CONCORD Europe and Platform SLOGA are co-hosting digital event Insider’s Guide to the post-Cotonou Agreement Launch event

on Thursday, 8 July 2021, 14:00 – 16:00 CEST / UTC+2

The new Partnership Agreement between the European Union and members of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS, formerly known as the ACP Group of States) marks the formal conclusion of the negotiations of the post-Cotonou Agreement, setting the political, economic and sectoral cooperation framework for the next twenty years. The new Agreement will reinforce the OACPS-EU’s capacity to act together on issues of global dimension such as environmental and climate change, migration and mobility, peace and security.

The post-Cotonou Agreement aims at promoting a multi-stakeholder approach, enabling the active engagement of a wide variety of actors in partnership dialogue and cooperation processes, including parliaments, local authorities, civil society and the private sector. To encourage robust civil society engagement (both in Europe and in ACP) in the implementation and monitoring phases, CONCORD Europe has developed an ‘Insider’s Guide to the post-Cotonou Agreement’. This guide aims to be a user-friendly tool that explains the crucial parts of the Agreement, why civil society must engage with the Agreement and what civil society organisations can do in terms of advocacy. This is a natural progression from CONCORD Europe’s reaction to the negotiated text of the Agreement. SLOGA, the Slovene National Platform for Non-Governmental Organisations for Development, Global Education and Humanitarian Aid, is developing a Slovene version of the Guide, which will also be launched on 8 July.

The purpose of the event is to enhance the mechanisms for civil society participation under the Post-Cotonou Agreement and foster strategic collaboration between policymakers and civil society is to bring key stakeholders from the EU and the ACP side together to think through what can be done to ensure mechanisms for civil society participation are effective and context-driven. The event also aims to foster collaboration between policymakers and civil society actors.

Register in advance for this meeting HERE.

Live interpretation from English to French/Portuguese/Spanish


Welcome and introductions

  • Mr. Albin Keuc (SLOGA)

Opening remarks

  • Ms. Tanya Cox (CONCORD Europe)

Discussion panel

  • Ms. Sandra Bartelt (Cabinet of Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen)
  • Civil society representative Africa: Mr. Muhammed Lamin Saidykhan (Africans Rising)
  • Civil society representative Pacific: Mr. Josaia Osborne (Deputy Executive Director Programme PIANGO)
  • Civil society representative Caribbean: Ms. Joyce Naar (ACP Civil Society Forum)
  • Moderator: Ms. Irena Jager Agius (ACP Counsellor and Representative of the Slovenia Presidency)

Closing Remarks

  • Mr. Domenico Rosa (DG INTPA)


Negotiated text of the post-Cotonou Agreement

EC Communication “Towards a comprehensive Strategy with Africa”

CONCORD’s Analysis of EU Communication “Towards a comprehensive strategy with Africa”

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