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Friday, 02 September 2016

MEPs back continued cooperation with African, Caribbean, Pacific states

The European Parliament’s development committee has approved a new report about the future of EU relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states in view of the soon-to-expire Cotonou Agreement. Set to expire in 2020, renegotiations will soon be underway. According to the European Parliament rapporteur and author of the report, Norbert Neuser, who is also the development coordinator for the Socialists & Democrats, a broad majority of the MEPs in the committee backed continued cooperation. “Despite all the difficulties faced, this approach is bearing fruit today and shell be legally binding,” he said. “We retained the advantage of having a large number of countries working together – China or the US would jump at the chance of having this sort of platform with ACP countries! On the other hand, in order to be more effective, we suggested an architecture that ensures tailor-made co-operation between smaller groups of countries. The human rights perspective will also be given more visibility and enforcement through a biennial reporting mechanism.” Another goal is to help partner countries to become economically independent.

Source: neweurope.eu