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De betrekkingen tussen de EU en haar zuiderburen vormen een van onze prioriteiten. Onze werkzaamheden omvatten een groot aantal terreinen, zoals de deelname van het maatschappelijk middenveld aan de politieke en civiele dialoog, de democratische transitie, jeugdwerkgelegenheid, duurzame ontwikkeling, mobiliteit en immigratie, handel, hernieuwbare energie en bedrijfsontwikkeling.

Het EESC houdt zich sinds 1995 bezig met deze kwesties. Nadat de regio in 2010 wijzigingen heeft ondergaan, hebben wij onze doelstellingen dienovereenkomstig aangepast. Deze zijn nu gericht op:

  • Het ondersteunen van organisaties van het maatschappelijk middenveld in landen die een overgang doormaken. Deze steun is voornamelijk gericht op vakbonden en werkgeversorganisaties, alsmede vrouwen-, jongeren- en landbouworganisaties.
  • Het onderhouden van bilaterale betrekkingen met de nationale sociaal-economische raden in de regio, en het werken aan de totstandkoming van voorwaarden voor de opname van het maatschappelijk middenveld in de politieke dialoog in de zuidelijke partnerlanden.
  • Het opstellen van adviezen en gemeenschappelijke verslagen over de belangrijkste beleidsuitdagingen van de regio.
  • Het organiseren van regelmatige bijeenkomsten met Europese instellingen en internationale organisaties om de beleidsmaatregelen inzake het maatschappelijk middenveld in de hele regio te bespreken.
  • Het organiseren van een jaarlijkse top voor de economische en sociale raden en soortgelijke instellingen, waarbij belangrijke beleidsaanbevelingen inzake de grootste uitdagingen van de regio worden gedaan aan de beleidsvormers van de nationale regeringen en de EU.
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In voorbereiding (updated on 03/02/2022)
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Sep 21, 2022 Sep 22, 2022

The Covid-19 pandemic is strongly affecting the Euro-Mediterranean region, creating new challenges and exacerbating pre-existing ones. The pandemic has highlighted fundamental weaknesses in institutions, economies and health systems. Civil society plays a key role in the reconstruction and resilience of the whole region.

Goedgekeurd on 11/12/2019

At the 2018 Euromed Summit, it was agreed that the next Information Report to be presented to the 2019 Summit of ESCs and Similar institutions will deal with the topic of the impact of digitalisation on SMEs in the Mediterranean area.

The integration of millions of young graduates into the job market each year constitutes a major challenge for the countries of the Southern Mediterranean. Small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) play a decisive role in the fight against youth unemployment as they are important drivers of job creation and provide 80% of employment in the region.

Information report: Digitalisation and SMEs in the Mediterranean region (information report)

Goedgekeurd on 20/03/2019

The EESC regularly produces information reports to be presented at the yearly Euromed Summit of Economic and Social Councils and Similar institutions. In 2018, based on feedback from the previous summit, the Euromed Follow-Up Committee decided to focus on the topic of education and vocational training (VET) in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

Information report: Education and vocational training in the Euromed region (Information report)

Goedgekeurd on 18/10/2017

The situation concerning economic, social and cultural rights is quite patchy in the Euro-Mediterranean region. Although some countries, in the wake of what has been called the Arab spring, drew up new constitutions enshrining some of these rights in legislation for the very first time, the rights have not always been respected. In certain other countries, these rights have been weakened since 2011.The aim of this information report would be to give an overview of the current situation as regards economic, social and cultural rights in the Euro-Mediterranean region, as well as pinpointing new avenues for work in the future. This report would be submitted at the Euromed Summit of Economic and Social Councils and would enable us to work together with our counterparts from the Mediterranean countries.

advies EESC: Economic, social and cultural rights in the Euro-Mediterranean region (own-initiative opinion)

Goedgekeurd on 19/10/2016

This report follows the conclusion of the 2015 Euro-Mediterranean Summit of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions on cooperation with third countries in promoting regular migration to the EU and will be presented at the 2016 Euromed Summit. Cooperation with countries of origin and international bodies to increase transit possibilities for regular migrants to the EU is the most effective way of combating the illicit trafficking of people and meeting the need for workers in EU countries. The aim of the information report is to define the pillars that can facilitate cooperation on regular migration and ascertain what experience has been gained from labour migration agreements with countries of origin and from the ways in which the Member States manage recruitment abroad.

Information report: Cooperation with third countries in promoting regular migration into the EU (Information report)

Goedgekeurd on 07/10/2015

This report is the result of the commitment of the EESC Euromed Follow-Up Committee to women issues in the region.

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is fully aware of the varying circumstances in different countries in the Mediterranean region. It is particularly aware of the conflict and instability affecting many southern Mediterranean countries. The EESC calls on the European Commission (EC) and governments of the countries of the Euro-Mediterranean region to develop shared solutions to these challenges – including poverty, economic challenges, conflict and terrorism – which are resulting in unacceptable suffering, especially among women.

The central role that women play in the process of democratisation during transitional periods, when drafting national constitutions and when reforming current laws must be safeguarded and sustained through good governance in order to prevent setbacks in gender equality.


Report on the situation of women in the Euro-Mediterranean region

Goedgekeurd on 23/06/2015
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Jul 01, 2015 Jul 02, 2015

The Neighbourhood policy is high on the agenda of the EESC's external relations priorities. This opinion will provide the contribution of the Committee to this consultation process as a first step, to be followed by a reaction to the Commission document that will be issued in the 2nd semester of 2015.


advies EESC: Towards a new European neighbourhood policy