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Programme: ACP-EU Follow-up Committee

Monday 26 March 2018

9h00: Visit to ACP secretariat (tbc by ACP secretariat)

11h30: Welcome by Mr Yves SOMVILLE, President of the ACP-EU Follow-Up Committee

Report on recent activities:

  • 34th EU-ACP Joint Permanent Assembly (Porte-au-Prince, Haïti), by Mr Meelis JOOST, head of the ACP FuC delegation to the EU-ACP JPAP

Presentation of end of mandate report (2015-2018):

  • by Mr Somville

13h00: Lunch hosted by the EESC secretariat (only for members of the ACP-EU FuC)

14h30:  A New impetus to the Africa-EU Partnership

 Chair: Mr Mihai MANOLIU, EESC rapporteur on the Future Africa-EU Partnership

  • Ms Kristine DE PEYRON, Head of Division for Pan-African Affairs, European External Action Service.
  • Mr Domenico ROSA, Head of Unit EU-Africa, Directorate-General for International Development and Cooperation (or Deputy Head of Unit Mr Paul RENIER), European Commission

Discussion with the Follow-Up Committee

16h00:  Coffee break

16h15: Follow-up on the Post-Cotonou debate, preparing for the negotiations 

Chair: Ms Brenda KING, EESC rapporteur on Post-Cotonou

  • Mr Rigo BELPAIRE, Team Leader Post-Cotonou Task Force, European Commission
  • Mr Marc VAN BELLINGHEN, Senior Advisor, European External Action Service
  • Ms Ariane LIGNIER, Concord post-Cotonou and JAES Working Group

Discussion with the Follow-Up Committee

17h30: End of day 1

Tuesday 27 March 2018

9h30: Latest developments on economic partnership agreements (focus on SADC)

Chair: Mr Yves SOMVILLE, President of the ACP-EU Follow-Up Committee

  • Ms Erja ASKOLA, Deputy Head of Unit for Economic Partnership Agreements, Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission
  • Mr Jan-Willem VERHEIJDEN, SADC Trade Officer, European Commission
  • Mr Stefano PALMIERI, ACP-EU Follow-Up Committee member and participant to the November 2017 DG TRADE CSOs high-level event in South Africa

Discussion with the Follow-Up Committee

10h45: Coffee break

11h00: Latest developments in CARIFORUM

Chair: Ms Brenda KING, EU Co-Chair of the Cariforum-EU Consultative Committee

  • Mr Ignacio GRANELL, CARIFORUM Trade Officer, European Commission

Q & A and discussion with the ACP-EU Follow-Up Committee and with EU members of the Cariforum-EU Consultative Committee (CC), invited for this session

12h15: CLOSURE (only for members of the ACP-EU Follow-up Committee), chaired by Mr Yves SOMVILLE

13h00: End of the meeting

 

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