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Monday, 31 October 2016

ACP-EU: The Cotonou deal must be reinforced and safeguarded

EU-ACP relations are at a turning point. In February 2020, the Cotonou agreement, concluded in 2000, will come to an end. What will be next for this unique partnership? According to the deal itself, official negotiations on a new agreement will start by the end of August 2018. However, the stakes are so high that informal talks have already begun, and in October 2015, the European Commission launched a public consultation to assess this cooperation. The Cotonou agreement states that the ACP-EU partnership is "centred on poverty reduction, coherence with sustainable development goals and the progressive integration of ACP countries into the world economy". Three pillars contribute to the realisation of this mission: political dialogue, trade relations and development cooperation. These pillars are supported by three institutions: the council of Ministers, the committee of ambassadors and the joint parliamentary assembly. The first exchanges on the post-Cotonou era have revealed a willingness to develop the partnership in a world that has changed a lot in 20 years, with new challenges such as climate change, and the growing influence of emerging countries.

Source: theparliamentmagazine.eu