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Meeting of the EU-ACP Follow-up Committee - June 2022

Thursday, 23 June 2022

10 to 10.05 a.m.         Welcome address

  • Sofia MOREIRA DE SOUSA, Head of the Commission's Representation in Lisbon, Portugal

10.05 to 10.45 a.m.    Opening Session

  • Dimitris DIMITRIADIS, President of the EESC Section for External Relations
  • Francisco ANDRÉ, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Portugal
  • Francisco ASSIS, President of the Economic and Social Council of Portugal (online)

10.45 to 11.15 a.m.    Update on recent activities

  • 41st Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Strasbourg (France), 1-3 April 2022, by Dimitris DIMITRIADIS
  • 6th Meeting of the CARIFORUM-EU Consultative Committee in Bridgetown (Barbados), 3-4 May 2022, by Thomas WAGNSONNER
  • Exploratory Mission to Abdijan (Ivory Coast), 4-6 May 2022, by Josiane WILLEMS


11.15 to 11.30 a.m.    Coffee break

11.30 a.m. to 1 p.m.   The role of civil society in the new OACPS-EU Partnership Agreement

  • Hugo NUNES DA SILVA, Vice-President of the Council of the EU's ACP Working Party, French Presidency of the Council of the EU (online)
  • Domenico ROSA, Head of Unit, Strategic Partnerships with Africa and with the ACP, DG International Partnerships (DG INTPA), European Commission (online)
  • Rita LEOTE, Executive Director of Portuguese Non-Governmental Development Organizations (NGDOs) Platform (online)
  • Carlos TRINDADE, rapporteur for the EESC's own-initiative opinion on the Analysis of the role of organised civil society in the new EU-Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) Agreement, including the situation of the EPAs in this framework (REX/543)

Exchange of views

13.00 to 14.30 p.m. Lunch break

2.30 to 5 p.m.  Cooperation in the context of the new OACPS-EU Partnership Agreement

  • Carlos ZORRINHO, Member of the European Parliament and Co-Chair of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (online)
  • Ambassador João RIBEIRO DE ALMEIDA, President of Camões, Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, I.P.
  • Frédéric LAPEYRE, Director of the OIT Country Office for Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Togo


Friday, 24 June 2022

10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. The richness of interculturality in integration

  • Isabel ALMEIDA RODRIGUES, Secretary of State for Equality and Migration of Portugal
  • Rui PENA PIRES, Professor in the Department of Sociology, ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), Scientific Coordinator of the Emigration Observatory and Researcher on international migrations
  • Cyntia DE PAULA, President of the Casa do Brasil de Lisboa
  • Filomena VICENTE, President of Associação Caboverdeana de Lisboa


Closing remarks by Carlos TRINDADE, Chair of the ACP-EU Follow-up Committee

12.30 to 2 p.m. Lunch break

2.30 to 4.30 p.m.   Field visit to the Lisbon National Support Centre for the Integration of Migrants at the Portuguese High Commission for Migration (ACM, IP.) – Rua Álvaro Coutinho, 14, 1150-025 Lisboa