ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly

Assemblée parlementaire paritaire ACP-UE

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History

Established 8 Dec 1984, Lomé (Togo), on signature of Third ACP-EEC Convention (Lomé III), as ACP-EC Joint Assembly -- Assemblée paritaire ACP-CE, taking over the tasks of ACP-EEC Consultative Assembly -- Assemblée consultative ACP-CE, set up 31 Oct 1979, on signature of Second ACP-EEC Convention (Lomé II) by representatives of the European Community and the then 58 African, Caribbean and Pacific States - African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) - and of ACP-EEC Joint Committee -- Comité paritaire ACP-CEE, which comprised directly elected members of European Parliament (EP). Current treaty: Fourth ACP-EEC Convention (Lomé IV), signed 15 Dec 1989, amended 4 Nov 1995. ACP-EU Partnership Agreement (Cotonou agreement), signed 23 June 2000, Cotonou (Benin), and replacing the Lomé conventions, will come into force when ratified.

The Assembly has also been referred to as ACP-EC Joint Assembly -- Assemblée paritaire ACP-CE or, more fully, Joint Parliamentary Assembly of the Partnership Agreement between the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and the European Community and its Member States -- Assemblée parlementaire paritaire de l'accord de partenariat entre les membres du groupe des états d'Afrique, des Caraïbes et du Pacifique et la Communauté Européenne et ses états membres. The Assembly is currently also referred to as ACP-EU Joint Assembly -- Assemblée paritaire ACP-UE and as ACP-EC Joint Council.

Aims

Under the auspices of the current ACP/EC Convention: provide a forum for regular and structured dialogue between designated members of the European Parliament and representatives from each ACP state in order to strengthen multilateral cooperation in terms of trade and development policy; provide information and policy input in ACP/EC decision-making. Under Article 17 of the Cotonou (Benin) agreement, the role will be to: promote democratic processes by means of dialogue and consultation; increase understanding between peoples of the European Union and the ACP countries and raise public awareness of development problems; consider questions related to development and the ACP-EU partnership; adopt resolutions and send recommendations to the Council of Ministers so as to achieve objectives of the agreement.

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Activities

The Joint Assembly may adopt resolutions on matters concerning or covered by the Cotonou Convention and may submit conclusions and resolutions to the Council of Ministers, in particular after examining the Council's annual report. It has the power to authorize joint missions of inquiry where the need arises. Following Joint Assembly, Mar 1996, Windhoek (Namibia), set up a SACU Parliamentary Liaison Group. This Group: liaises with SACU parliamentarians; shares information and concerns over the proposed EU-South Africa Free Trade Area Agreement on the wider Southern Africa region; has held a series of discussions in Namibia and South Africa, including with 'European Parliament Monitoring Group on the EU-South Africa FTA Negotiations'.

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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 2 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 2 non-governmental organizations.
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Members

Members in 106 countries
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Subjects *

  • Government
    • Parliament

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

UIA Org ID

E9068

Last News Received

2018
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** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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