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Civil Society Dialogue on Cariforum EPA evaluation – Draft Interim Report

  • Date: 29/01/2020, 14.00 - 16.00 (Registration closed)
  • Location: Conference Center Albert Borschette, Room 1.D, Rue Froissart 36, Brussels
  • Registration closes on : 24/01/2020 12:00

Meeting details

  • Date: 29/01/2020, 14.00 - 16.00 (registration closed)
  • Location: Conference Center Albert Borschette, Room 1.D, Rue Froissart 36, Brussels
  • Registration closes on : 24/01/2020 12:00

The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and 14 CARIFORUM states has been implemented for 10 years. The EU has commissioned an ex-post evaluation to assess the extent of implementation of the Agreement on both EU and CARIFORUM side, as well as the impact of the agreement with regard to its core objectives, namely increased trade, investment, economic development and poverty reduction in the CARIFORUM states.

The EU-Cariforum EPA is ‘comprehensive’ both in the geographic and thematic sense, covering the whole region and including not only provisions on trade in goods, but also trade in services and provisions on trade-related issues (including competition, innovation and intellectual property, transparency in public procurement and trade and sustainable development). Furthermore, like all EPAs, the EU-Cariforum EPA is a development-oriented trade agreement, geared towards fostering long-term sustainable economic growth in the Caribbean.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss with stakeholders the findings in terms of implementation and impact in the ex-post evaluation. DG Trade will also debrief participants on the outcome of the 9th EU-CARIFORUM Trade and Development Committee meeting under the EPA, held on the 28th and 29th November 2019.

Lead speakers:
Deputy Head of Unit, Trade D2 – Economic Partnership Agreements – Africa, Caribbean and Pacific, Overseas Countries and Territories, DG Trade , European Commission
Evaluation project team leaders from Ecorys and Appleton Luff

Moderator
Civil Society Coordination, DG Trade, European Commission

Background information: 
Evaluation roadmap
Inception report

Agenda:
1) Debrief from the 9th EU-CARIFORUM Trade and Development Committee Meeting (TDC), held on 28th-29th November 2019
2) Presentation on findings on implementation and impact under the CARIFORUM EPA ex-post evaluation
3) Q&A and open discussions with stakeholders

We would be grateful if participants could arrive 30 minutes in advance. Please bring with you an ID card and your registration confirmation.

About travel expense.

Organisations that have registered to participate in this meeting.

  • Ms Haydee Fernandez Granja, Asociación Española de Mayoristas, Transformadores, Importadores y Exportadores de Productos de la Pesca y la Acuicultura
  • Ms Katarina Sipic, Asociación Española de Mayoristas, Transformadores, Importadores y Exportadores de Productos de la Pesca y la Acuicultura
  • Mr Benedikt Wiedenhofer, BUSINESSEUROPE
  • Mr Florian Dalstein, COMITE EUROPEEN des FABRICANTS de SUCRE
  • Mr Dominic Stanculescu, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • Ms Sandra Schorrer, Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag e.V.
  • Mr Jürgen Lang, EuroCommerce
  • Mr Dorian Dural, EURODOM
  • Ms Ana Claudia Manuelito, EUROPEAN APPAREL AND TEXTILE CONFEDERATION
  • Mrs. Kathleen Van Hove, European Centre for Development Policy Management
  • Mr Alfred Gajdosik, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Mr Andreas Berger, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Ms Brenda KING, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Ms. Lourdes Medina, EUROPEAN SERVICES FORUM
  • Mr. Jean DIB, EUROPEAN SERVICES FORUM
  • Ms Daniela Iller, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
  • Mr. Tom Voege, ICC BELGIQUE
  • Ms Agnese Litti, International Confederation of European Beet Growers
  • Ms Elisabeth Lacoste, International Confederation of European Beet Growers
  • Mr Marc Maes, Koepel van de Vlaamse Noord-Zuidbeweging - 11.11.11
  • Dr. Margarita Starkeviciute, Lithuanian Investors Association
  • Mr Guillaume Arduin, Mouvement des Entreprises de France
  • Ms Silke Lalvani, Pearle*-Live Performance Europe (Performing Arts Employers Associations League Europe)
  • Mrs Claire Grosbois, STARCH EUROPE