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Relations between the EU and its southern neighbours constitute one of our priorities. Our work covers a wide variety of areas, such as the participation of civil society in political and civil dialogue, democratic transition, youth employment, sustainable development, mobility and immigration, trade, renewable energy and business development.

The EESC has been working on these issues since 1995. Following changes in the region in 2010, we have adjusted our objectives accordingly, aiming to:

  • Support civil society organisations in countries undergoing transition. Such support is targeted, in particular, at trade unions and employers’ organisations, as well as women’s, youth and farmers’ associations.
  • Maintain bilateral relations with national economic and social councils in the region, and work towards creating conditions for the inclusion of civil society in political dialogue in the southern partner countries.
  • Issue opinions and joint reports on the key policy challenges facing the region.
  • Hold regular meetings with European institutions and international organisations to discuss the policies concerning civil society across the region.
  • Organise an annual summit for economic and social councils and similar institutions, at which key policy recommendations on the region’s main challenges are put to policy-makers from national governments and the EU.
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Adottati on 15/03/2011
Sessione plenaria: 
470 -
Mar 15, 2011 Mar 16, 2011

"The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) expresses its solidarity with the people of the southern Mediterranean countries who are peacefully struggling for their fundamental rights and freedoms, and supports their legitimate aim of establishing stable democracies in their countries. ..."

Resolution on The situation in the southern Mediterranean countries


Resolution on The situation in the southern Mediterranean countries


I vantaggi della digitalizzazione per le piccole e medie imprese (PMI) sono molteplici e consentono loro di rafforzare la competitività, ampliare l'accesso al mercato e migliorare le relazioni con i clienti. In una relazione informativa adottata alla sessione plenaria di dicembre, il Comitato economico e sociale europeo (CESE) ritiene necessario sostenere la trasformazione digitale delle PMI con misure adeguate alle esigenze specifiche delle diverse forme d'impresa.