The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organises meetings with the economic and social interest groups in the ACP-EU countries. This role was confirmed by the Cotonou Agreement, which mandated the EESC to organise consultative meetings and informal meetings between EU and ACP economic and social interest groups (Protocol No 1).
In accordance with the role entrusted to it by the Cotonou Agreement, every three years the EESC holds general meetings in Brussels bringing together economic and social interest group delegates from the 78 ACP countries and EESC members, along with representatives of the EU institutions, national economic and social councils, the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States, ACP and EU states’ diplomatic missions, NGOs, international organisations, international socio-occupational organisations and other stakeholders. Aside from these general meetings, regional seminars are organised in ACP regions on average once a year.
These general meetings in Brussels aim to factor the points of view of civil society into the implementation of the Cotonou Agreement.
The conclusions of the meeting will be summarised in a document that will be sent to political bodies and the main EU and ACP partners.
ECDPM’s Isabelle Ramdoo will speak at the session on ‘The future of trade relations between the ACP countries and the EU’.