State Secretary Raščan stressed the importance of civil society at the EU-OACPS Consultations
State Secretary Stanislav Raščan attended the 29th consultations of the economic and social stakeholders of the EU and the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) via video conference.
State Secretary Raščan stressed that civil society has an important role to play in policy-making and good governance, both at the national and regional level in the partnership between the EU and the OACPS. “We are delighted that the Post-Cotonou Agreement establishes a stronger role and involvement of civil society in the establishment of a partnership dialogue between the EU and OACPS,” declared State Secretary Raščan.
The purpose of the consultations was to discuss the role of economic and social stakeholders in the context of the new Partnership Agreement between the EU and OACPS, the so-called Post-Cotonou Agreement. State Secretary Raščan pointed out that cooperation with the OACPS countries is high on the agenda of the priorities of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, as we pay great attention to the final stage of the process of concluding the Post-Cotonou Agreement.
The consultations were organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).