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CES/09/128

6 October 2009

EU-Brazil civil society Round Table addresses EU-Brazil summit

On 6 October 2009 the European Economic and Social committee (EESC) and the Economic and Social Development Council of Brazil (CDES) took part in the third EU-Brazil Summit in Stockholm to present the conclusions of the first EU-Brazil civil society Round Table.

Antoninho Trevisan from the CDES and EESC President Mario Sepi expressed the concerns of civil society regarding the social consequences of the current economic crisis and the difficulties faced by the financial markets. They underlined the negative consequences of the crisis on civil society, especially for workers and enterprises. It was the first time that both civil society councils are heard by the Heads of State in the framework of the EU-Brazil Strategic Partnership.

Brazilian President Lula da Silva, the Swedish Prime Minister Mr Reindfeldt and Commission President Barroso thanked the co-chairs of the Round Table and pointed out the convergence of views between governments and civil society.

Mr Lula da Silva underlined the need to bring forward the action plan agreed under the Strategic Partnership, and requested a more efficient joint work between Brazil and the European Commission.

Mr Barroso focused on three problems: economic crisis, protectionism and climate change, and the need to seek economic growth that also encompasses employment and job creation.

Mr Sepi and Mr Trevisan concluded by expressing their satisfaction of the direct participation of civil society consultative bodies in the Summit, and highlighting the similar insights expressed at the summit discussion and the Round Table conclusions.

For more information on the EU-Brazil round Table, please consult:

http://eesc.europa.eu/sections/rex/la/index_en.asp?id=40750000rexen


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