Dejavnosti EESO v zvezi z vzhodnoevropskimi sosedami vključuje 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.
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 ...
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 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 ...
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 7th meeting of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform took place on 3-5 April 2019 in Lviv in Ukraine. During the meeting, a debate was held assessing the state of play of the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. And two reports, prepared by both sides, on the rights of trade unions and employees and on ensuring food security were discussed.
The 8th meeting of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform will take place on 3 December 2019 in Brussels. During the meeting, a debate will be held assessing the state of play of the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. And two reports, prepared by both sides, one on the Integration of Ukraine into the European Union's Digital Single Market and the second one on Transport component of the Association Agreement, will be discussed.
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.
The 5th meeting of the EU-Moldova Civil Society Platform took place on 23 May 2019 in Brussels. During the meeting, a debate was held assessing the state of play of the implementation of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement. Reports on public integrity framework in Moldova were discussed. Platform members also had a look at the update of past declarations adopted by the CSP, more specifically through a progress report on the implementation status of the DCFTA with Moldova and a debate on Dniester Water Management.