Países do alargamento

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O CESE participa ativamente no processo de alargamento da UE e desenvolveu uma dupla abordagem – regional e bilateral – nas suas relações com as organizações da sociedade civil dos países do alargamento.

No que diz respeito à abordagem regional, o Comité de Acompanhamento para os Balcãs Ocidentais – órgão interno permanente do CESE – é o principal instrumento de coordenação das atividades do CESE nesta região. O Fórum da Sociedade Civil dos Balcãs Ocidentais, organizado de dois em dois anos, faz parte do trabalho do Comité de Acompanhamento.

O CESE também trabalha a nível bilateral com países dos Balcãs Ocidentais e a Turquia. Com base nos acordos de associação entre esses países e a UE, a fim de envolver as organizações da sociedade civil nos processos de pré-adesão e de adesão, o CESE criou três órgãos mistos com representantes da sociedade civil – com a Turquia, o Montenegro e a Sérvia. Cada órgão é composto por um número igual de membros do CESE e do país parceiro e reúne duas vezes por ano.

O CESE mantém contactos regulares e organiza atividades conjuntas com as organizações da sociedade civil dos países do alargamento com os quais ainda não foi criado um órgão conjunto de representantes da sociedade civil.

Os trabalhos dos órgãos conjuntos são complementados pela elaboração de pareceres do CESE sobre os processos de pré-adesão e de adesão de cada país, bem como sobre temas de interesse regional.

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26/03/2020
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The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has strongly supported the enlargement of the European Union to the six Western Balkans countries provided they fulfil all the necessary criteria for membership. In the aftermath of the Council's non-decision to open accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia in October 2019, we have reacted swiftly by adopting, on 31 October, a Resolution expressing our profound disappointment by the lack of unanimity from the Member States. The EESC has since been committed to working closely and intensively with the civil society in the Western Balkans to support and reassure them that their place is in the European Union.

12/06/2019
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The EU-Montenegro Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) held a meeting in Podgorica on June 7 to discuss the state of play in Montenegro's EU accession negotiations. The members of the JCC agreed on a joint declaration, which calls on the EU institutions to continue to be supportive of the EU enlargement policy after the European elections in May 2019 and on the Montenegrin authorities to produce tangible results in the areas of rule of law, media freedom, fight against organised crime and corruption.

10/04/2019
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Civil society representatives from both the EU and Turkey called on Turkish authorities to undertake major reforms in the fields of rule of law and human rights as a prerequisite to resume accession negotiations with the EU. This was one of the main conclusions of the 38th meeting of the EU-Turkey Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) held in Brussels on 8 and 9 April, which also agreed on the important role of the JCC as an open channel for exchanges at civil society level.

23/03/2017
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The importance of Social Dialogue, the role of employers' organisations, the economic situation in the Balkan countries, progress in the accession process and current political challenges:  these were main topics of the discussions at the Balkan Employers' Round Table that took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 22 March 2017. The event brought together representatives of employers' organisations from former Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia).

25/05/2022
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26/2022

On 24 May in Sarajevo, the EESC's Western Balkans Follow-up Committee held its yearly external meeting - for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic - to meet with civil society organisations (CSOs) in Bosnia and Herzegovina and discuss their role and concerns regarding the current situation. The conclusions will be conveyed to the country's political authorities and to the EU institutions.

 

31/10/2019
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44/2019

EESC criticises European Council decision to deny the opening of accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is deeply disappointed about EU leaders' decision to further postpone opening accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania at the European Council of 17-18 October, due to the lack of unanimity between the Member States.

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For the 8th time, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Montenegro held the Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) in Budva, Montenegro.

This meeting tackled following issues: Assessment of the state of play in Montenegro accession negotiations to the EU, Chapter 28 of the accession negotiations – with focus on Consumer protection and Debate on the situation of young people on the labour market.

08/11/2016

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