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EU-Africa beyond Cotonou agreement

The Council of EU foreign ministers is expected to discuss the negotiating mandate for the future agreement between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. The current ACP-EU Partnership Agreement, also known as the Cotonou Agreement, will expire in February 2020.

Foreign ministers had an initial discussion during January’s Foreign Affairs Council. Development ministers had a discussion on 22 May 2018.

The Cotonou Agreement is the overarching framework for EU relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. It was adopted in 2000 to replace the 1975 Lomé Convention.

It is the most comprehensive partnership agreement between developing countries and the EU, covering the EU’s relations with 79 countries, including 48 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Cotonou Agreement aims to reduce and eventually eradicate poverty and contribute to the gradual integration of the ACP countries into the world economy. It is based on three pillars: development cooperation; economic and trade cooperation; political dimension.

The Cotonou agreement will expire in February 2020. Work has begun on the EU side to lay the groundwork for the future partnership with the ACP countries. The current agreement provides for the opening of negotiations by the end of August 2018 at the latest.nIn light of this, the Council is expected to adopt a decision in the first semester of 2018 on the authorisation to open negotiations and the negotiating directives.

EU discusses future of Cotonou Agreement

Brussels. The EU Foreign ministers  will discuss the future of the EU partnership with African, Caribbean and Pacific states. The current partnership agreement, known as the Cotonou Agreement, will expire in 2020.

The Cotonou Agreement is the overarching framework for EU relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. It was adopted in 2000 to replace the 1975 Lomé Convention.

It is the most comprehensive partnership agreement between developing countries and the EU, covering the EU’s relations with 79 countries, including 48 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Cotonou Agreement is a close partnership based on a series of fundamental principles.

  • The partners to the agreement are equal.
  • The ACP countries determine their own development policies.
  • Cooperation is not only among governments: parliaments, local authorities, civil society, the private sector, economic and social partners play a role as well.
  • Cooperation arrangements and priorities vary according to aspects such as countries’ levels of development.

The Cotonou Agreement aims to reduce and eventually eradicate poverty and contribute to the gradual integration of the ACP countries into the world economy. It is based on three pillars: development cooperation, economic and trade cooperation, political dimension.

 

EU-ACP for Sustainable Development

The annual meeting of EU and ACP ministers was held on 5 May 2017 under the co-chairmanship of Mr George Vella, minister of foreign affairs of Malta, president-in-office of the Council of the European Union, and Mr Abraham Tekeste, minister of finance and economic cooperation of the federal democratic republic of Ethiopia, president-in-office of the ACP Council of ministers.

 

 

 

EU and ACP ministers discussed the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and Climate Change. They exchanged on their respective preparation processes and possible areas of convergence ahead of the upcoming global milestone meetings later this year: the high-level political forum on sustainable development in New York in July, and the 2017 UN climate change conference (COP 23) in Bonn, in November.