Lotynų Amerikos ir Karibų regionas

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EESRK dirbo su Lotynų Amerikos ir Karibų jūros regiono organizacijomis partnerėmis nuo XX a. paskutinio dešimtmečio. Kelete EESRK nuomonių daugiausia dėmesio skiriama santykiams su šiuo regionu, regioniniu, subregioniniu ir nacionaliniu lygmenimis. EESRK prioritetai apima pilietinės visuomenės organizacijas, ekonominį ir socialinį vystymąsi, regioninę integraciją ir daugiašalį bendradarbiavimą.

Regioniniu lygmeniu EESRK kas dvejus metus organizuoja pilietinės visuomenės organizacijų atstovų Europoje, Lotynų Amerikoje ir Karibų jūros regione susitikimus, taip pat vieną iš parengiamųjų renginių prieš ES ir CELAC aukščiausiojo lygio susitikimą.

Subregioniniu ir nacionaliniu lygmenimis buvo sukurta keletas nuolatinių struktūrų: 2009 m. Brazilijos ir Europos pilietinės visuomenės atstovų dialogui ir nuolatiniam bendradarbiavimui EESRK su Brazilijos ekonomikos ir socialinių reikalų taryba įsteigė pilietinės visuomenės forumą – apskritąjį stalą. ES ir Čilės asociacijos susitarimas suteikė Komitetui įgaliojimus susitarimo stebėsenai įsteigti jungtinį konsultacinį komitetą su Čilės pilietinės visuomenės partneriu. JKK galiausiai buvo įsteigtas 2016 m. Kalbant apie Andų bendrijos šalis, EESRK dalyvauja vietos patarėjų grupėje, vykdančioje ES ir Kolumbijos, Peru ir Ekvadoro laisvosios prekybos susitarimo stebėseną. Jis taip pat dalyvauja CARIFORUM ir ES jungtiniame komitete, kuris stebi ES ir CARIFORUM ekonominės partnerystės susitarimą. Nuolatiniai ryšiai užmegzti su EESRK instituciniais partneriais MERCOSUR (konsultaciniu ekonomikos ir socialinių reikalų forumu) ir Centrinėje Amerikoje (Centrinės Amerikos integracijos sistema).

  • During the meeting, the Commission representative provided information about the implementation of the project on labour standards delivered in cooperation with the ILO in El Salvador and Guatemala. The Commission also informed about preparations for meetings with Central America planned for 15-17 June in Honduras, in particular meeting of the intergovernmental Board on Trade and Sustainable Development. The EU Advisory Group then discussed preparations for the civil society meetings with Central America, which this year will include a workshop on market access, a joint meeting of the Advisory Groups and an open Civil Society Dialogue Forum. In the afternoon, a video-conference with Central American partners took place to discuss preparations for joint meetings.

  • During the meeting, the EU DAG had an opportunity to discuss with Mr. Helmut Scholz, Member of the European Parliament, implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development Title and work of the civil society monitoring mechanism in the framework of the EU-Colombia and Peru Trade Agreement. Moreover, the representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS) presented information about the EU relations and cooperation with Colombia and Peru. Based on the Second Annual Report, the Commission representative provided information about the implementation of the Trade Agreement, changes in trade flows and work of joint bodies. He also informed about the procedures and timeline related to Ecuador's accession to the Agreement. The EU DAG discussed also with the Commission preparations for the next meeting with Colombia and Peru under the Trade and Sustainable Development Title, as well as the ways to better communicate its activities to the partners and other relevant stakeholders.

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    The Consultative Committee (CC) is one of the 5 institutions foreseen in the EU-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement. The CC is composed of 40 (25 from the CARIFORM side and 15 from  the EU side)  standing representatives of organisations of the civil society  representing employers' organisations, trade unions, other economic, social and non-governmental organisations, including development and environmental organisations; and the academic community.

  • During the meeting, the representative of the European External Action Service (EEAS) presented information about the EU relations and cooperation with Central America. Based on the Second Annual Report, the Commission representative provided information about the implementation of the trade pillar of the Association Agreement, changes in trade flows and work of joint bodies established by the Agreement. The EU Advisory Group discussed also preparations for the next meeting with Central America under the Trade and Sustainable Development Title, as well as the ways to better communicate its activities to the Central American partners and other relevant stakeholders.

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