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Monday 18 April ROOM JDE 63

9.30 – 10.30 a.m. Opening session

Chair: Dilyana Slavova, President of the EESC External Relations Section

  • Patrick I. Gomes, Secretary-General, ACP Group of States (tbc)
  • Carlos Wharton, Director, EPA Implementation Unit, Cariforum Directorate
  • Diana Acconcia, Head of Unit, ACP Economic Partnership Agreements, European Commission


10.30 – 11.45 a.m. CARIFORUM – EU Economic Partnership Agreement:

  1. Update on Implementation;
  2. Follow-up of 5-year Review;
  3. Monitoring & Evaluation Mechanism

Chair: EU Co-president of the CC

  • Representative from DG TRADE, European Commission
  • Representative from EPA Implementation Unit, CARIFORUM Directorate
  • Pavel Isa Contreras, Professor, Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo

Debate: The Role of the JCC on Monitoring & Evaluation of the EPA

11.45 a.m. – 1 p.m. Financing EPA implementation: the 11th EDF Programme

Chair: CARIFORUM Co-President of the CC

  • Representative from CARIFORUM Directorate
  • Federico Berna, Coordination Latin America and Caribbean, DG DEVCO, European Commission
  • Presentations from ALIANZA ONG and Caribbean Congress of Labour



1 – 2.30 p.m. Light buffet offered by the EESC (Atrium 6)


2.30 - 3.45 p.m.: Implementation of SDGs and their relevance to the EPA

Chair: EU Co-president of the CC

  • Deborah Seward, Director, United Nations' Brussels Regional Office
  • Statement/Presentations from EU and Cariforum sides


3.45 – 4 p.m. Coffee break

4 – 5.30 p.m. The Post-Cotonou Framework and its impact on EPA

Chair: CARIFORUM Co-President of the CC

  • Brenda King (UK), EESC Rapporteur on The Future of EU-ACP Relations
  • Ruth Estrella, Executive Director, CODOPYME (Dominican Republic)


Tuesday 19 April ROOM JDE 70

3.30 – 4.15 p.m. Future Work Programme

Chair: EU and/or CARIFORUM Co-President(s) of the CC

Proposals and Decision on reports to be drawn up by both sides for the next meeting of the JCC


4.15 – 5.30 p.m. Closing session and Adoption of Joint Statement

The Joint Statement will be presented by the two Co-Chairs of the JCC.


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