AKP und Afrika

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Der EWSA organisiert seit den 1970er-Jahren regelmäßige Sitzungen mit wirtschaftlichen und sozialen Interessengruppen aus den Staaten Afrikas, der Karibik und des pazifischen Raums (AKP-Staaten). Dabei werden Empfehlungen zu Themen ausgearbeitet, die für die Beziehungen zwischen der EU und den AKP-Staaten von Bedeutung sind.

Das Cotonou-Abkommen, in dem die grundlegende Rolle nichtstaatlicher Akteuren im Entwicklungsprozess der AKP-Staaten anerkannt wird, bildet bis 2020 die Grundlage für die Beziehungen zwischen der EU und den 78 AKP-Staaten. Auf der Grundlage dieses Abkommens richtet der EWSA Konsultationssitzungen und Treffen der wirtschaftlichen und sozialen Interessengruppen der AKP-Staaten und der EU aus.

Der EWSA unterhält auf verschiedenen Ebenen ständige Beziehungen mit den Vertretern der Zivilgesellschaft in den AKP-Staaten, namentlich durch:

  • regelmäßige Treffen des Begleitausschusses EU-AKP, der sich aus Mitgliedern des EWSA und Vertretern wirtschaftlicher und sozialer Interessengruppen der AKP-Staaten zusammensetzt,
  • regionale Seminare in AKP-Staaten, die ein Forum für Debatten mit Vertretern der Zivilgesellschaft in wechselnden Regionen über Themen von gemeinsamem Interesse bieten,
  • allgemeine Treffen der wirtschaftlichen und sozialen Interessengruppen der AKP-Staaten und der EU, die alle drei Jahre in Brüssel stattfinden.

Der EWSA steht zudem in regelmäßigem Kontakt mit dem Wirtschafts-, Sozial- und Kulturrat der Afrikanischen Union.

Darüber hinaus unterhält der EWSA seit vielen Jahren regelmäßige Beziehungen zu der Paritätischen Parlamentarischen Versammlung AKP-EU und stellt in den Sitzungen der Versammlung einen Bericht zu seinen Tätigkeiten vor.

Außerdem steht der EWSA in engem Kontakt zu internationalen Arbeitgeber-, Arbeitnehmer-, Landwirtschafts- und Verbraucherorganisationen. Diese Organisationen nominieren die AKP-Vertreter, die zu den vom EWSA veranstalteten Sitzungen eingeladen werden, darunter auch zu jenen des Begleitausschusses EU-AKP.

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The EESC held the 28th Meeting of Economic and Social Interest Groups of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states and EU countries in Brussels on 15-16 May. Trade relations, the new European consensus for development, prevention and reduction of food loss and waste, industrialisation as a development driver, and the future of EU relations with ACP countries were the five main themes of the conference, as outlined in a jointly accepted declaration ...

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The EESC calls for new EU-ACP partnership that puts civil society in the driving seat. During its Plenary session today, the EESC put forward recommendations on how EU trade, aid and development mechanisms should be reshaped to be more effective in dealing with current and future challenges in relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. These recommendations will influence the new framework that will replace the current Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA), signed by 79 ACP countries and the EU and due to expire in February 2020. Despite some ...


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After the COP21 in Paris came up with a number of financial commitments by all sorts of national and international donors, EU and African socio-economic stakeholders gathering in Nairobi called for better information on and access to climate-mitigation funding. Members of ...

The EESC  organised a regional seminar in Eastern and Southern Africa, which comprises the Indian Ocean islands (Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles), countries from the Horn of Africa (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Sudan) and some countries of Southern Africa (Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe).

The regional seminar took place in Mauritius, on 21-22 November 2019.




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The social economy is prominent in everyday life and in the productive activity of large regions of the world and makes a decisive contribution to improving the living and working conditions of millions of people. However, the social economy is not specifically recognised as a sector in the EU development cooperation programmes.One of the principal aims of the opinion is that the external dimension of the EU’s programmes and initiatives should establish support measures specifically targeted at boosting businesses and organisations in the social economy.


Under the auspices of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organises meetings with ACP and 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 and EU economic and social interest groups (Protocol 1).

Within this framework, the EESC organises general meetings in Brussels every three years, with delegates from the 78 ACP countries, together with representatives of the EU institutions, national economic and social councils, the secretariat of the ACP Group of States, EU and ACP states' diplomatic missions, NGOs and other interested parties. These general meetings are in addition to the regional seminars, which take place in the ACP regions once a year.

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The Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA), between the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the EU was signed in 2000, and it will expire in February 2020. This agreement contains trade, aid and development mechanisms that link 79 nations in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific with the EU as a whole.

The EESC is involved in this consultation through the referral sent by the Commission and has therefore been tasked with the preparation of an opinion on the Commission's Green Paper.

To prepare for the post-Cotonou framework, the Commission has launched a public consultation process by publishing in October 2015 a Green Paper on the Future of EU's relations with ACP Group of countries.

The EESC is involved in this consultation through the referral sent by the Commission and has therefore been tasked with the preparation of an opinion on the Commission's Green Paper.


The sixth meeting of the EU-Africa Economic and Social Stakeholders' Network took place in Brussels, Belgium, on 3 and 4 July 2019. A political declaration was adopted by the network to be addressed to the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the African Union.

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The Consultative Committee (CC) is one of the 5 institutions foreseen in the EU-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement. The CC is composed of 40 (25 from the CARIFORM side and 15 from  the EU side)  standing representatives of organisations of the civil society  representing employers' organisations, trade unions, other economic, social and non-governmental organisations, including development and environmental organisations; and the academic community.

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The Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) has been the main framework for relations between the continents of Europe and Africa since 2007. Its goal is to develop a shared vision of the main global issues whilst simultaneously strengthening cooperation in a broad range of areas such as development, governance, human rights, trade, regional integration, food security and migration. To this end, meetings of EU-African economic and social stakeholders are held on a regular basis.

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