This own initiative opinion looks to examine the agreement already under negotiation between EU and Japan (being the third non-European EU trade partner) and in particular its economic, social and environmental consequences. This agreement is not only dealing with trade, but will have on societies expected consequences to be enlightened and taken in account by negotiators. The automobile sector, public procurement, services, agricultural and pharmaceutical products sectors are, among others, concerned.
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V Aziji EESO sodeluje z organizacijami civilne družbe na Kitajskem, Japonskem in v Južni Koreji. Leta 2007 po devetem srečanju na vrhu med EU in Kitajsko je bila vzpostavljena uradna okrogla miza civilne družbe s Kitajsko, ki se sestane vsaj enkrat na leto. V zadnjih letih je Odbor v skladu s sporazumom o prosti trgovini med EU in Japonsko, ki civilni družbi dodeljuje spremljevalno in svetovalno vlogo, vlagal v razvoj tesnejših odnosov z organizirano civilno družbo na Japonskem.
Sporazum o prosti trgovini med EU in Republiko Korejo, ki je začel veljati leta 2011, je bil prvi v t. i. novi generaciji trgovinskih sporazumov EU. Za te sporazume je značilno, da vključujejo poglavje o trgovini in trajnostnem razvoju, EESO in organizacijam civilne družbe v Koreji pa dajejo formalno vlogo pri spremljanju izvajanja teh sporazumov in svetovanju ustreznim političnim organom na področju okoljskih, socialnih in delovnih standardov ter o drugih vprašanjih, ki so neposredno pomembna za civilno družbo. Notranja svetovalna skupina EU se vsako leto sestane trikrat; skupna seja poteka enkrat na leto.
Poleg tega EESO sodeluje s civilno družbo v drugih azijskih državah in pri ustreznih mednarodnih ad hoc dogodkih, kot je forum državljanov Azije in Evrope, organiziran dvakrat na leto, tj. medregionalna platforma civilne družbe, ki je del azijsko-evropskega srečanja.
The main aim of the review is to assess whether all existing priorities of the EU-Central Asia Strategy remain valid, and whether the EU should maintain its current focus on issues such as security, education, sustainable development (energy, transport and environment), and the rule of law.
The 2030 Agenda, the new global framework for sustainable development agreed by the UN in 2015, needs to be reflected in EU's development policy, the major orientations of which are set out in the 2005 European Consensus on Development ("the Consensus").
To this end, the Commission issued Communication COM(2016) 740, "Proposal for a New European Consensus on Development: Our World, Our Dignity, Our Future" in November 2016. Interinstitutional negotiations are expected to result in its endorsement in the form of a Joint Statement by the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission, in May 2017.
An EU-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) would cover over a fifth of the global population, making it one of the most significant FTAs in the world. It has the potential to bring significant benefits for society to both the EU and India.
However, the EESC is concerned with its uncertain social and environmental effects for the EU, especially in terms of Mode 4 (mobility of workers) and for the poorer segments of Indian society.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) warns against granting China market economy status (MES) and calls on the European institutions to promote fair international competition and actively defend European jobs and European values with efficient trade defence instruments (TDIs). In its opinion, adopted at its 514th plenary session on 14th July, the EESC points to the disastrous impact a possible granting of MES to China would have on Europe's industry and consequently on Europe's labour market. The EESC insists on China's fulfilment of the five EU criteria for achieving the MES.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has adopted at its March plenary session an opinion on the Joint Communication "Connecting Europe and Asia – Building blocks for an EU Strategy", issued by the European Commission and the EU High Representative in September 2018. The EESC considers it to be a seriously missed opportunity, with many significant strategic gaps, little ambition and no real depth of vision offered as to the development of EU's relationship and connectivity with Asia.