L-Asja u l-Paċifiku

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Fl-Asja, il-KESE għandu relazzjonijiet ma’ organizzazzjonijiet tas-soċjetà ċivili fiċ-Ċina, il-Ġappun, Singapore, il-Korea t’Isfel u l-Vjetnam.

Maċ-Ċina hemm Round Table tas-Soċjetà Ċivilili ġiet stabbilita fl-2007 wara d-9 Summit bejn l-UE u ċ-Ċina u tiltaqa’ darba fis-sena.

Fi Frar  2009, ġie stabbilit Kumitat ta’ Segwitu mal-Ġappun biex jimmonitorja d-dimensjoni tas-soċjetà ċivili fir-relazzjonijiet bejn l-UE u l-Ġappun u jippromovi kooperazzjoni bejn il-KESE u l-organizzazzjonijiet tan-negozju, tal-ħaddiema, tal-konsumatur u dawk ambjentali u organizzazzjonijiet ewlenin oħra tas-soċjetà ċivili fil-Ġappun. Twaqqaf Grupp Konsultattiv Domestiku UE-Ġappun fi ħdan il-Ftehim ta’ Sħubija Ekonomika bejn l-UE u l-Ġappun, li jagħti rwol ta’ monitoraġġ u konsulenza lis-soċjetà ċivili fil-kapitolu tiegħu dwar il-kummerċ u l-iżvilupp sostenibbli.L-UE kkonkludiet ftehimiet ta’ kummerċ ħieles mal-pajjiżi Asjatiċi li ġejjin: il-Korea t'Isfel (2011), il-Ġappun (2019) u l-Vjetnam (2020). Dawn il-ftehimiet huma karatterizzati mill-inklużjoni ta’ kapitoli dwar il-kummerċ u l-iżvilupp sostenibbli, u jagħtu lill-KESE u lil organizzazzjonijiet oħra tas-soċjetà ċivili – flimkien mal-organizzazzjonijiet tas-soċjetà ċivili fil-pajjiżi msieħba – rwol formali fil-monitoraġġ tal-implimentazzjoni tagħhom u l-għoti ta’ konsulenza lill-awtoritajiet politiċi rilevanti fl-oqsma tal-istandards ambjentali, soċjali u tax-xogħol u kwistjonijiet oħra ta’ rilevanza diretta għas-soċjetà ċivili permezz tal-Gruppi Konsultattivi Domestiċi. Il-Gruppi Konsultattivi Domestiċi tal-UE jiltaqgħu darbtejn jew tliet darbiet fis-sena u darba fis-sena tiġi organizzata laqgħa konġunta.

Barra minn hekk, il-KESE jidħol f'kuntatt mas-soċjetà ċivili f’pajjiżi oħrajn tal-Asja u f’avvenimenti internazzjonali rilevanti fuq bażi ad hoc.

  • Jonathan Peel during the plenary session

    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has adopted at its March plenary session an opinion on the Joint Communication "Connecting Europe and Asia – Building blocks for an EU Strategy", issued by the European Commission and the EU High Representative in September 2018. The EESC considers it to be a seriously missed opportunity, with many significant strategic gaps, little ambition and no real depth of vision offered as to the development of EU's relationship and connectivity with Asia.  

  • 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 EU and the Japan Domestic Advisory Groups (DAGs), established under the Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) chapter of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), attended the 3rd EU-Japan Joint Dialogue with Civil Society, which took place in virtual format on 27 January 2022.

  • A DAG-to-DAG is a joint civil society body between the partner countries of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), bringing together the separate DAGs of each party. This is the 2nd joint meeting of the EU and Singapore DAGs under the EU-Singapore FTA.

  • This meeting was an excellent opportunity for a timely update by DG Trade on the implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter under the FTA, as well as for a constructive exchange with the Director of the ILO office in Hanoi on the labour situation in Vietnam and the state of play of the roadmap.

    Additionally, Ambassador Vu Anh Quang, from the Vietnamese Mission to the EU, participated in an exchange with the EU Domestic Advisory Group (EU DAG) members to share his views on ongoing topics within the context of the EU Vietnam relations.

    The members of the EU DAG, which is composed of representatives of employers' organisations, trade unions and various interest groups, also further discussed its work programme and prepared the upcoming joint meetings with its Vietnamese civil society counterparts.

    On 28 May, nevertheless, after this EU DAG meeting and following the postponement of the joint EU-Vietnam meetings due to the fact that the Vietnam DAG had not been established yet, the members of the EU DAG issued a statement on the late cancellation of the first Trade and Sustainable Development Committee and the first Joint forum between European and Vietnamese civil society, which had been planned to take place in the first week of June 2021.

    Read the full statement here: https://europa.eu/!wm77KY

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    Joint meeting

    The EU DAG and the Korea DAG met for the first time since 2018 to hold the 7th EU-Korea Civil Society Forum (CSF).

  • This was the first meeting of the EU Domestic Advisory Group (DAG), composed of representatives of employers' organisations, trade unions and various interest groups. At the meeting, the EU DAG received information from the European External Action Service (EEAS) on the EU relations with Vietnam and exchange with representatives of the European Commission's DG TRADE and the European Parliament on the implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development chapter of the FTA. The EU DAG had also a first discussion on its work programme.

  • Virtual meeting via WEBEX

    The EESC EU-Japan Follow-up Committee will meet in the morning of 7 January 2021. It will discuss various aspects of EU-Japan relations and set its work programme for the first half of the new mandate.

  • The EESC EU-Japan Follow-up Committee met the morning of 17 July. Items for discussion on the agenda were: the EU-Japan Relations in the post COVID-19 era and  Research and innovation. In addition to this, the Follow-up Committee assessed the current mandate period and reflected on future perspectives.

  • (Hybrid WEBEX)

    During the meeting, the members of the Domestic Advisory Group (DAG) of the EU - composed of representatives of employers' organisations, trade unions and various interest groups -  followed up on the joint meetings with the Japanese counterparts that took place in Tokyo in January this year. They also discussed the work programme of the EU DAG and topics for future cooperation and dialogue.  Additionally, the members of the EU DAG exchanged views with representatives of the European Commission on matters related to the implementation of the trade and sustainable development chapter of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).