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ACP Civil Society Forum (ACP CSF) Activities Report 2010-2011

N.B. 3rd ACP CSF was held in December 2010

ACP CSF registered in the EU Transparency register in April 2010: Register of  Interest Representatives (Identification number in the register: 36703913506-85): https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/transparency/regrin

https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/transparency/regrin/infos/contact.do

ACP CSF is registered in the database of the European Commission DG Trade Civil Society Dialogue.

ACP CSF has an online network for the ACP Civil Society Forum organizations and community site:
http://acpcsforum.igloocommunities.com 

The legal status and objectives of the ACP CSF as the official platform for ACP CS organizations for the ACP-EU cooperation is laid down in the following reports and documents:

1. Final Report Outcome of the meetings of the ACP and ACP-EU Civil Society Forum from 2nd-7th July 2001; The First ACP Civil Society Forum, Centre Borschette, July 2001, Brussels, Belgium;

2. the 27th ACP-EC Council of Ministers meeting in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

3. Douala Declaration, November 1999, ACP Civil Society Organisations Forum.

4. ACP CSF Declarations 2001, 2006, 2009.

ACP Civil Society Forum organizations participated in 2010 and 2011 in the following meetings and seminars :

  • the DG Trade Civil Society Meetings on Asean, USA, China, Canada, Japan, Mercosur, Andean, EPAs, Climate Change, GPS, Trade and SMEs, Trade and Development etc; EIAS seminar with ACP-China-EU on Raw Material Strategy;
  • European Parliament Conference "Organising Inclusive Ownership - The EU's Structured Dialogue to strenghten cooperation with Non State Actors in the South", Brussels, 31 May 2011
  • the regional seminars of CTA in Africa and the Caribbean;
  • the regional seminar of the EESC- ACP-EU Follow UP Committee in Ethiopia in July 2010;
  • the EU Structured Dialogue and the BAMAKO seminar in June 2010 through Non state Actors Platform in Dakar : Plate-forme des acteurs non étatiques pour le suivi de l'Accord de Cotonou au Sénégal, Dakar; email: contact@plateforme-ane.sn,moune@arc.sn, midieng@yahoo.frskype 
  • EIB CSD Annual Seminar and EIB Project Cycle 15 June 2011;
  • International CS Forum in Dakar, February 2011 through Civil society Plat-form "Action Développement et Intégration Régionale""ADIR", P.O.Box 6133 Bujumbura, BURUNDI, Email: gmanirankunda@gmail.com /godefroidmanir@yahoo.fr.

ACP CSF organizations have been involved in ACP-EU Facilities and Programmes such as ACP Science and Technology, ACP Migration Observatory, Intra ACP Academic Mobility Scheme, ACP Cultures, ProInvest and Mundus ACP/University of Porto invited ACP CSF as associate partner institution for the Mundus ACP project. 

  • Interventions ACP CSF at the request of EC DG Trade CS Unit during the Meetings in Brussels about ACP-EU global trade issues, noted in the EC CSD Minutes. Communication on Trade and Development - 30/03/2011 Minutes CSD meeting Communication on Trade and Development , 08/04/2011 Pag. 2 and 3 ACP Civil Society Forum (Joyce van Genderen-Naar) questioned if the public consultation will also be open for stakeholders in developing countries and what actions the Commission will take to reach and consult those stakeholders. Civil Society Interventions pag. 3: ACP Civil Society Forum (Joyce van Genderen-Naar) stated that despite being important, the views of ACP (as well as Latin-American and Asian) stakeholders are often neglected in Brussels. ACP Civil Society Forum (Joyce van Genderen-Naar) asked the Commission to facilitate dialogue with stakeholders in developing countries beyond their inclusion by delegations.
  •  Trade and SMEs - 31/03/2011 SMEs and Internationalisation , 31/03/2011 The EU Trade Policy 2011 , 31/03/2011 EU Trade Policy - Practical tools for SMEs , 31/03/2011 EU SME Policy , 31/03/2011 Minutes CSD meeting Trade and SMEs , 08/04/2011 Minutes Pag. 2:  ACP Civil Society Forum enquired what had been done over the past 50 years to establish better cooperation between Africa, Caribbean and Pacific region and SMEs. DG ENTR (Mr Hsia) explained that in the forthcoming SME report on internationalisation opportunities, DG ENTR had a limited geographical focus due to budget constraints. Responses from all organisations, including those in ACP countries, would be welcome during the public consultation on the forthcoming Communication.  DG TRADE (Mr Sourmelis) stressed the existence of instruments such as Export Helpdesk, which help SMEs from ACP countries to export to the EU. Association of World Council of Churches Related Development Organisations in Europe (APRODEV) asked how many SMEs are active on ACP markets. They also enquired how Market Access teams are structured and if DG Trade ever received complaints from SMEs on trade barriers. DG TRADE (Mr Sourmelis) informed that DG Trade is receiving continuously complaints from EU companies having problems in accessing third country markets. Market Access teams in third country markets are coordinated by the EU Delegation and they consist of Member States' Embassies, EU Delegation and local EU business representatives. There are no rigid rules for their internal set-up as it depends on the local situation. DG ENTR (Mr Hsia) explained that as far as ACP markets are concerned, the forthcoming report and Communication concentrate on key export markets which do not generally include ACP countries. DG TRADE (Mr Pilser) added that considerable funds for economic development in ACP countries are available through national and regional projects of the EC and EU Member States.

TradeCom Facility did not reply requests to involve ACP CSF.

EESC (European Economic and Social Committee) did not replying requests of ACP CSF for further involvement in their regional seminars.

ACP CSF representatives had two meetings with CONCORD, Eurostep and EU NGOs, in Brussels to discuss the cooperation with ACP CSF: first meeting in October 2010 with CONCORD and EU NGOs, Joyce van Genderen-Naar (ACP CSF advisor) and ACP CSF member Renwick Rose (ACP CSF Caribbean); second meeting in February 2011 with CONCORD, Eurostep, Joyce van Genderen-Naar and Godefroid Manirankunda (ACP CSF Burundi), who asked the Director of Concord to have this meeting in Brussels, when he became a member of the new established International Civil Society Forum (facilitated by CONCORD) in February 2011 in Dakar. We are still waiting the decision of CONCORD about co-operation with ACP Civil Society Forum. Latest email in May 2011 said that ACP CSF is 'first an Intra ACP issue cooperation'.

FECONS, Fundación Europea para la Cooperación Norte-Sur, in Huelva, España, invites ACP CSF to attend their meetings in 2011 in Honduras and Africa. www.fecons.org/

January 2010: letters to the attention of EuropeAid, Mr. Stefano Manservisi (Director General of DG Development of the European Commission), DG ECHO, ACP Secretariat, European Parliament and ACP -EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, Re: Humanitarian Assistance to Haiti after the earthquake. Letter to EC Gender Help Desk to ask attention for the urgent needs and vulnerability of women and children in Haiti after the earthquake, resulting in questions asked in the European Parliament January 20, 2010.

· Networking and information sharing on the situation in and help for Haiti, the state of play of the EPAs, the banana agreement of the EC with the Latin American countries and its impact on the ACP countries and the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Declaration in Tenerife 1 April 2010;the second revision of the Cotonou Agreement, DG Trade Civil Society Meetings and GSP Public Consultations; awareness of ACP-EU and WTO issues; celebration of the 35th Anniversary of the ACP Group of States on 6 June 2010, occasion to promote the ACP-EU cooperation in ACP and EU member states.
· Participation DG Trade Civil Society Development Meeting on
16 March 2010 in Brussels
· Participation DG Trade ACTA meeting on
22 March 2010 in Brussels.
· Participation in the EU Trade Civil Society Seminar 2010 in Prague, Czech Republic on 24 March 2010.
· Participation 17th
Brussels Development Briefing on "Biodiversity and Rural Development in ACP countries", at the Broschette Center in Brussels, Wednesday 10th March 2010 (8h30-13h00). Presentation ACP CSF: Awareness, public education key to environmental sustainability.

Participation of ACP Civil Society Forum in European Commission DG Trade Civil Society Meetings in Brussels:

Forthcoming meetings

Civil Society Dialogue meeting on Public consultation on possible EU-China investment agreement - 10.00-12.30
  • Ad hoc meeting - 20/06/2011
    Centre Albert Borschette, Room 1B, rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels
Bilateral trade negotiations: State of Play - 14.30-17.30
  • Ad hoc meeting - 27/06/2011
    Centre Albert Borschette, Room 1C, 36, rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels

Past Meetings

Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)
  • Ad hoc meeting - 25/01/2011
    Centre Albert Borschette, room AB-3D, 36, rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels
WTO Doha Development Agenda
  • Ad hoc meeting - 01/02/2011
    Berlaymont building, room Robert Schuman, 200 rue de la Loi, 1040 Brussels
Bilateral Trade Negotiations: State of Play
  • Ad hoc meeting - 09/02/2011
    Centre Albert Borschette, room AB-0D, 36, rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels
Communication on Trade and Development
  • Ad hoc meeting - 30/03/2011
    Charlemagne Building, Room Lord Jenkins, 170 Rue de la Loi, 1049 Brussels
Trade SIA EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, Draft Final Report
  • Ad hoc meeting - 30/03/2011
    Centre Albert Borschette, room AB-3D, 36 rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels
Trade and SMEs
  • Ad hoc meeting - 31/03/2011
    Centre Albert Borschette, AB-3D, 36, rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels
Civil Society Dialogue Meeting on Multiparty Trade Agreement between the EU and Andean countries and on the Trade Pillar of the Association Agreement between the EU and Central America
  • Ad hoc meeting - 12/04/2011
    Centre Albert Borschette, Room AB-1A, 36, rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels
Civil Society Dialogue Meeting with Jean-Luc Demarty on trade policy
  • Ad hoc meeting - 04/05/2011
    Charlemagne Building, Room Lord Jenkins, 170 Rue de la Loi, 1049 Brussels
Civil Society Dialogue Meeting on Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) and on the Review of the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) Regulation

Ad hoc meeting - 17/05/2011
Centre Albert Borschette, Room 0C, 36, rue Froissart, 1040 BrusselsPast Meetings: 2010

EU - Transatlantic Trade Relations
  • Ad hoc meeting - 10/12/2010
    Centre Albert Borschette, room AB-1C, 36, rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels
Trade Relations with Eastern Partnership Countries
  • Ad hoc meeting - 24/11/2010
    Centre Albert Borschette, room AB-0B, Rue Froissart 36, B-1040 Brussels
Meeting with Commissioner De Gucht: What will the new EU trade policy strategy do for you over the next 5 years?
  • Ad hoc meeting - 15/11/2010
    Centre Albert Borschette, room AB-2A, 36, rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels
Bilateral Trade Negotiations: State of Play
  • Ad hoc meeting - 26/10/2010
    Centre Albert Borchette, Room AB-4C, Rue Froissart 36, 1040 Brussels
Public consultation on future framework of EU-Japan trade and economic relations
  • Ad hoc meeting - 19/10/2010
    Centre Albert Borchette, Room AB-4B, Rue Froissart 36, 1040 Brussels
Ten Months On: How has trade policy been affected by the Lisbon Treaty
  • Ad hoc meeting - 13/10/2010
    Berlaymont building, room Robert Schuman, 200 rue de la Loi, 1040 Brussels
Trade policy and its impact on agriculture
  • Ad hoc meeting - 13/10/2010
    Berlaymont building, room Robert Schuman, 200 rue de la Loi, 1040 Brussels
Ad hoc meeting - Trade Sustainable Impact Assessment (SIA) for the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), Draft Inception Report
  • Ad hoc meeting - 07/09/2010
    Charlemagne Building of the European Commission (room Lord Jenkins), Rue de la Loi 170, Brussels

 

EU - ASEAN SIA Position Paper - 12/07/2010
Trade and Climate Change - 01/07/2010
Commissioner De Gucht on Future Trade Policy - 23/06/2010
Economic Partnership Agreements: State of Play - 22/06/2010
EU-India SIA Position Paper - 21/06/2010 :  Minutes , 21/06/2010
The EU's Bilateral Trade Relations with the US, China, Japan and Australia - 08/06/2010
Next Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) Scheme - 26/05/2010

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