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EP rezoliucijos

EU/Caribbean relations: partnership for growth, stability and development

The European Parliament adopted a resolution based on the own-initiative report drafted by Gabriele Zimmer (EUL/NGL, DE) on the EU-Caribbean partnership for growth, stability and development.

It applauded the involvement of the CARIFORUM Group in the discussions on the draft Commission Communication and welcomed the fact that the communication had taken account of most of the concerns raised by the States in the region.

However, it regarded Parliament's de facto marginalisation by means of a timetable which ruled out its involvement in the drafting of the cooperation strategy for the Caribbean as an exceptionally regrettable departure from the consensual approach employed by the three European institutions. Parliament deplored the Commission's failure to take proper account of the recommendations made in its evaluation report. [...]

Economic Partnership Agreement between Cariforum States and the European Community

The European Parliament adopted by 460 votes to 82, with 43 abstentions, a legislative resolution and gave its assent to the conclusion of the Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the CARIFORUM States, on the other part.

It should be noted that this legislative resolution is linked to a joint resolution on the conclusion of the stepping stone Economic Partnership Agreement EC-CARIFORUM (see RSP/2008/2671) which was adopted on the same day.

Economic Partnership Agreement between Cariforum States and the European Community

Following the debate which took place during the sitting of 23 March 2009, the European Parliament adopted by 568 votes to 94 with 15 abstentions a resolution on the Economic Partnership Agreement between the Cariforum States, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part. The resolution was tabled on behalf of the Committee on International Trade.

Parliament stresses that EPAs cannot be regarded as satisfactory unless they achieve the following objectives: offering the ACP countries support for sustainable development, promoting their participation in world trade, strengthening the regionalisation process, revitalising trade between the EU and ACP countries and promoting the economic diversification of ACP countries. The EPA must be supportive of the development objectives, policies and priorities of the Cariforum States, and should contribute to the achievement of the MDGs. [...]