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CSD on the EU-Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations

  • Date: 11/09/2020, 10:00-12:00 (Registration closed)
  • Location: WEBEX
  • Registration closes on : 08/09/2020 12:00

Meeting details

  • Date: 11/09/2020, 10:00-12:00 (registration closed)
  • Location: WEBEX
  • Registration closes on : 08/09/2020 12:00

The EU and five countries of Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA-5) – Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, the Seychelles and Zimbabwe – are currently negotiating the deepening of the existing EU-ESA Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

The negotiations aim at a comprehensive trade agreement, covering trade in goods, services, investment and other trade-related topics, as well as an ambitious chapter on trade and sustainable development. The negotiations were launched on 2nd October 2019, and, so far, two negotiation rounds have been held (in January and July 2020).

Further information on the EU’s negotiations with the ESA-5 states

In line with the standard practice, DG Trade has commissioned an independent contractor, LSE Consulting, to undertake a Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA), which will feed into the negotiations. The purpose of the SIA is to provide for a deep assessment of the potential economic, social, human rights and environmental effects of the anticipated new and comprehensive EPA.

Draft inception report of the SIA

The purpose of this meeting is to present to the EU Civil Society Organizations the state of play of the negotiations with ESA-5, to present the draft Inception Report of the Sustainability Impact Assessment, and to exchange views on these topics.

Lead speakers

  • Ewa Synowiec, Director, Directorate-General for Trade (DG Trade), Chief Negotiator for the negotiations to deepen the EU-ESA EPA
  • Study Coordinator/Team Leader of the consortium led by LSE Consulting

Moderator
Civil Society Coordination, DG Trade, European Commission
 

Agenda
1. Presentation of the state of play of the negotiations
2. Presentation of the draft Inception Report for the SIA in support of the EU-ESA-5 negotiations
3. Open discussion with stakeholders

The meeting will take place via WEBEX. Access code and password will be sent to registered participants. We would be grateful if participants could launch their WEBEX connection at least 30 minutes in advance of the meeting so that any technical problems can be arranged in time before the meeting.

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Organisations that have registered to participate in this meeting.

  • Participant from ACT Alliance Advocacy to the European Union
  • Participant from Africa Europe Faith and Justice Network
  • Participant from Association de l'Aviculture, de l'Industrie et du Commerce de Volailles dans les Pays de l'Union Europeenne asbl
  • Participant from Association de l'Aviculture, de l'Industrie et du Commerce de Volailles dans les Pays de l'Union Europeenne asbl
  • Participant from ASSUC- European Association of Sugar Traders
  • Participant from Außenhandelsvereinigung des Deutschen Einzelhandels e.V.
  • Participant from Brot für die Welt
  • Participant from Bundesarbeitskammer Österreich
  • Participant from Bundesarbeitskammer Österreich
  • Participant from Bureau Européen de l'Agriculture Française
  • Participant from BUSINESSEUROPE
  • Participant from CEMA - European Agricultural Machinery Industry Association
  • Participant from COMITE EUROPEEN des FABRICANTS de SUCRE
  • Participant from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • Participant from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • Participant from Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag e.V.
  • Participant from Eurogroup for Animals
  • Participant from EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION OF DAIRY TRADE
  • Participant from European Centre for Development Policy Management
  • Participant from European Chemical Industry Council
  • Participant from European Cocoa Association
  • Participant from EUROPEAN SERVICES FORUM
  • Participant from EUROPEAN SERVICES FORUM
  • Participant from EUROPEAN SERVICES FORUM
  • Participant from European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers' Association
  • Participant from Fédération Française de l'Assurance
  • Participant from Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia
  • Participant from Global Witness
  • Participant from IFPI Representing recording industry worldwide
  • Participant from IFPI Representing recording industry worldwide
  • Participant from International Trade Union Confederation
  • Participant from Landwirtschaftskammer Österreich
  • Participant from Lithuanian Investors Association
  • Participant from PETITA I MITJANA EMPRESA DE CATALUNYA
  • Participant from PETITA I MITJANA EMPRESA DE CATALUNYA
  • Participant from Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Brussels Office
  • Participant from spiritsEUROPE
  • Participant from spiritsEUROPE
  • Participant from Tobacco Europe
  • Participant from Tobacco Europe
  • Participant from Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V.
  • Participant from Wirtschaftskammer Österreich
  • Participant from Wirtschaftskammer Österreich
  • Participant from Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie e.V.