Mr. Louis Michel, former European Union (EU) Development Commissioner and Belgian Foreign Affairs Minister, will arrive in Accra on 27 March 2017 for an official visit to Ghana.
He is part of a pool of three high level personalities made up of former members of the European Commission designated by the EU to support the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, Neven Mimica, by carrying out targeted outreach activities with key EU partners in view of the preparation for the future of EU-ACP relationship.
Mr. Michel, who is on a West African Regional tour, will arrive from Abidjan on 27 March 2017, departs Accra on 28 March and also visit Dakar and Lomé.
While in the country, Mr. Michel will meet with key Government officials and stakeholders to discuss the renewal of the Cotonou Agreement, both on the substance and the structure of the approach for bolstering it and to lay the ground for smooth and fruitful exchanges between the European Union and the ACP counterparts.
Mr. Louis Michel, born in September 1947 is a member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, a member of the European Parliament and the Belgium Mouvement Réformateur.
After a fruitful professional career as a teacher between 1968 and 1979, Mr. Louis Michel began his political life in 1999 and held various positions in political parties and national trade unions, local government bodies, regional assembly, the national parliament and in the national government in Belgium serving as Vice Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Minister for Institutional Reform. He has also been a member of the Benelux Inter Parliamentary Consultative Council and Member of the Convention on the Future of Europe between 1995 and 2004.
His career in the EU institutions began in 2004 as a member of the European Commission responsible for Science and Research Policy and in 2009, member of the European Commission with responsible for Development and Humanitarian Aid. In 2013 Mr Mitchel was Special envoy of the International Organization of French-Speaking Countries to monitor the situation in the Central African Republic.