The External Relations Section of the EESC (European Economic and Social Committee) adopted an own-initiative Opinion on Enhancing the transparency and inclusiveness of the EU accession process on 12th June 2014, tabled by Marina Skrabalo - an EESC member from Croatia. The Opinion outlines some of the key features and lessons learned from the EU's enlargement policy over the past five years. The role of EESC in facilitating civil society engagement in the accession process and its challenges is also reflected in the document. Many of the recommendations urge for more significant participation of the civil society and the other social partners in the negotiation process and concrete recommendations are given for improvement in this area to the European Commission, the national governments of negotiating countries as well as to the EESC itself.
The current version of the document can be downloaded here.
Source: Balkan Civil Society Development Network