Representatives of the European and Georgian Domestic Advisory Groups (DAGs), set up under the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Georgia, held their first joint meeting in Tbilisi on 26 January 2016. The participants expressed their commitment to fulfil the mandate foreseen in the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter of the Association Agreement, namely to monitor the implementation of the Chapter and to provide advice to the Parties to the Agreement.
L-attivitajiet tal-KESE li jikkonċernaw il-Ġirien tal-Lvant jinvolvu l-Armenja, l-Azerbajġan, il-Belarussja, il-Ġeorġja, il-Moldova u l-Ukrajna. L-għan ewlieni tal-KESE fir-rigward tal-Ġirien tal-Ewropa tal-Lvant huwa li jsaħħaħ ir-relazzjonijiet mal-organizzazzjonijiet tas-soċjetà ċivili fir-reġjun u li jinvolvihom fi djalogu kemm ma’ dawk li jfasslu l-politika nazzjonali kif ukoll mas-soċjetà ċivili organizzata tal-UE.
Il-mekkaniżmi ta’ kooperazzjoni ewlenin mal-Georgia, il-Moldova u l-Ukrajna huma l-Pjattaformi tas-Soċjetà Ċivili li jikkumplimentaw il-korpi politiċi eżistenti fi ħdan il-qafas tal-Ftehimiet ta’ Assoċjazzjoni tal-UE ma’ dawn il-pajjiżi. Il-Pjattaformi jippermettu lill-organizzazzjonijiet tas-soċjetà ċivili kemm tal-UE kif ukoll tal-pajjiż msieħeb biex jimmonitorjaw il-proċess ta’ implimentazzjoni u jħejju r-rakkomandazzjonijiet tagħhom lill-awtoritajiet rilevanti.
Min-naħa tal-UE, dawn il-Pjattaformi jinkludi membri tal-KESE kif ukoll rappreżentanti tan-netwerks Ewropej kbar tas-soċjetà ċivili. Min-naħa tal-pajjiżi sħab, dawn jirrappreżentaw firxa wiesgħa ta’ organizzazzjonijiet tas-soċjetà ċivili. Is-sħubija tal-Pjattaformi hija bbażata fuq rappreżentazzjoni bbilanċjata tal-gruppi interessati kollha (l-organizzazzjonijiet ta’ min iħaddem, it-trade unions u gruppi ta’ interessi varji).
Fi ħdan il-KESE, il-Kumitat ta’ Segwitu Ġirien tal-Lvant ġie stabbilit fl-2004 bħala korp dedikat tal-KESE responsabbli għar-relazzjonijiet mas-soċjetà ċivili fil-pajjiżi tal-Viċinat tal-Lvant. Il-Kumitat ta’ Segwitu normalment jiltaqa’ erba’ darbiet fis-sena u l-membri tiegħu jieħdu sehem attiv fl-attivitajiet tas-Sħubija tal-Lvant, bħalma huma l-pjattaformi multilaterali tas-Sħubija tal-Lvant u l-Forum tas-Soċjetà Ċivili tas-Sħubija tal-Lvant.
The EESC and the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum are organising their 3rd joint seminar, on 23 November 2016, in Versailles. The objective of the seminar is to discuss topics of common interest for European and Russian civil society. On the agenda this year will be questions such as the current situation in which civil society in Russia and in the EU are operating, and questions relating to migration, specifically focusing on good practices and experiences in integrating newcomers into host societies.
Article 376 of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement foresees that each Party would establish a domestic advisory group (DAG) on sustainable development, which would advise on issues relating to the Chapter of trade and sustainable development. A joint meeting is held annually. The first meeting was held in July 2015.
The first and inaugural meeting of the EU-Georgia Civil Society Platform (CSP) was held on 16 June 2016 in Tbilisi. The CSP complements the political bodies existing within the framework of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement, and it allows civil society organisations from both sides to monitor the implementation process and prepare recommendations to the relevant authorities both in Georgia as well as in the European Union.
The CSP is made up of EESC members and representatives from large European civil society networks, on the one side, and representatives from Georgian civil society organisations, on the other side.
The first and inaugural meeting of the EU-Moldova Civil Society Platform (CSP) was held on 10 May 2016 at the EESC. The CSP complements the political bodies existing within the framework of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement, and it allows civil society organisations from both sides to monitor the implementation process and prepare recommendations to the relevant authorities both in the Republic of Moldova as well as in the European Union.
The CSP is made up of nine members from both Parties, representing the EESC and large European civil society networks, on the one side, and civil society organisations from Moldova, on the other side.
The 2nd meeting of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform took place on 11 February 2016 in EESC premises in Brussels. During the meeting, a debate was held assessing the state of play in the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, and two reports, prepared by both sides, were discussed and adopted – on energy policy and on the rule of law, with a focus on fight against corruption. A Joint Declaration was adopted at the end of the meeting to be forwarded to the EU-Ukraine Association Council, the Association Committee, the Parliamentary Association Committee and other relevant bodies both in Ukraine as well as in the EU.