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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

ACP-EU Assembly: Call for rapid conclusion of EPA negotiations

Setting up an Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) monitoring mechanism to asses the progress and the obstacles in the negotiation and implementation of the agreements – this was one of the recommendations made by the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), which met last week, between 17-19 June, in Brussels. Moreover, more flexibility from the part of the European Commission was requested.
The joint body – which met for the 25th time – also called on the EU and ACP States to jointly develop a strategy to increase ACP agricultural competitiveness, that goes beyond market access, addressing rural development issues, supply-side constraints and access to micro-financing with a view to protecting the livelihoods of small farm-holders and to ensuring food security;

The Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) brings together the MEPs and the MPs of the 79 ACP countries twice a year – once in Brussels, and once in an ACP city.

Besides the joint decision on the "Next steps of the Economic Partnership Agreements", the 25th JPA adopted resolutions on other four topics, namely: “The threats posed again by military coups to democracy and political stability in the ACP countries, and the role of the international community”, the “Human resources for health in ACP countries”, “the situation in the Republic of Guinea”, and  “the situation in the Central African Republic”. On these matters, it was said that the Republic of Guinea and the Central African Republic must end the violence and promote conciliation. The Republic of Guinea was urged to respect the election timetable and ensure free and transparent elections.

Source: ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) resolutions