Representatives of the European and Georgian Domestic Advisory Groups (DAGs), set up under the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Georgia, held their first joint meeting in Tbilisi on 26 January 2016. The participants expressed their commitment to fulfil the mandate foreseen in the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter of the Association Agreement, namely to monitor the implementation of the Chapter and to provide advice to the Parties to the Agreement.
Vizinhos europeus do Leste
As atividades do CESE relativas aos vizinhos europeus de Leste envolvem a Arménia, o Azerbaijão, a Bielorrússia, a Geórgia, a Moldávia e a Ucrânia. O principal objetivo do CESE em relação aos vizinhos europeus de Leste é reforçar as relações com as organizações da sociedade civil na região e envolvê-las num diálogo com os responsáveis políticos, quer a nível nacional, quer a nível da sociedade civil organizada da UE.
Os principais mecanismos de cooperação com a Geórgia, a Moldávia e a Ucrânia são as plataformas da sociedade civil, que complementam os órgãos políticos existentes no âmbito dos acordos de associação da UE com estes países. As plataformas permitem às organizações da sociedade civil da UE e do país parceiro monitorizar o processo de implementação e formular recomendações às autoridades competentes.
Do lado da UE, as plataformas são compostas por membros do CESE e por representantes das grandes redes europeias da sociedade civil. Do lado do país parceiro, as plataformas representam um vasto leque de organizações da sociedade civil. A sua composição tem por base uma representação equilibrada de todos os grupos de interesse (empregadores, sindicatos e grupos de interesses diversos).
No CESE, o Comité de Acompanhamento para os Vizinhos Europeus do Leste foi criado em 2004, como órgão responsável pelas relações com a sociedade civil nos países da vizinhança oriental. O Comité de Acompanhamento reúne-se habitualmente quatro vezes por ano e os seus membros participam ativamente nas atividades da Parceria Oriental, tais como as plataformas multilaterais da Parceria Oriental e o Fórum da Sociedade Civil da Parceria Oriental.
The EESC and the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum are organising their 3rd joint seminar, on 23 November 2016, in Versailles. The objective of the seminar is to discuss topics of common interest for European and Russian civil society. On the agenda this year will be questions such as the current situation in which civil society in Russia and in the EU are operating, and questions relating to migration, specifically focusing on good practices and experiences in integrating newcomers into host societies.
Article 376 of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement foresees that each Party would establish a domestic advisory group (DAG) on sustainable development, which would advise on issues relating to the Chapter of trade and sustainable development. A joint meeting is held annually. The first meeting was held in July 2015.
The first and inaugural meeting of the EU-Georgia Civil Society Platform (CSP) was held on 16 June 2016 in Tbilisi. The CSP complements the political bodies existing within the framework of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement, and it allows civil society organisations from both sides to monitor the implementation process and prepare recommendations to the relevant authorities both in Georgia as well as in the European Union.
The CSP is made up of EESC members and representatives from large European civil society networks, on the one side, and representatives from Georgian civil society organisations, on the other side.
The first and inaugural meeting of the EU-Moldova Civil Society Platform (CSP) was held on 10 May 2016 at the EESC. The CSP complements the political bodies existing within the framework of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement, and it allows civil society organisations from both sides to monitor the implementation process and prepare recommendations to the relevant authorities both in the Republic of Moldova as well as in the European Union.
The CSP is made up of nine members from both Parties, representing the EESC and large European civil society networks, on the one side, and civil society organisations from Moldova, on the other side.
The 2nd meeting of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform took place on 11 February 2016 in EESC premises in Brussels. During the meeting, a debate was held assessing the state of play in the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, and two reports, prepared by both sides, were discussed and adopted – on energy policy and on the rule of law, with a focus on fight against corruption. A Joint Declaration was adopted at the end of the meeting to be forwarded to the EU-Ukraine Association Council, the Association Committee, the Parliamentary Association Committee and other relevant bodies both in Ukraine as well as in the EU.