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.
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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.
During the meeting, the EU DAG had an opportunity to discuss with Mr. Helmut Scholz, Member of the European Parliament, implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development Title and work of the civil society monitoring mechanism in the framework of the EU-Colombia and Peru Trade Agreement. Moreover, the representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS) presented information about the EU relations and cooperation with Colombia and Peru. Based on the Second Annual Report, the Commission representative provided information about the implementation of the Trade Agreement, changes in trade flows and work of joint bodies. He also informed about the procedures and timeline related to Ecuador's accession to the Agreement.
During the meeting, the representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS) will present information about the EU relations and cooperation with Colombia and Peru. The EU DAG Chair will inform the Group about the outcomes of the civil society meeting organized in Bogota on 6 October 2016 with a view of establishing the Colombian DAG. Moreover, the Commission representative will provide information about the Ecuador's accession to the Agreement, as well as about preparations for the next meeting with Colombia and Peru under the Trade and Sustainable Development Title planned for 7-8 December in Brussels. The Group will hold then an internal debate to choose topics for the meeting with Colombia and Peru and to organize cooperation with civil society in both countries