Países ACP e África

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Since the 1970s, the EESC has been organising regular meetings with economic and social interest groups from the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP). These meetings provide an opportunity to draft recommendations on issues relevant to ACP-EU relations.

The Cotonou Agreement will govern relations between the EU and 78 ACP countries until 2020; it recognises the essential role played by non-state operators in the development process. This Agreement allows the EESC to organise meetings and consultation with ACP-EU economic and social interest groups.

The EESC maintains regular contacts with the representatives of civil society in the ACP countries at different levels through:

  • Regular meetings of the ACP-EU Follow-Up Committee, composed of EESC members and representatives of ACP economic and social interest groups,
  • Regional Seminars in ACP countries, providing a forum for discussing topics of common interest with civil society representatives in alternating regions,
  • Triennial General Meetings of ACP-EU economic and social interest groups in Brussels.

The EESC also maintains regular contacts with the African Union's Economic, Social and Cultural Council.

The EESC has for many years kept up regular contacts with the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly by presenting a report on its activities at the Assembly's sessions.

The EESC is likewise in close contact with international employers', workers', farmers' and consumers' organisations. These organisations nominate the ACP representatives invited to the meetings held by the EESC, including the ACP-EU Follow-up Committee.

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16/07/2009

"...L'intégration régionale ne saurait s'approfondir sans une stabilité accrue des États. La paix et la sécurité doivent être une des priorités de l'U.E. ..."

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Opinion on the Regional integration for development in ACP countries

22/11/2018
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Achim Shaffert
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Head of Cooperation, Delegation of the European Union to Namibia
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The European External Investment Plan

01/10/2009

"...Le Comité économique et social européen se félicite de la proposition de la Commission d'entamer un dialogue et une coopération trilatérale entre l'Union européenne, la Chine et l'Afrique. Il s'agit d'une perspective on ne peut plus nécessaire et inévitable, bien que le résultat en soit assez incertain et problématique. Il convient en particulier d'évaluer à la fois l'approche pragmatique et progressive et la pertinence des quatre secteurs spécifiques proposés: la paix et la sécurité, les infrastructures, l'utilisation des ressources naturelles et de l'environnement, l'agriculture et la sécurité alimentaire. ..."

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Opinion on The EU, Africa and China

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