The recent flow of disinformation in Europe, following the crisis in Ukraine, has underlined the need to consider the influence it has on social and political processes in the EU and the Eastern neighbouring countries. The impact caused by disinformation is often underestimated, as heavily funded disinformation is being spread not only via media, but also through cultural channels and public figures; its presence is strong and influential in the lives of European citizens, especially in Eastern Europe.
Grannländerna i öst
EESK:s verksamhet när det gäller grannländerna i öst omfattar Armenien, Azerbajdzjan, Vitryssland, Georgien, Moldavien och Ukraina. EESK:s främsta mål när det gäller grannländerna i Östeuropa är att stärka förbindelserna med civilsamhällesorganisationerna i regionen och involvera dem i en dialog med både deras nationella politiska beslutsfattare och EU:s organiserade civila samhälle.
De viktigaste mekanismerna för samarbete med Georgien, Moldavien och Ukraina är plattformarna för det civila samhället (tag to all three) som kompletterar de politiska organ som finns inom ramen för EU:s associeringsavtal med dessa länder. Plattformarna ger det civila samhällets organisationer från både EU och partnerlandet en möjlighet att övervaka genomförandeprocessen och utarbeta sina rekommendationer till de berörda myndigheterna.
På EU:s sida består dessa plattformar av EESK-ledamöter och företrädare för stora europeiska nätverk för det civila samhället. På partnerlandets sida representerar de ett brett spektrum av civilsamhällesorganisationer. Plattformarnas sammansättning bygger på principen om en balanserad representation av alla intressegrupper (arbetsgivarorganisationer, fackföreningar och olika intressegrupper).
Inom EESK inrättades 2004 Uppföljningskommittén för grannländerna i öst som ett särskilt organ med ansvar för förbindelserna med det civila samhället i de länder som ingår i det östliga partnerskapet. Uppföljningskommittén sammanträder vanligen fyra gånger per år och dess ledamöter deltar aktivt i det östliga partnerskapets verksamhet, t.ex. det östliga partnerskapets multilaterala plattformar och forum för det civila samhället.
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 5th meeting of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform took place on 15 November 2017 in Kyiv. 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 the Progress in the implementation of Euro-integration reforms in the field of Science and Technology, and on The rights of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). 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.
Representatives of the European and Georgian Domestic Advisory Groups (DAGs), set up under the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Georgia, held their fourth joint meeting in Brussels on 26 March 2019. The participants followed-up on the implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter of the Association Agreement.
Representatives of the two Domestic Advisory Groups (DAGs) from the EU and Ukraine held their third joint meeting in Brussels on 6 November 2019. Please click on the programme tab to consult the topics on the agenda.
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.