Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly : Inter-parliamentary meetings

35th ACP-EU JPA, 18-20 June 2018, Brussels 

The 35th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), held in Brussels on 18-20 June 2018, was opened by:

  • Louis Michel, Co-President of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly
  • Joseph Owona Kono, Co-President of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly
  • Yuri Sterk, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria.

Among those adressing the Assembly were:

  • Neven Mimica, Member of the Commission with responsibility for international cooperation and development
  • Carl. B. Greenidge, Minister of Foreign Affairs (Guyana), President-in-Office of the ACP Council
  • Ekaterina Zaharieva, Deputy Prime Minister for Judicial Reform and Minister of Foreign Affairs (Bulgaria), President-in-Office of the EU Council
  • Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
  • Christos Stylianides, Member of the Commission with responsibility for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management
  • Benoit Kalasa, Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
  • Eugenio Ambrosi, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Regional Director for European Economic Area (EEA), the European Union and the NATO.

Texts were adopted on the following topics:

  • ACP-EU relations post-Cotonou: a strong parliamentary dimension
  • The impact of the illegal trade in phytosanitary products, seeds and other agricultural inputs on ACP Countries' economies
  • Social and environmental consequences of urbanisation, particularly the sound management of industrial and domestic waste in ACP countries
  • Urgency of new measures to fight international terrorism
  • The humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.

    All texts and speeches are available on the website of the JPA.

34th ACP-EU JPA, 18-20 December 2017, Port-au-Prince (Haiti) 

The 34th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), held in Port-au-Prince on 18-20 December 2017, was opened by:

  • Youri Latortue, President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Haiti
  • Michèle Rivasi, Acting Co-President of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly
  • Ibrahim Rassin Bundu, Co-President of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly
  • Jovenel Moïse, President of the Republic of Haiti.

Among those adressing the Assembly were:

  • Neven Mimica, Member of the Commission with responsibility for international cooperation and development
  • Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Jamaica), President-in-Office of the ACP Council
  • Sven Mikser, Foreign Minister (Estonia), President-in-Office of the EU Council
  • Isabelle Durant, Deputy Secretary General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Texts were adopted on the following topics:

  • Challenges in the field of the security-development nexus in ACP and EU policies
  • The blue economy: opportunities and challenges for ACP States
  • Improving the access to basic health systems, notably to medicines in the fight against infectious diseases
  • Enhancing resilience to climate change and natural disasters in ACP states
  • The situation in Mauritania.

All texts, speeches and press releases are available on the website of the JPA.

33rd ACP-EU JPA, 19-21 June, 2017, St Julian's (Malta) 

The 33rd session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), held in St Julian's on 19-21 June 2017, was opened by:

  • Angelo Farrugia, Speaker of the House of Representatives of Malta
  • Mémounatou Ibrahima, acting Co-President of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly
  • Louis Michel, Co-President of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly
  • Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of the Republic of Malta.

Among those adressing the Assembly were:

  • Neven Mimica, Member of the Commission with responsibility for international cooperation and development
  • Carmelo Abela, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion (Malta), President-in-Office of the EU Council
  • Abraham Tekeste, Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation (Ethiopia), President-in-Office of the ACP Council
  • Vincent Cochetel, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Special Envoy for the Central Mediterranean Situation
  • Christos Stylianides, Member of the Commission with responsibility for humanitarian aid and crisis management
  • Sidiki Kaba, President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

Texts were adopted on the following topics:

  • The financing of political parties in ACP and EU countries
  • Improving aid and development effectiveness in EU-ACP cooperation
  • The role of sport as enabler for education and poverty eradication
  • The security situation in the Sahelo-Saharan region
  • Declaration on climate change.

All texts, speeches and press releases are available on the website of the JPA.


32nd ACP-EU JPA, 19-21 December 2016, Nairobi (Kenya) 

The 32nd session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), held in Nairobi on 19-21 December 2016, was opened by:
  • Justin Bedan Njoka Muturi, Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya
  • Netty Baldeh, Co-President of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly
  • Louis Michel, Co-President of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly
  • Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, President of Kenya.
Among those adressing the Assembly were:
  • Neven Mimica, Member of the Commission with responsibility for international cooperation and development
  • Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary at the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs (Slovakia), President-in-Office of the EU Council.
Texts were adopted on the following topics:
  • The impact of illicit financial flows on development finance
  • Challenges for family farming and small-scale agriculture production in ACP countries
  • The impact of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti
  • The parliamentary dimension of the Post-Cotonou ACP-EU relations.

All texts, speeches and press releases are available on the website of the JPA.

31st ACP-EU JPA, 13-15 June 2016, Windhoek (Namibia) 

The 31st session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), held in Windhoek on 13-15 June 2016, was opened by:
    • Netty Baldeh, Co-President of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly
    • Michèle Rivasi, acting Co-President of the Joint Parliamentary Assemblyil.
    Resolutions were adopted on:
    • Improving participatory governance through decentralisation and strengthening local governance,
    • A continental free trade area for Africa - prospects for fostering intra-African trade and potential benefits for the ACP,
    • Migration between ACP and EU Member States: causes, consequences and strategies for common management,
    • The pre-electoral and security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,
    • Rape and violence against women and children in armed conflicts.
    All resolutions, speeches and press releases are available on the website of the JPA.

    30th ACP-EU JPA, 7-9 December 2015, Brussels 

    The 30th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), held in Brussels on 7-9 December 2015, was opened by:
    • Louis Michel, Co-President of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly
    • Fitz Jackson, Co-President of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly
    • Mars di Bartolomeo, President of the Chamber of Deputies (Luxembourg).
    The Co-Presidents gave statements on:
    • UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris (COP 21)
    • The future of the ACP-EU relations
    • Recent terrorist attacks
    • Banana Accompanying Measures (BAMs)
    • The natural fresh-water disaster in The Commonwealth of Dominica: the impact of climate change on Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
    The following resolutions were adopted:
    • On the evaluation of the African Peace Facility after ten years: effectiveness and prospects for the future,
    • On forty years of partnership: evaluation of the impact on trade and development in the ACP countries and prospects for enduring relations between the ACP countries and the European Union,
    • On how to improve economic and social conditions in developing countries, including the contribution of family businesses, in order to prevent health disasters,
    • Migration, human rights and humanitarian refugees,
    • The post-election situation in Burundi.
    All resolutions, speeches and press releases are available on the website of the JPA.

    29th ACP-EU JPA, 15-17 June 2015, Suva (Fiji) 

    The 29th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), held in Suva on 15-17 June 2015, was opened by:
    • Jiko Luveni, Speaker of Parliament of the Republic of Fiji
    • Fitz A. Jackson, Co-President of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly
    • Louis Michel, Co-President of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly
    • Josaia V. Bainimarama, Prime Minister of the Republic of FijiN'Djamena, Chad.
    The Co-Presidents gave statements on:
    • The situation in Burundi
    • The suicide attacks on civilians in N'Djamena, Chad.
    The following resolutions were adopted:
    • Cultural diversity and human rights in ACP and EU countries
    • The financing of investment and trade, including infrastructure, in ACP countries by the EU blending mechanism
    • The challenges and opportunities of education and vocational training in ACP countries
    • The natural disaster in Vanuatu (and neighbouring states): the way forward, including regional cooperation
    • The situation in the Central African Republic.
    All resolutions, speeches and press releases are available on the website of the JPA.

    28th ACP-EU JPA, 1-3 December 2014, Strasbourg 

    The 28th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), held in Strasbourg on 1-3 December 2014, included speeches and presentations by:
    • Emmanuel de Merode, Director of the Virunga National Park
    • Emmanuel de Merode, Director of the Virunga National Park
    • Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria
    • Claude Moniquet, Director of the European Strategic Intelligence and Security Center (ESISC).
    The following resolutions were adopted:
    • The challenge of national reconciliation in post-conflict and post-crisis countries
    • The private sector development strategy, including innovation, for sustainable development
    • The social and economic consequences of malnutrition in ACP countries
    • The Ebola outbreak
    • The expansion of terrorism in Africa.
    All resolutions, speeches and press releases are available on the website of the JPA.