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The 7th meeting of the EU Domestic Advisory Group (DAG) under the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (FTA), and the first meeting of the new 2023-25 term, took place on 18 September 2023.


The conference will include three exciting round tables on key issues relating to consumer and environmental protection.  A link to the live streaming will be available on this event page.


This event aims to follow up on the discussions and outcomes of this year's High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) and prepare for the upcoming SDG Summit of 18-19 September 2023. 

Meeting of the EU-Japan and South East Asia Follow-up Committee

The EESC EU-Japan & South-East Asia Follow-up Committee meets on 12 September 2023 to discuss various aspects of EU-Japan & South-East Asia relations. Main topics on the programme:

  • The EU and South=East Asia
  • Global overview and civil society in South-East Asia

The third meeting of the EU-Armenia Civil Society Platform (CSP) was held on 12 September 2023 in Brussels.

During the meeting, a debate focused on assessing the state of play of the implementation of the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement. The CSP also discussed the state of play of the justice sector reform.

Other items on the agenda were the impact of industrial development on climate change and promotion of circular economy, and occupational safety.

A joint declaration, prepared by both sides, was discussed and adopted.


The External Relations Section of the EESC organised a joint meeting gathering EU and partner representatives of the Civil Society Platforms (CSPs) with Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine on 11 September (10:30 to 18:00).


As we reach the midpoint in the current Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), it is crucial that we take stock of our progress and adapt our plans to the evolving challenges and opportunities we face. The ECO section organise a High level debate with the European Parliament´s rapporteur, Mr Jan Olbrycht, and Mr Eric von Breska, director, DG BUDG, European Commission.

A Competitiveness Agenda for a Stronger Europe

At a time of increasing geopolitical rivalry and the steady erosion of the multilateral rules-based trading system, EU’s competitiveness has taken centre stage in the EU agenda.

Visual of conference "Leading the Way. A Competitiveness Agenda for a Stronger Europe"

The 12th meeting of the EU-Moldova Civil Society Platform took place in Chisinau, Moldova, on 1 September 2023. During the meeting, a debate focused on assessing the progresses of Moldova in the implementation of the Association Agreement and the European Commission's recommendations regarding its accession to the EU.

The Platform looked at progresses and challenges in reforming the justice sector, implementing human rights commitments, enhancing gender equality, and fighting violence against women, as well as in implementing commitments in economic, social and public administration reforms, including work motivation and negotiation of the minimum wage increase.

Furthermore, the participants discussed the role of Moldovan civil society organisations in human development capital and proposals for enhancing the dialogue with civil society.

A joint declaration, prepared by both sides, was discussed and adopted.