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Development Brussels, 19 July 2011

Stakeholder meeting on study on special derogation to Rules of Origin for fishery products under Interim Partnership Agreement between EU and Pacific States.

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Under the Interim Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Pacific States of Papua New Guinea and Fiji, the European Commission is carrying out a study on the implementation of the special derogation to the Rules of Origin for fishery products (global sourcing). As Fiji is not implementing the agreement, this special derogation for the time being only applies to Papua New Guinea.

The purpose of the study is to analyse the implementation of the derogation, and to look in particular at the developmental impact in PNG, at the impact on marine resources in the Western Pacific, and at the impact on trade between PNG and the EU and on the fisheries industry in the EU. The terms of reference are based on Art.6 of protocol II of the agreement.

In order to launch this study, a stakeholder meeting with the experts in charge of preparing it will take place on 19 July 2011 from 9.30 – 13.00 in the Albert Borschette Conference Centre, Rue Froissart 36, 1140 Brussels, room 1.C (please check the room on the screens at the entrance).

The main purpose of this meeting will be for the experts to have an opportunity to hold a debate with stakeholders before starting their field work, so as to be fully aware of all the concerns and interests involved.

It will however not be the purpose of this meeting to discuss the scope of the study or to revise the terms of reference, which form part of the contract with the experts.

The meeting shall start with a first round of statements, where each participant who so wishes can have approx. 3-5 minutes for an opening statement.

You can also provide us with written comments, which should reach us by 31 July 2011 at the latest.

If you are interested in participating in this meeting, please register with Rita Hermann ( by 14 July 2011 at the latest, stating your specific interest in the subject matter.

Please note that in order to have access to the building, you must provide your family name, first name, the name of the institution you are representing, your date of birth, and the number of your passport or identity card.

Please note that no interpretation service will be available during the meeting.

The Interim Agreement was published in the Official Journal of the European Union L 272 on 16 October 2009.

Practical details
  • Date: 19 July 2011 from 9.30 – 13.00
  • Location: Albert Borschette Conference Center, Rue Froissart 36, 1140 Brussels, room 1.C00