It's time to renew EU relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries

It's time to renew EU relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, Norbert Neuser, Cotonou Agreement,

The European Parliament was in the vanguard on this important file and paved the way for other EU institutions to follow. Today the report on the future of relations between African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and the EU beyond 2020 was adopted by the Parliament with a large majority. This report is the Parliament’s contribution to the follow-up of the international Cotonou Agreement that was launched in 2000 and is due to expire in 2020.

European Parliament rapporteur and S&D co-ordinator for the Parliament's development committee Norbert Neuser MEP underlined:

“Ever more urgent issues, such as poverty eradication, climate change, migration and combatting terrorism, need a common platform, bringing together the EU with the countries concerned. I am glad the Cotonou Agreement has allowed us to strengthen relations with our partner countries and develop a framework that enables us to discuss shared solutions.

“The world has changed considerably during the last 20 years and the follow-up to the international agreement with our partner countries is a good opportunity to adapt the way we co-operate to fit today’s situation. The donor mentality is over! We want a political partnership between equals and aid to be used to support partner countries in their work to build an economically prosperous and agreeable environment so they no longer need external help.”