Post 2020 Cotonou Agreement

Concord presents four new briefings on the EU-Africa pillar as part of the ongoing negotiations after Cotonou. Topics are migration and mobility, the mechanism of civil society, including sustainable economic development, human development and dignity. The two chief negotiators met in N`djamena, Chad, to take stock of the process. Although the two sides did not agree on all parts of the Joint Foundation, they decided to start discussions on regional pillars (EU-Africa, Caribbean, EU-Pacific). The agreement, which covers trade and political relations between the EU and ACP countries, was signed in 2000 and was due to expire in March. The European Commission has published a joint communication entitled “Towards a Renewed Partnership with african, Caribbean and Pacific Countries (ACP) after 2020”, which builds on CONCORD`s vision for the future EU-ACP partnership agreement: the document examines and discusses the Foundation`s “6 strategic priorities” in the future AGREEMENT ENTRE the EU and ACP countries. It follows the structure of the EU`s mandates, but makes clear recommendations on the basis of civil society`s opinion on the future Cotonou agreement. Research by Kaleidos Research for the Ready for Change consortium. This publication analyses the characteristics and opportunities of civil society in the post-Cotonou context. The ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly is an advisory body made up equally of representatives from the EU and ACP countries. The Assembly promotes democratic processes and facilitates a better understanding between the peoples of the EU and those of the ACP countries.

Issues related to development and the ACP-EU partnership, including economic partnership agreements, will also be discussed. The Cotonou Partnership Agreement is a comprehensive and legally binding framework that defines relations between the ACP countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) and the EU. It was signed in 2000 for a 20-year period between 79 ACP countries and 28 EU member states (27 years after Brexit). It is based on three complementary pillars: development cooperation, economic and trade cooperation and the political dimension. The main objective of the agreement is to reduce and eradicate poverty and promote the integration of ACP countries into the global economy. It is mainly funded by the European Development Fund (EDF), a financial instrument outside the general budget of the European Union which has made a significant contribution to the Pacific region, both nationally and regionally, with non-refundable subsidies. The Cotonou Partnership Agreement expires in February 2020 and formal negotiations on a new partnership agreement between governments began in October 2018.

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