The EESC’s Transatlantic Relations Follow-up Committee met to discuss two current and timely topics with the aim of strengthening the EU-US partnership on a global scene, particularly important in the current challenging international context: the state of play of the transatlantic trade policy and the Year of Action between the two Summits for Democracy.
EU, ZDA in Kanada imajo skupne vrednote demokracije, človekovih pravic, gospodarske in politične svobode ter enake interese na področju zunanje politike in varnosti. ZDA in Kanada spadata med glavne trgovinske partnerice EU, z njo pa sodelujeta tudi pri oblikovanju mednarodnega pravnega reda. Čezatlantski odnosi potekajo v novem okolju, za katerega so značilni čedalje večji izzivi. Po našem mnenju civilna družba s svojo udeležbo v tem odnosu zagotavlja, da se lahko čezatlantski odnosi razvijajo glede na pričakovanja javnosti in učinkovito prispevajo k oblikovanju medsebojno koristnega sodelovanja.
Celoviti gospodarski in trgovinski sporazum (CETA) ter sporazum o strateškem partnerstvu med EU in Kanado sta bila podpisana 30. oktobra 2016. Prizadevali si bomo za stalno sodelovanje civilne družbe pri njunem izvajanju. Pogajanja o čezatlantskem partnerstvu za trgovino in naložbe (TTIP) med EU in ZDA trenutno mirujejo. Vseeno so pogajanja o TTIP prispevala k okrepitvi povezav med civilno družbo v EU in ZDA ter k opredelitvi stališč civilne družbe o tem, kakšni naj bi bili prihodnji trgovinski odnosi med EU in ZDA. Te dosežke je treba ohraniti. Naloga spremljevalnega odbora za čezatlantske odnose, ustanovljenega septembra 2014, je spremljanje čezatlantskih povezav s civilno družbo z izvajanjem rednega dialoga in posvetovanj o vprašanjih v zvezi z odnosi z ZDA in Kanado.
With China and Russia on the offensive, a renewed and reliable transatlantic partnership is the key to maintaining international and legal order and peace. The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) supports the idea of an Alliance of Democracies, ensuring that civil society has significant say in the joint defence of universal values and rights.
Through increased transatlantic dialogue, the Trade and Technology Council and the upcoming Summit for Democracy, the United States and the European Union have reached out to each other to jointly face global and internal challenges, and build a strong partnership on the basis of common democratic values.
Transatlantic relations remain strong and important even though they have recently had a very bad press. Business, both in the EU and the US, has a role to play in overcoming current difficulties. Together, we can effectively promote a positive transatlantic agenda and help to fight stereotypes and misinformation. These are just some of the conclusions of the debate with Susan Danger, CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU. The debate took place during the Employers' Group meeting on 11 July 2018.
The role of trade as a generator of growth and jobs is undeniable, but public perception of the further liberalisation of trade is getting worse and citizens' concerns must be addressed far more effectively than before. This was one of the conclusions of the conference on "Strengthening European Growth and Competitiveness: Proactive Trade Agenda – NOW!" that took place in Helsinki on 26 October.
The role of trade as a generator of growth and jobs is undeniable, but public perception of the further liberalisation of trade is getting worse and citizens' concerns must be addressed far more effectively than before. This was one of the conclusions of the conference on "Strengthening European Growth and Competitiveness: Proactive Trade Agenda – NOW!" that took place in Helsinki on 26 October. Jacek Krawczyk, President of the EESC Employers' Group, added:
It is our responsibility to advocate for trade; we cannot take it for granted that people understand what the benefits ...
With discussions for TTIP now at a critical point, the EESC has published a new opinion, ‘The position of the EESC on specific key issues of the TTIP negotiations’. The own-initiative opinion assesses some key issues of the negotiations and identifies the main considerations for European civil society. This new ...