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Wednesday, 23 February 2011

EU finalises South African trade and development deal

The European Parliament’s decision to support the European Union’s agreement with South Africa agreement is one which will have far-reaching positive consequences, according to Gay Mitchell MEP. “We agreed to support South Africa in economic and social terms. Notably, there will be an emphasis on ensuring development aid is used effectively.” The Dublin MEP is the Joint Coordinator for the EPP Group on the African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and Joint Coordinator for the Development Committee. “It also aims to combat terrorism, money laundering and organised crime, the trade of weapons and mercenary activities. There will be a greater pursuit of justice in South Africa as a result of this deal and cooperation on migration. South Africa is also to have its health and education sectors bolstered with the help of the EU in a bid to develop a more sustainable economy.” The agreement also paves the way for more political dialogue in bilateral and regional talks. “The overall objective is to reduce poverty and inequality in South Africa, any progress in that regard is to be welcomed,” Mr Mitchell concluded.

Source: Gay Mitchell, MEP

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