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 European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will celebrate its Ninth meeting of European Union, Latin American and Caribbean Organised Civil Society in Panama City on 3 and 4 October 2017. The meeting will take place within the framework of the preparation of the 9th Summit of Heads of State or Government of the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean and will enable the development of dialogue between civil society organizations in the EU and LAC, promote the strengthening of these organizations and bring to light the point of view of organized civil society before the Heads of State.

 

The event will bring together 120 participants, including EESC members, organized civil society representatives from Latin American and the Caribbean, as well as guest speakers. The topics for discussion include multilateralism, open and fair trade, and decent work and the preservation of the environment as pillars of sustainable development.

03/10/2017 04/10/2017
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During the meeting, the members of the DAG debriefed on the results of the meeting with Colombia and Peru under the Trade and Sustainable Development Title, which took place on 7-8 December in Brussels . The representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS) presented information about the EU relations and cooperation with Colombia and Peru. The Representatives of the DG Trade informed the members of the DAG on recent developments regarding the Trade and Sustainable development chapter as well as on their recent mission to Ecuador.  The Group held then an internal debate on the topics to be selected for the next joint meetings, on the state of play of constitution of DAGs in Colombia and Peru and on the rights of indigene communities in Peru.

15/03/2017
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During the meeting, the EU Domestic Advisory Group (EU DAG) and civil society representatives from Colombia and Peru will discuss 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 will also discuss economic, social, environmental and human rights impacts resulting from the implementation of the Agreement. The participants will reflect moreover on how the civil society from the EU, Colombia and Peru can cooperate to promote sustainable development in the context of trade relations and prepare for the next joint meeting. The participants may adopt a joint declaration summarising outcomes of their discussion and present it to the Parties during the open session planned for 8 December.

07/12/2016 08/12/2016
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During the meeting, the representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS) will present information about the EU relations and cooperation with Colombia and Peru. The EU DAG Chair will inform the Group about the outcomes of the civil society meeting organized in Bogota on 6 October 2016 with a view of establishing the Colombian DAG. Moreover, the Commission representative will provide information about the Ecuador's accession to the Agreement, as well as about preparations for the next meeting with Colombia and Peru under the Trade and Sustainable Development Title planned for 7-8 December in Brussels. The Group will hold then an internal debate to choose topics for the meeting with Colombia and Peru and to organize cooperation with civil society in both countries
 

25/10/2016
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On the 4th and 5th of October 2016 the first meeting of the EU-Chile Joint Consultative Committee took place in Santiago, Chile. The JCC is contemplated in Article 10 of the EU-Chile Association Agreement and it is the last provision that has yet to be executed. An EESC delegation composed of nine members and presided by Ms. Pavic-Rogošic will be meeting the recently constituted Chilean Council. The rules governing the JCC will be agreed upon during this time and a work program encompassing the priorities of civil society in the relations between the EU and Chile will be defined. The JCC will be constituted at a key time in the relations between both political authorities in the context of the upcoming Modernization of the Association Agreement.

04/10/2016 05/10/2016
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During the meeting, the EU DAG had an opportunity to discuss with Mr. Helmut Scholz, Member of the European Parliament, implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development Title and work of the civil society monitoring mechanism in the framework of the EU-Colombia and Peru Trade Agreement. Moreover, the representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS) presented information about the EU relations and cooperation with Colombia and Peru. Based on the Second Annual Report, the Commission representative provided information about the implementation of the Trade Agreement, changes in trade flows and work of joint bodies. He also informed about the procedures and timeline related to Ecuador's accession to the Agreement.

07/04/2016

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