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30th ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly session

External relations01-06-2016 - 15:45
 

The 30th plenary session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly took place in Brussels from 7 to 9 December 2015. The session was opened formally by its Co-Presidents Louis Michel for the European Parliament and Fitz A. Jackson (Jamaica) for the ACP.


The plenary session was preceded and prepared by meetings of the three standing committees on 4 December. These were the Committee on Economic Development, Finance and Trade, the Committee on Political Affairs and the Committee on Social Affairs and the Environment. The meeting of the Bureau was held on 7 December.

REF. : 20160601BKG29925
Updated: ( 07-06-2016 - 10:48)
 
 

What have been discussed in Brussels?

At the opening of the 30th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), migration and terrorism dominated the debate, given the attacks in Paris in November 2015 and the migration and refugees crisis that had engulfed Europe since spring 2015.


The Assembly voted three resolutions on Wednesday 9 December:



Two urgent topics were debated and wrapped up by resolutions:



On Monday 7 December the Assembly held a debate in the presence of Yves Leterme, Secretary General of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, on the "State of democracy in Europe and in the ACP countries".


On Tuesday 8 December, MEPs also held a debate with Commissioner Neven Mimica and the ACP and EU Councils, represented by Mamphono Khaketla, Finance Minister of Lesotho, and Romain Schneider, Minister for Cooperation and Humanitarian Action.


On Wednesday 9 December, electrification was Africa the focus of a debate between MEPs and Jean-Louis Borloo, President of the "Energy for Africa" Foundation while the Paris Conference on Climate Change (COP21) was also widely discussed later. MEPs and their counterparts from national parliaments of the ACP countries also debated universal health coverage with Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, also on Wednesday.

 
 

Programme

The whole programme of the event is available on the website of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.


Further information

 
 

Why is there any need for an ACP JPA meeting? What tangible results can be achieved?

The EU has a special partnership with the ACP countries, due to historic ties between them and many EU member states. This partnership is laid down in the Cotonou agreement signed in June 2000. It is vital that this partnership should have a parliamentary dimension, allowing for the scrutiny of the governmental and executive dimension.


See also:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/intcoop/acp/20_01/default_en.htm


Further information

Why a joint parliamentary assembly?

 
 

What tangible results were achieved during previous meetings?

The ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly has no decision-making powers as such; its importance is due to the fact that it is the only forum where ACP parliamentary representatives can voice their needs and worries to the EU and vice versa. It also allows elected representatives of ACP countries to address their concerns directly to the EU Commission and inform themselves on the state of negotiations on trade agreements with their countries. The resolutions adopted by the ACP-EU JPA have fed into current ACP-EU agreements and will continue to do so.

 

Some examples:

  • upgrading of the role of women in the development process,
  • integration of environment policy in development projects,
  • promotion of trade as a tool for development, particularly through the Economic Partnership Agreements provided for in the Cotonou Agreement,
  • rural development programmes and micro-projects tailored to the needs of specific communities,
  • improvement of measures to combat epidemics and reinforce health and hygiene services,
  • creation of decentralized development policies,
  • annual meetings between economic and social partners,
  • promotion of regional, political and commercial cooperation,
  • closer cooperation with non-governmental organisations engaged in development,
  • aid for indebted countries pursuing structural adjustment policies to allow them to maintain essential services,
  • measures to enhance the cultural dimension in North-South cooperation,
  • acceleration of aid procedures and increase in funds for refugees and for displaced persons, and
  • measures to reinforce the commitment to respect and defend human rights and human dignity.
 
 

Venues

The JPA meets twice a year, once in the EU and once in an ACP country, determined by the group of ACP countries.


Previous JPAs:


  • Wiesbaden, Germany, 23-28 June 2007,
  • Rwanda 17-22 November 2007,
  • Ljubljana, Slovenia, 17-20 March 2008,
  • Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 29 November / 1 December 2008,
  • Prague, Czech Republic, 4-9 April 2009,
  • Luanda, Angola, 30 November - 3 December 2009,
  • Tenerife, Spain, 29 March - 1April 2010,
  • Kinshasa, RD Congo, 2-4 December 2010,
  • Budapest, Hungary, 16-18 May 2011,
  • Lomé, Togo, 21-23 November 2011,
  • Horsens, Denmark, 28-30 May 2012,
  • Paramaribo, Suriname, 27-29 November 2012,
  • Brussels, Belgium, 17-19 June 2013,
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 25-27 November 2013, and
  • Strasbourg, France, 17 - 19 March 2014;
  • Strasbourg, France, 1 - 3 December 2014;
  • Suva, Fidji, 15-17 June 2015.
 
 

Why did this Joint Parliamentary Assembly take place in Brussels, instead of an ACP country, as initially planned?

The 30th Session of the ACP-EU JPA (7 to 9 December 2015) was held in Brussels at the request of the ACP Members, on the understanding that the two sessions in 2016 would be held in ACP states.

 
 

When and where will the next Joint Parliamentary Assembly be held?

The 31st ACP-EU JPA will be hosted from 13 to 15 June 2016 in Windhoek, Namibia (Southern Africa). The ACP-EU JPA’s two 2016 sessions should in principle take place in ACP countries.

 
 

Who chairs the ACP-EU JPA?

Two Co-Presidents, one from the EU (currently Louis Michel, ALDE, BE) and one from an ACP country (currently Mr Netty Baldeh from Gambia).

 
 

How is the ACP-EU JPA organised?

78 MEPs (Members of European Parliament) and 78 MPs from the ACP countries.


Two Co-Presidents, one from the EU (currently Louis Michel, ALDE, BE) and one from an ACP country (currently Mr Fitz A. Jackson from Jamaica).


24 Vice-Presidents (12 MEPs and 12 MPs from ACP countries). They constitute the Bureau (the presidium) together with the two Co-Presidents.


There are meetings of the three standing committees (Political affairs; Economic development, Finance and Trade; Social Affairs and Environment) and a plenary session.

 
 

What is the composition of the EP delegation?

78 members


52 MEPs were present at the meeting in Brussels:


Name of the MEPs

First names of MEPs

Political group

Languages

DELI

Andor

EPP

EN

ESTARÀS FERRAGUT

Rosa

EPP

ES

GABRIEL

Mariya

EPP

BG/FR

GÁL

Kinga

EPP

HU/EN

GAHLER

Michael

EPP

DE

HETMAN

Krzysztof

EPP

PL

JIMENEZ-BECERRIL

Teresa

EPP

ES/FR/EN

POGLIESE

Salvatore Domenico

EPP

IT

PONGA

Maurice

EPP

FR

STIER

Davor Ivo

EPP

EN

STOLOJAN

Theodor

EPP

RO/EN

THEOCHAROUS

Eleni

EPP

MT/EN

VAIDERE

Inese

EPP

LV

WENTA

Bogdan Bruno

EPP

PL/DE/ES

WIELAND

Rainer

EPP

DE

ZABORSKA

Anna

EPP

SK/FR

ZELLER

Joahim

EPP

DE

ZWIEFKA

Tadeusz

EPP

PL

ARENA

Marie

S&D

BE

CHRISTENSEN

Ole

S&D

DK

COZZOLINO

Andrea

S&D

IT

DANCE

Seb

S&D

UK

GILL

Neena

S&D

EN

GIUFFRIDA

Michela

S&D

IT

GUERRERO SALOM

Enrique

S&D

ES

KYENGE

Cécile Kashetu

S&D

IT

LEINEN

Jo

S&D

DE

LOPEZ AGUILAR

Juan Fernando

S&D

ES

MIZZI

Marlene

S&D

EN

NEUSER

Norbert

S&D

DE

NOICHL

Maria

S&D

DE

WARD

Julie

S&D

UK

ZORRINHO

Carlos

S&D

PT

CZESAK

Eward

ECR

PL

GERICK

Arne

ECR

DE

WIŚNIEWSKA

Jadwiga

ECR

PL

BEARDER

Catherine

ALDE

EN

GOERENS

Charles

ALDE

FR

GRIESBECK

Nathalie

ALDE

FR

DE SARNEZ

Marielle

ALDE

FR

FERREIRA

João

GUE/NGL

PT

SENRA RODRÍGUEZ

Maria Lidia

GUE/NGL

ES

SYLIKIOTIS

Neoklis

GUE/NGL

CY

HEUBUCH

Maria

Greens/EFA

DE

RIVASI

Michèle

Greens/EFA

FR

VALERO

Bodil

Greens/EFA

SE/ES

ADINOLFI

Isabella

EFDD

IT

AGEA

Laura

EFDD

IT

CORRAO

Ignazio

EFDD

IT

SCHAFFHAUSER

Jean-Luc

ENF

FR

CHAUPRADE

Aymeric

NI

FR


 
 

Which ACP countries are represented?

78 countries:


Angola - Antigua and Barbuda - Bahamas - Barbados - Belize - Benin - Botswana - Burkina Faso - Burundi - Cape Verde - Cameroon - Central African Republic - Chad - Comoros - Congo - Cook Islands - Côte d´Ivoire - Cuba - Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - Djibouti - Dominica - Dominican Republic - Eritrea - Ethiopia - Fiji - Gabon - The Gambia - Ghana - Grenada - Republic of Guinea - Equatorial Guinea - Guinea-Bissau - Guyana - Haiti - Jamaica - Kenya - Kiribati - Lesotho - Liberia - Madagascar - Malawi - Mali - Marshall Islands - Mauritania - Mauritius - Micronesia - Mozambique - Namibia - Nauru - Niger - Nigeria - Niue - Palau - Papua New Guinea - Rwanda - St Kitts and Nevis - St Lucia - St Vincent and the Grenadines - Samoa - Sao Tome and Principe - Senegal - Seychelles - Sierra Leone - Solomon Islands - Somalia - South Africa - Sudan - Suriname - Swaziland - Tanzania - Togo - Tonga - Trinidad and Tobago - Tuvalu - Uganda - Vanuatu - Zambia - Zimbabwe

 

Note: Cuba is also an ACP country, but as it did not sign the Cotonou agreement, it is not represented in the JPA.

 
 
   
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