Samstag, 07.12.2019 08:02 Uhr

38th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly

Verantwortlicher Autor: Carlo Marino Rome/Kigali, 22.11.2019, 09:13 Uhr
Presse-Ressort von: Dr. Carlo Marino Bericht 2648x gelesen

Rome/Kigali [ENA] The 38th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly took place from 17 to 21 November in Kigali (Rwanda). During the session of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), Members of the European Parliament and their counterparts from 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries debated and adopted several resolutions. Meetings of the three standing committees and the Bureau on 18 November 2019 paved the way

to the Joint Parliamentary Assembly. The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) is an organization established by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975. It is composed of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific states, with all of them, save Cuba, signatories to the Cotonou Agreement, also known as the "ACP-EC Partnership Agreement" which links them to the European Union. There are 48 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific. Among the ACP Group´s main purposes, there is the sustainable development of its Member-States and their gradual integration into the global economy, which entails making poverty reduction a matter of priority and establishing a new, fairer, and more equitable world order.

The coordination of the activities of the ACP Group in the framework of the implementation of ACP-EC Partnership Agreements constitutes another crucial goal of the ACP Group. Additionally, decisive is the consolidation of unity and solidarity among ACP States, as well as understanding among their peoples and the establishment and consolidation of peace and stability in a free and democratic society. Carlos Zorrinho (S&D, PT) Co-President of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly declared: “We are all convinced that the only way to manage migration within a legal framework is to ensure job creation, growth, peace and stability. We must also invest in education and in small businesses”.

On the COP25, the UN Climate Change Conference to be held in Madrid in December, the JPA supports the new Commission’s proposal to launch a “Green New Deal”. It also supports the European Parliament’s proposal to increase the share of EU external action funding dedicated to climate action. The ACP-EU Assembly stressed the need to create jobs, particularly for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. In sub-Saharan Africa, an estimated 18 million additional jobs are needed each year. Support measures, including from the EU, could be useful. Fair conditions in trade agreements and aid for trade also play a crucial role.

Future partnership has to adapt to new economic, political, technological, environmental and social realities. Post-Cotonou has to move with the times because of the enormous changing since Cotonou was adopted. The future agreement has to set the scene for a new paradigm of development, which is inclusive and sustainable, with the Sustainable Development Goals framework at its core. But primarily, the reality is that each region has its own particular dynamics. In fact, different regions, with different contexts, have different needs. The Cotonou agreement expires in February 2020. It is therefore vital that the ACP-EU JPA strengthens its institutional role to uphold the parliamentary dimension of the future ACP-EU agreement.

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