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During the meeting, members of the GCI were informed by the President on the civil society meeting of EuroLat's standing parliamentary committees (22-24 May), the hearing in the Walloon Parliament concerning the current state of The EU-Colombia, Peru and the FTA of Ecuador, as well as the public with DG Trade on the current status of the Advisory Groups. They were then interviewed by the European Commission on the preparation of the 2017 Civil Society Forum and the process of Ecuador's accession to the agreement.


During the 8th meeting of the Domestic Advisory Group for the EU-Colombia, Peru and Ecuador FTA the new President and Vice-Chairs were elected under the new mandate. Members participated in debriefing on past activities and exchanged views on a possible work programme for the new mandate. DG TRADE provided the members with the latest information on the FTA.

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During the meeting, the EU Domestic Advisory Group (EU DAG) and civil society representatives from Colombia, Peru and Ecuador discussed implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development Title of the Trade Agreement, with a particular focus on respect for international labour and environmental standards. They also discussed economic, social, environmental and human rights impacts resulting from the implementation of the Agreement. The participants reflected moreover on how the civil society from the EU, Colombia,  Peru and Ecuador can cooperate to promote sustainable development in the context of trade relations and prepare for the next joint meeting. The participants adopted a joint declaration summarising outcomes of their discussion and presented it to the Parties during the Open Session with civil society on 12 December.


During the meeting, the EU Domestic Advisory Group (EU DAG) discussed several aspects related to its composition and mandate provided by the Trade and Sustainable Development Title. The Group discussed also its Rules of procedure and elected Mr Giuseppe Iuliano (EESC, Workers Group) for the role of the Chair. Moreover, the representative of the European External Action Service (EEAS) provided information about the EU relations with Colombia and Peru and cooperation in a number of policy areas. The Commission representatives (DG TRADE) informed about progress achieved in implementation of the EU-Colombia and Peru Trade Agreement and its Trade and Sustainable Development Title. They also informed about the publication of the first Annual Report on this matter. The remaining part of the meeting was dedicated to a preliminary discussion concerning preparations for the meetings with Colombia and Peru in Bogota (Colombia) in June 2015.


During the meeting, the EU Domestic Advisory Group (EU DAG) elected Mr Pascal Kerneis (European Services Forum) and Mr Koen Warmenbol (Platform Europe Peru) for the roles of Vice-Chairs. The EU DAG adopted also its Rules of procedure. Moreover, the Commission (DG TRADE) representatives provided information concerning implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development Title and preparations for the joint meetings with Colombia and Peru planned for 16-17 June in Bogota (Colombia). The remaining part of the meeting was dedicated to preparations for a joint meeting with the Colombian civil society (DAG) representatives, including proposals for topics for future discussions.


The representatives of the EU and Colombian DAGs discussed the mandate and composition of the DAGs as envisaged by the TSD Title, as well as possible ways of their cooperation and topics for future discussions. The participants were of the view that joint meetings of the DAGs held back-to-back to the annual open sessions of the Sub-Committee on TSD with civil society provide a useful framework for a structured, in-depth discussion between the civil society representatives from the EU and Colombia and Peru. They also concurred that the Parties should facilitate presence of the DAGs and other civil society representatives in the annual meetings. They should also adopt appropriate measures to strengthen capacity of DAGs and other civil society organisations thus enabling them to effectively monitor implementation of the Agreement.