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Commitment to Renewed ACP-EU Partnership Welcomed

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Commitment to Renewed ACP-EU Partnership Welcomed

The co-presidents of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) have welcomed the commitment of the 79-nation African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the 28-nation European Union (EU) to negotiate a successor Agreement to the ACP-EU Cotonou Partnership Agreement. The 15th Regional Meeting of the JPA took place in Kenya's capital Nairobi from April 11-13, 2018. The Agreement, signed in Cotonou on June 23, 2000, was concluded for a 20-year period from 2000 to 2020. It is the most comprehensive partnership agreement between developing countries and the EU. In 2010, ACP-EU cooperation was adapted to new challenges such as climate change, food security, regional integration, State fragility and aid effectiveness. The ACP-EU commitment was expressed in the Declarations of the 7th and 8th Summits of ACP Heads of State and Government in 2012 and 2016, respectively, and in the European Union’s 2016 Joint Communication to the European Parliament and the Council: A renewed partnership with the countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. The co-presidents emphasise that the ACP-EU Cotonou Agreement has been a valuable and unique achievement that has strengthened bonds between ACP and EU peoples and countries and their parliaments throughout the last 40 years. The strengths and acquis of the Cotonou Agreement, they say, are based on several unique characteristics such as a legally binding document; an unparalleled numerical strength of 79 ACP and 28 EU member states; comprehensive coverage through the three pillars of development, political, and economic and trade cooperation; a joint institutional framework; and a large budget in the form of the European Development Fund (EDF).

Source: InDepthNews