Latijns-Amerika en het Caribisch gebied

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Het EESC werkt sinds de jaren 1990 samen met Latijns-Amerikaanse en Caribische tegenhangers. Verschillende EESC-adviezen hadden betrekking op de betrekkingen met deze regio op regionaal, subregionaal en nationaal niveau. Tot de prioriteiten van het EESC behoren de ontwikkeling van het maatschappelijk middenveld, economische en sociale ontwikkeling, regionale integratie en samenwerking op multilateraal niveau.

Op regionaal niveau organiseert het EESC tweejaarlijkse bijeenkomsten tussen de vertegenwoordigers van het maatschappelijk middenveld in Europa, Latijns-Amerika en het Caribisch gebied, als een van de voorbereidende evenementen voorafgaand aan de EU-Celac-top. 

Op subregionaal en nationaal niveau zijn verschillende permanente structuren opgezet: in 2009 heeft het EESC samen met de Braziliaanse Sociaal-Economische Raad een rondetafel van het maatschappelijk middenveld opgezet om een forum te bieden voor dialoog en voortdurende samenwerking tussen de vertegenwoordigers van het Braziliaans en Europees maatschappelijk middenveld. De associatieovereenkomst tussen de EU en Chili gaf het EESC een mandaat om een gemengd raadgevend comité op te richten met zijn Chileense tegenhanger van het maatschappelijk middenveld, om toezicht te houden op de overeenkomst. Deze werd uiteindelijk opgezet in 2016. Het EESC neemt ook deel aan het Raadgevend Comité Cariforum-EU dat toezicht houdt op de economische partnerschapsovereenkomst tussen Cariforum en de EU. Het EESC neemt ook deel aan het raadgevend comité EU-Cariforum dat toezicht houdt op de economische partnerschapsovereenkomst tussen Cariforum en de EU. Er zijn permanente betrekkingen tot stand gebracht met de institutionele tegenhangers van het EESC in de Mercosur (het Sociaal-Economisch Forum) en Midden-Amerika (het Raadgevend Comité van het Centraal-Amerikaans Integratiesysteem).

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The Cariforum-EU Consultative Committee (CC) was established with the task and responsibility of promoting dialogue and cooperation between representatives of organisations of civil society, including the academic community, and social and economic partners.

04/05/2022
CARIFORUM-EU Consultative Committee - 6th meeting
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JCC meeting / Virtual

The EU-Chile Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) held its sixth preparatory meeting in the new mandate on 7 December 2020, one week after the successful visit of Foreign Affairs Minister Andrés Allamand Zavalala in Brussels.

07/12/2020
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The fourth meeting of the EU-Chile Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), established by the EU-Chile Association Agreement was held via a video conference on 27 November 2019. At this meeting, the members adopted a Joint Statement.

The JCC is made up of eighteen members, nine from the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and nine from Chilean civil society organisations. It is co-chaired by Josep Puxeu Rocamora, EESC member, and Roberto Zúñiga Belauzarán, Director, National Confederation of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (CONAPYME).

27/11/2019
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The fifth meeting of the EU-Chile Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), established by the EU-Chile Association Agreement was held via a video conference on 15 May 2020. 

The members discussed topics of interest for both parties, such as the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on cooperation, trade and investment, decent work and informal economy and the Agenda for Sustainable Development; as well as proposals for strengthening of the role of the Joint Consultative Committee. The members adopted a Final Declaration on these topics.

15/05/2020
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The Latin America Follow up Committee of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a Hearing on the EU-Mercosur Association Agreement: The views of organized civil society on 13 of November 2019.

The main purpose of the debate was to:

  • Assess the opportunities and challenges ahead of the implementation of the Agreement;
  • Evaluate compromises and possible impacts of the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter of the Agreement;
  • Explore how the civil society and consultative structures should monitor the impact of the Association Agreement in terms of improving human rights and labour, social and environmental rights as well as a strict compliance with international conventions or agreements the parties have committed to.
13/11/2019
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During the meeting, the EU Domestic Advisory Group (EU DAG) and civil society representatives from the Colombia DAG, Peru Domestic Mechanism and Ecuador DAG discussed the implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development Title of the Trade Agreement, with a particular focus on respect for international labour and environmental standards. They also discussed economic, social, environmental and human rights impacts resulting from the implementation of the Agreement. The participants reflected on how the civil society from the EU, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador can cooperate to promote sustainable development in the context of trade relations and prepare for the next joint meeting.

21/10/2019 23/10/2019
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During the meeting, the EU Domestic Advisory Group (EU DAG) and civil society representatives from Colombia, Peru and Ecuador discussed implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development Title of the Trade Agreement, with a particular focus on respect for international labour and environmental standards. They also discussed economic, social, environmental and human rights impacts resulting from the implementation of the Agreement. The participants reflected moreover on how the civil society from the EU, Colombia,  Peru and Ecuador can cooperate to promote sustainable development in the context of trade relations and prepare for the next joint meeting. The participants adopted a joint declaration summarising outcomes of their discussion and presented it to the Parties during the Open Session with civil society on 12 December.

10/12/2018 12/12/2018
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On 6 and 7 December 2018, the third meeting of the EU-Chile Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), established by the EU-Chile Association Agreement was held in Santiago de Chile. The members discussed topics of interest for both parties, such as investment and cooperation, decent work and informal economy, the Sustainable Development Agenda and proposals to reinforce the role of the Joint Consultative Committee.  They adopted a Final Declaration on these four topics.

The JCC is made up of eighteen members, nine from the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and nine from Chilean civil society organisations. It is co-chaired by Josep Puxeu Rocamora, EESC member, and Roberto Zúñiga Belauzarán, Director, National Confederation of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (CONAPYME).

06/12/2018 07/12/2018
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During the meeting, members of the GCI were informed by the President on the civil society meeting of EuroLat's standing parliamentary committees (22-24 May), the hearing in the Walloon Parliament concerning the current state of The EU-Colombia, Peru and the FTA of Ecuador, as well as the public with DG Trade on the current status of the Advisory Groups. They were then interviewed by the European Commission on the preparation of the 2017 Civil Society Forum and the process of Ecuador's accession to the agreement.

13/07/2017

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