Workshops on Economic Partnership Agreements between EU and ACP countries
These workshops are aimed at graduate students, faculty, staff of NGOs and social movements and institutions of cooperation. With the collaboration of experts in this topic, we would like to encourage the debate on EPA. We will have opportunity to know the current status of the signing of the Agreements, to evaluate the role of civil society by demanding fairer negotiations and understanding their impact through 3 case studies.
Talleres monográficos sobre los Acuerdos de Asociación Económica entre la Unión Europea y los países ACP
Con estos talleres, y con la colaboración de personas especialistas en el tema, pretendemos seguir animando el debate sobre los EPA. Tendremos oportunidad de conocer el estado actual de la firma de los Acuerdos, valorar el papel de la sociedad civil en la demanda de negociaciones más justas y conocer sus impactos a través de 3 estudios de caso. Los talleres están dirigidos a alumnado de postgrado, profesorado universitario, personal de ONGD y movimientos sociales e instituciones de cooperación.
CMO organised a succesfull EPA public debate on April 23rd night in Nijmegen. The place was 'sold out' (if you can say that with free tickets) with 75 seats. The evening was in English.
There were interviews with two African famers (one from Ghana and one from Uganda). They explained how free trade affected their farming. There was an interview with Burghard Ilge that explained briefly what EPAs are, accompanied by a movie of Lokaal Mondiaal (in English with Dutch subtitles) of a African farmer in Brussels explaining why EPAs in his view were wrong. We had a succesfull theater play GreK and Grip save the Galaxy (that will be gilmed next month and put on the internet - You Tube and out PfC website). After the break there was a panel discussion and with the audience about EPAs: a curse or a blessing? In the panel: an African NGO representative from Ghana, a Dutch dairy farmer and member of a critical Farmers Association (against EPAs) and a representative of the biggest Dutch Farmers Association (pro EPAs). The audience was very critical on EPAs and it was a mixed audience: students from univerisity, some farmers, NGOs and people interested in development issues. We ended with the conclusion: what to do with the EPAs?
All in all it was quite a success.
On Saturday the same discussion will be held (1 hour time slot) on the Africa Day in The Hague in a room with 100 seats (sold out already). This day will be visited by 2500 people.