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The EESC is actively engaged in the enlargement process of the EU and has developed a dual approach - regional and bilateral - for its relations with civil society organisations (CSOs) in the enlargement countries.

As far as the regional approach is concerned, the Western Balkans Follow-up Committee – a permanent internal body of the EESC – is the main instrument for coordinating the EESC's activities in this region. The Western Balkans Civil Society Forum, organised every two years, is part of the work of the Follow-up Committee.

The EESC also works bilaterally with countries of the Western Balkans and Turkey. On the basis of association agreements between these countries and the EU, in order to involve CSOs in the pre-accession and accession processes, the EESC has created three joint bodies with civil society representatives – with Turkey, Montenegro and Serbia. Each body is composed of an equal number of members from the EESC and the partner country and meets twice a year.

The EESC keeps up regular contacts and organises joint activities with the CSOs of enlargement countries with whom no joint body of civil society representatives has yet been established.

The work of the joint bodies is complemented by the preparation of EESC opinions on the pre-accession and accession processes of individual countries, as well as on topics of regional interest.

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12/02/2015 13/02/2015

On 12th and 13th February 2015, the EESC sent a mission to Albania. This mission's objective was to gather information for the drafting of an exploratory opinion, requested by the European Commission on the Role of civil society in EU-Albania relations.

EESC held two hearing attended by 40 organisations of the civil society in Tirana and 30 organisations in Shkoder.

In addition, EESC Members had meeting with the Chair of the European Integration Committee of the Parliament, the OImbudsman for Albania, representatives of the Ministry for European Integration and ministry for Social Welfare and Youth, the Agency to support Civil Society and the National Labour Council.

08/07/2016

For the 7th time, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Montenegro held the Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC).

The meeting was held in Brussels and tackled following issues:

- The current state of play in EU-Montenegro relations and the accession process

- The Connectivity Agenda in the areas of Energy and Transport

- Chapter 5 - Public procurement

- The state of industrial relations and the development of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Montenegro

08/11/2016

For the 8th time, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Montenegro held the Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) in Budva, Montenegro.

This meeting tackled following issues: Assessment of the state of play in Montenegro accession negotiations to the EU, Chapter 28 of the accession negotiations – with focus on Consumer protection and Debate on the situation of young people on the labour market.

30/05/2012
Speaker
Staffan Nilsson
Organisation: 
EESC

The EESC will keep on advocating for the enlargement process to go on, in an inclusive, transparent and fair manner. Any delay due to the current turmoil in the EU has to be seen as a chance for reaching a better level of preparedness when entering the EU. But for this opportunity to be seized, the EU needs to work side by side with civil society in the region.

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President`s intervention at the Committee on Foreign Affairs (ATEF) meeting

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