General Meetings

General meeting of ACP-EU economic and social interest groups are organised every three years in Brussels. The conferences bring together delegates from all ACP countries with a view to discussing issues relating to the implementation of the Cotonou Agreement, the negotiations on the Economic Partnership Agreements and other topics. At the end of each conference, a final declaration is adopted by the participants.

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    Brussels, Belgium

    The main topics on the agenda are the trade relations between the ACP countries and the EU, the sustainable development goals and the post-2015 agenda, as well as the role of the private sector in development cooperation.

    Against this backdrop, the 27th meeting brings together some 160 participants – including representatives of economic and social partners from the 78 ACP countries – in order to gather their views on the above-mentioned topics. Representatives of Economic and Social Councils of ACP and European countries, representatives of EU and ACP institutions, international socio-professional organizations (employers, trade unions, farmers, consumers) and NGOs will also be invited. The conclusions of the meeting will be sent to political bodies and the main EU and ACP partners.

     

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    EESC, Brussels, Belgium
    Under the auspices of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organises meetings with the ACP-EU Economic and Social Interest Groups. This role has been confirmed by the Cotonou Agreement, which mandates the EESC to organise consultation sessions and meetings of ACP-EU economic and social interest groups (Protocol 1).
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    Poster of the meeting
    "An Improved Partnership for a Better Development"
    Meeting - Brussels, Belgium
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    Regional Integration and Sustainable Development
    Meeting - Brussels, Belgium

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