Warsaw, 29th May 2023
Marcin Nowacki elected the EU’s head of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform
On 29th May 2023 at 1 pm, at the Polish seat of the European Parliament and the European Commission, a press conference was held during which Marcin Nowacki, Vice-President of the Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers, was elected head of EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform (EU-Ukraine CSP) representing the European Union. The platform operates within the framework of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels, which is an EU advisory body.
At the conference, Cezary Kaźmierczak, President of the Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers, pointed out during his opening address that the European Economic and Social Committee is a platform for dialogue between employers, trade unions, NGOs, and politicians: “We are truly happy that a Pole has become the plenipotentiary for Ukrainian affairs, even more so a member of our organisation. Marcin Nowacki took on his new duties already at the beginning of the month.”
“The EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform is the foundation of institutional cooperation between social partners from EU member states and Ukraine. I have been elected for a term of 2.5 years, and I hope that we will soon begin the accession negotiation process. This is what will motivate me the most in the months to come. After the negotiations start, the Civil Society Platform will become the EU-Ukraine Joint Consultative Committee,” – said Marcin Nowacki, the Union’s VP.
The EU-Ukraine CSP integrates social partners from the EU and Ukraine. The body aims to supervise the process of Ukraine’s integration with the EU and to integrate the business community and employees between the parties. As part of the undertaken activities, reviews of the process of adapting Ukraine to EU requirements and support in the field of Ukrainian business entering the EU market are held.
The EESC is an EU advisory body with a specific role in the EU’s decision-making process. Before being processed by the European Parliament, each regulation is subject to an opinion process at the EESC. It consists of 329 representatives of employers’ organisations, trade unions, and NGOs from all Member States.