Association of Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union (OCTA)

Association des pays et territoires d'outre-mer de l'Union européenne

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URL: http://www.octassociation.org/

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Founded

1957

History

Established 1957, as an association under Part Four of Treaty Establishing the European Econonomci Community (Treaty of Rome). In Jun 2000, OCTs representatives in Brussels (Belgium) started meeting together in order to coordinate their views with respect to a common position to be taken on the draft for a new OCT decision, which was at the time being prepared by the E-XE2442 - European Commission (EC) for adoption by European Union Ministers meeting in the General Council. The first meeting took place, 16-17 Nov 2000, Brussels, where governments of the OCTs decided to re-establish the Association. Agreement reached on the Articles of the Association, 18 Sep 2002, at the second OCT Ministerial Conference in Bonaire. Re-established 5 Mar 2003, Brussels.

The OCTs are associated with the European Union through a regime based on the provisions of Part IV of the T-XT5765 - Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). Article 355 of the Treaty provides the possibility for the OCTs to become outermost regions, and inversely. Twelve OCTs are constitutionally linked to the UK, 6 to the French Republic, 6 to the Kingdom of Netherlands and 1 to the Kingdom of Denmark. Following an extensive consultation process, a new OAD governs EU-OCT relations as of 1 Jan 2014. Previously also referred to as: Association of Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTA); Other Countries and Territories (OCTs); Associated Countries and Territories (AOCT); Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT); Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union Association. Registered in accordance with Belgian law.

Aims

Serve as a platform through which Overseas Countries and Territories realize their common goals by working collectively through cooperation, policy dialogue, promotion of common positions and partnerships for sustainable development of OCTs.

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Structure

Ministerial Conference (General Assembly); Rotating Chairmanship; Executive Committee (Administrative Board); Permanent Secretariat. /Members/

Territory under the Danish Crown:

  • Greenland.

Overseas countries and territories of France:

  • French Polynesia;
  • French Southern and Antarctic Lands;
  • New Caledonia and dependencies;
  • Saint Barthelemy;
  • St Pierre-Miquelon;
  • Wallis and Futuna Islands.

Overseas countries of the Netherlands:

  • Aruba;
  • Bonaire;
  • Curaçao;
  • Saba;
  • Sint Eustatius;
  • Sint Maarten.

Overseas territories of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland:

  • Anguilla;
  • Bermuda;
  • British Virgin Islands;
  • Cayman Islands;
  • Falkland Islands;
  • Montserrat;
  • Pitcairn;
  • St Helena and dependencies;
  • Turks and Caicos Islands.

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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

UIA Org ID

XF3413

Last News

2019

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