinese Approach
- China and the EU should join hands to strengthen comprehensive cooperation on addressing climate change
Report by Cheng Xueqi
- Big Data --A New Stage of Informatization Development
- The Impact of Big Data on Society
- Big Data Concerns
- Big Data Strategies Around The World
- China-EU Big Data Cooperation Initiative