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América Latina e Caraíbas

The EESC has been working with Latin American and Caribbean counterpart organisations since the 1990s. Several EESC's opinions have focused on relations with this region, at regional, sub-regional and national level. The EESC's priorities include the development of civil society organisations, economic and social development, regional integration and cooperation in the multilateral sphere.

At a regional level, the EESC organises biennial meetings between civil society organisation representatives in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, as one of the preparatory events prior to the EU-CELAC Summit.

At sub-regional and national level, several permanent structures have been set up: In 2009, the EESC set up a civil society Round Table with the Brazilian Economic and Social Council to provide a forum for dialogue and continuous cooperation between representatives of Brazilian and European civil society. The EU-Chile Association Agreement gave the Committee a mandate to establish a Joint Consultative Committee with its Chilean civil society counterpart in order to monitor the agreement, which was finally set up in 2016. As regards the Andean Community countries, the EESC takes part in the Domestic Advisory Group monitoring the EU-Colombia/Peru/Ecuador free trade agreement. It also participates in the EU-Cariforum Joint Committee that monitors the EU-Cariforum Economic Partnership Agreement. Permanent relations have been established with the EESC's institutional counterparts in Mercosur (the Economic and Social Consultative Forum) and Central America (the Consultative Committee of the Central American Integration System).

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11/03/2015 12/03/2015


Since 1999 the EESC organises the meetings of European Union, Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) civil society organisations at the request of the European Commission. The 8th meeting will take place on 11 and 12 March 2015 in Brussels. These meetings are held every two years as a prelude to the summits of heads of state and government of the EU-CELAC and enable the development of dialogue between the civil society organisations of the EU and LAC, to encourage the strengthening of these organisations and to make the viewpoints of organised civil society heard by heads of state.


03/10/2017 04/10/2017

O Comité Económico e Social Europeu (CESE) realizará o 9.º Encontro dos Representantes da Sociedade Civil Organizada da União Europeia e da América Latina e Caraíbas na Cidade do Panamá, em 3 e 4 de outubro de 2017. O encontro, que terá lugar no âmbito da preparação para a 9.ª Cimeira de Chefes de Estado e de Governo da União Europeia, da América Latina e das Caraíbas, permitirá aprofundar o diálogo entre as organizações da sociedade civil da UE e da ALC, promover o reforço destas organizações e chamar a atenção dos chefes de Estado para o ponto de vista da sociedade civil organizada.


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.

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Final declaration
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Final Declaration of the 9th Meeting of European Union, Latin American and Caribbean Organised Civil Society