Dejavnosti EESO v zvezi z vzhodnoevropskimi sosedami vključujejo Armenijo, Azerbajdžan, Belorusijo, Gruzijo, Moldavijo in Ukrajino. Glavni cilj EESO glede vzhodnoevropskih sosed je okrepiti odnose z organizacijami civilne družbe v regiji in jih vključiti v dialog z njihovimi nacionalnimi oblikovalci politike in organizirano civilno družbo EU.
Glavni mehanizmi sodelovanja z Gruzijo, Moldavijo in Ukrajino so platforme civilne družbe: te dopolnjujejo politična telesa, ki obstajajo v okviru pridružitvenih sporazumov med EU in temi državami. Platforme organizacijam civilne družbe iz EU in partnerskih držav omogočajo, da spremljajo proces izvajanja in pripravijo svoja priporočila za ustrezne organe.
S strani EU v platformah sodelujejo člani EESO in predstavniki večjih evropskih mrež civilne družbe. Člani platform s strani partnerskih držav zastopajo široko paleto organizacij civilne družbe. Sestava platform temelji na uravnoteženem zastopanju vseh interesnih skupin (organizacije delodajalcev, sindikati in skupine raznih dejavnosti).
Spremljevalni odbor za vzhodnoevropske sosede EU je bil ustanovljen leta 2004 kot posebno telo v okviru EESO za odnose s civilno družbo v državah vzhodnega sosedstva. Običajno se sestane štirikrat na leto, njegovi člani pa dejavno sodelujejo v dejavnostih vzhodnega partnerstva, kot so njegove večstranske platforme in forum civilne družbe.
Cohesion policy is key to overcoming the COVID-19 crisis, to achieving climate neutrality by 2050 and to reducing disparities in Europe. Its most serious challenge for the foreseeable future, however, is the war in Ukraine, the EESC cautions in a recent opinion. Rapid action is needed to help refugees and ensure the country's European integration.
The situation of civil society in Belarus following the presidential elections in August 2020 and the huge level of repression, as well as the tragic fate of the people in Afghanistan, show that the EU has to speak up with one voice in the geopolitical arena.
On 26 September, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) approved an own-initiative opinion to mark the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership (EaP). In this opinion, the EESC acknowledges the important achievements of this initiative, but also calls for further reforms in the areas of democratisation and fundamental freedoms. The opinion insists on the need to strengthen the role of civil society and to provide credible EU membership prospects to EaP states.
The 3rd meeting of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform (CSP) held in Kyiv on 8-9 November focused on labour market regulation and antidiscrimination legislation and practices in Ukraine, as well as reviewed the progress of the reforms undertaken within the Association Agreement process. The civil society organisations of the EU and Ukraine strongly called for the EU Member States to push, with all necessary political and economic means, for the restoration of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, establishing peace and solving the humanitarian problems of the residents of these and adjoining territories. Opening the meeting, Alfredas Jonuška ...
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) hosted a high-level conference on 5 September to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership.
Georgia has the best track record in freedom of media among the Eastern Partnership countries, but nevertheless sustained efforts are called for in order to raise the standard of journalistic quality, objectivity and ethics, as well as secure their independence and sources of financing. This was one of the main messages of the EU-Georgia Civil Society Platform (CSP)'s second meeting held on 16th February at the EESC. The Platform also made recommendations for the Georgian government to ...
The 1st and inaugural meeting of the EU-Georgia Civil Society Platform (CSP) was held on 16th June 2016 in Tbilisi and was co-chaired by Andrzej Adamczyk, member of the EESC, and Kakha Gogolashvili, chairman of the Georgian National Platform at the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum. The participants in the first CSP meeting adopted a joint declaration, assessing the state of play of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement's implementation and acknowledging the considerable progress achieved by Georgia since the beginning of the Association process. Nevertheless, they called ...