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Future ACP-EU partnership: MEPs agree on concrete objectives

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Thursday, 21 June 2018

Future ACP-EU partnership: MEPs agree on concrete objectives

MEPs and African, Caribbean and Pacific MPs agreed on the future of their partnership at the 35th Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels. During the 35th session of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) from 18 to 20 June in Brussels, Members of the European Parliament and their counterparts from 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries adopted several resolutions on Wednesday afternoon. Ahead of negotiations to renew the Cotonou Agreement, the EU-ACP partnership’s founding treaty, due to begin in August 2018, Members call for the parliamentary dimension to be strengthened in the future agreement. The European Union and the ACP Group have undergone considerable political and economic changes since the ratification of the Cotonou Agreement, say MEPs. They insist that the financing aspect of the new partnership should be addressed and negotiated as a matter of priority, including the possible integration of the European Development Fund into the EU budget. MEPs advocate for gender balance in JPA delegations, integration of delegates under 40, representation of opposition parties, non-state actors and civil society in the resolution adopted by show of hands. A clear strategy to tackle the illegal trade in plant protection products, seeds and other illegal inputs (PPPSIs) is fundamental, MEPs and their ACP counterparts say.

Source: European Parliament