The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Serbia held the 7th meeting of their Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) in Belgrade. This civil society platform between the EESC and civil society in Serbia was established within the institutional framework of the EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) in order to allow civil society organisations on both sides to monitor the country's accession negotiations. It is also a platform to discuss issues of common interest and to inform the public at large of the challenges ahead during the accession period. Besides the current state of play in EU-Serbia relations and the accession process, main topic of the 7th JCC meeting were: Decreasing of Inequality and Promotion of Equal Opportunities in Social Policy and Employment and Enabling civic space and overview of the civil society situation in Serbia. A common declaration of the JCC was issued after the meeting.
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