The 27th meeting of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly takes place in Strasbourg this week 

Migration, terrorism and the fight against Aids are top of the agenda of the African-Caribbean-Pacific (ACP) and the EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Strasbourg from 17 to 19 March. The formal sitting of the 27th meeting was opened Monday morning by its co-presidents Louis Michel, a Belgian member of the ALDE group, and Fitz A. Jackson, from Jamaica, in the presence of Evangelos Meimarakis, the speaker of the Greek parliament .

The main discussion will be on the fight against AIDS in the presence of Michel Sidibé, the executive director of UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS. UNAIDS aims to enable global progress in achieving country set targets for universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention.

Other discussion subjects include terrorism and internet (highlighting the role of the internet and social media in the rise of global terrorism), the regional integration and modernisation of customs, the escalating conflict and humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic, as well as the human economic and social rights of migrants in Africa Caribbean Pacific and European Union.

The European Union has a partnership with the ACP countries due to historic ties between them and EU member states.