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Wednesday, 21 October 2020 - Brussels Provisional edition

Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 15 and 16 October 2020, in particular the negotiations of the future relations with the UK (debate)

  Heidi Hautala (Verts/ALE). – Mr President, I read with great interest the Council conclusions on Africa and the intention to strengthen our partnership with it. I would like to highlight a very particular kind of partnership that has now been initiated between the European Union, between the Commission and African cocoa-producing countries – Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana – because we really need to do something to eradicate child labour and deforestation from our supply chains. The brand new multi-stakeholder platform on cocoa is exactly what is going to do that, with broad cooperation between partner countries, the EU, civil society and local producers. The aim is to bring about sustainable livelihoods for poor people, poor growers in Africa, and avoid damage to our environment. I would encourage you to vote in favour of the Burkhardt report this week, which is exactly about this partnership to eradicate deforestation from supply chains.

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