The External Relations Section (REX) of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is responsible for dialogue between European civil society organisations and their homologues from the countries with which the European Union has formal relations (e.g. under the form of a Free Trade Agreement). Through this dialogue, made possible by a series of bilateral bodies, and through specialized opinions and information reports, the Committee is able to concretely contribute to EU foreign policy.
The EESC’s Civil Society Prize rewards innovative and creative initiatives that promote and have a lasting impact on European identity and integration. This year’s prize is being awarded in two categories – empowerment of young people in the context of the European Year of Youth, and actions in support of the Ukrainian people following the invasion by Russia.
Ukraine – from relief to reconstruction – proposals by the European civil society
At the plenary session on 24 March 2022, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted a resolution on the "War in Ukraine and its economic, social and environmental impact".
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) welcomes the Memorandum of Understanding on a Strategic Partnership on Critical Raw Materials and Batteries signed on 13 July by Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight, on behalf of the European Union, and Denys Shmyhal, Prime Minister of Ukraine.
'This Partnership will play a key role in enhancing cooperation in the domain of critical raw materials and battery value chains and will represent a step forward in deepening the integration of the respective value chains' Christa Schweng, the EESC president said.