Seventh ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
The seventh session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) will be held in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) from 16 to 19 February. The JPA brings together 77 Members of the European Parliament and parliamentarians from the 77 African, Caribbean and Pacific States which are signatories of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement. The ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly is the only international assembly where the representatives of different countries meet with the sole aim of promoting North-South co-operation. The plenary sessions are held twice a year, alternating between an EU Member State and an ACP country.
On Monday 16 February, the JPA will discuss the report of the Committee on Economic Development, Finance and Trade concerning economic partnership agreements. The EPP-ED Group spokesmen are John Corrie MEP and Konrad Schwaiger MEP.
Another point on the agenda is the problems encountered by ACP countries as regards the production and export of cotton and other basic products.
On Tuesday 17 February, the Assembly will discuss the need for a rapid response to natural disasters such as damage caused by cyclones in the Pacific. The afternoon is reserved for the debate on the report by Mr Klutse (Togo) and Philippe Morillon MEP concerning conflict prevention and resolution and the establishment of lasting peace.
Other points on the agenda are the report of the Committee on Social Affairs and the Environment concerning poverty diseases and reproductive health in ACP countries in the context of the ninth EDF (EPP-ED spokesperson Maria Martens MEP), regional integration in Africa in the context of the African Union and NEPAD (EPP-ED spokesperson and EP rapporteur Jean-Pierre Bebear MEP) and a report on the UN World Summit on the Information Society and reports by the European Economic and Social Committee on the monitoring and implementation of the Cotonou Agreement.
The work of the JPA goes far beyond matters of purely economic interest and deals with more fundamental development aims such as trade and the promotion of human rights, democratic principles and the rule of law. As a parliamentary and democratic institution, the JPA aims to promote dialogue with a view to guaranteeing the rights of peoples to determine for themselves their development objectives and the methods of achieving them. The JPA has actively contributed to the implementation and strengthening of successive ACP-EU Conventions. Thus the Cotonou Agreement contains numerous proposals initiated by the JPA, such as strengthening the commitment for the respect and defence of human rights, democratic principles and the rule of law, closer co-operation with non-government actors active in the development field and increasing the role of women in the development process.-ends-
For the full programme visit:
The text of the report on conflict prevention and resolution and the establishment of lasting peace and other meeting documents can be downloaded in 11 languages at: www.europarl.europa.eu/meetdocs/committees/acp/plen/20040216/20040216.htm
For more information, contact Eduard Slootweg, EPP-ED Press Office, Tel +32 475 721280