Economic Partnership Agreement Consultative Committee

The CARIFORUM-EU Joint Consultative Committee is an institutional mechanism established in CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). The CEPA is a comprehensive reciprocal trade agreement signed in 2008 between CARIFORUM Member States and the European Union (EU) and its Member States to liberalise trade and promote sustainable development among the Parties.

The main roles of the Consultative Committee are:

  1. Monitoring the implementation of all economic, social and environmental aspects of the CEPA between the EU, its Member States and the CARIFORUM States and
  2. Strengthening dialogue between representatives of civil society, including the academic community, and social and economic partner

The Economic Partnership Agreement Consultative Committee Members

Participation in the CARIFORUM-EU Consultative Committee is decided by the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council. The members of the Consultative Committee are intended to be civil society representatives from CARIFORUM and EU Member States, tasked with assisting the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council in promoting dialogue and cooperation, between representatives of organisations of civil society.
Decision No 1/2014 of the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council identified that the Consultative Committee shall be made up of 40 standing representatives-25 from CARIFORUM and 15 from the European Union –and determined that representatives should be selected from the identified sectors of:

CARIFORUM members of the Consultative Committee

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