Eastern Neighbours’ Platforms Civil Society Day in Brussels
On 11 September, a joint meeting of the Civil Society Platforms of the EU and Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and Armenia was held by EESC - European Economic and Social Committee
It was the first meeting of this format. The participants focused on the important role of civil society in Ukraine's cooperation and accession to the EU. The initiative of EESC President Oliver Röpke to engage Ukrainian civil society in the Committee's activities was also discussed.
The event gathering EU officials, authorities and partner representatives of the Civil Society Platforms (CSPs) from Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia and Moldova addressed the most important themes of a common interest, in particular:
ways to strengthen the role of civil society in the European integration process;
development of participatory dialogue platforms;
the role of civil society in overcoming challenges in the labour market, peace and security, and countering disinformation.
The role of the CSPs is to monitor the implementation of the respective Agreement between the EU and partner country from the civil society point of view, to inform of shortcomings in the legislation or in its implementation and to provide recommendations to the Parties (EU and third countries' governments).
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