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FEATURED VIDEO: Do the nuts and bolts of the ACP-EU Partnership need changing?

Brussels, 9 December 2015/ EP: ACP countries and the EU have a particular bond. In 2020, the ACP-EU partnership agreement, known as the Cotonou Agreement, will come to and end. But what will happen next? Is the EU still ACP countries' best friend? EPTV's Maha Ganem explores the issues with the Co-Presidents of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly MEP Louis Michel and MP Fitz Jackson of Jamaica, in the margins of the 30th JPA session.


Refugees and migration, post-election Burundi urgent topics for ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly

Brussels, 7 December 2015/ ACP: More than a hundred legislators from across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) convene this week in Brussels alongside Members of the European Parliament to discuss and pass political resolutions on major issues concerning the ACP regions.

EU, ACP Group of States sign Intra-ACP programme worth EUR 3.6 billion

Brussels, 26 November 2015/ EC/ ACP: African, Caribbean and Pacific countries will have access to €3.6 billion to address shared challenges in the areas of human and social development, environment and climate change, private sector development, and peace and security, with the signing of the Intra-ACP programming strategy under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) (the EU's financial instrument for ACP countries).

Mozambique to receive new EU support

Brussels, 26 November 2015/ EC/ ACP: European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Mr. Neven Mimica on behalf of the European Union, with Hon. Nyeleti Brooke Mondlane, Mozambique's Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, signed an agreement at the ACP headquarters in Brussels which will provide €734 million to Mozambique.

Ambassadors of Burundi, Mali welcomed by ACP diplomats

Brussels, 26 November 2015/ ACP: Newly appointed envoys from the Republics of Burundi and Mali were formally presented to the Committee of Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States recently, whereby they received pledges of support and solidarity in efforts towards promoting peace and security in their countries while also improving peoples’ lives.

Fiji PM takes tough stance on terrorism, climate change at high level ACP meeting

Brussels 24 November 2015/ ACP: The Prime Minister of the Pacific Island nation of Fiji, Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama, ardently condemned the recent terrorist attacks by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) in Europe, while also declaring a clear message to the international community on the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris.

Keynote address by the Prime Minister of Fiji, Hon. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, at the 102nd session of the ACP Council of Ministers, 24 November 2011, Brussels

The President of the 102nd ACP Council of Ministers,
Honourable Ministers,
The Secretary General of the ACP Group of States,
Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen.
Bula Vinaka and a very good morning to you all.
Madam President,
We gather here today – the nations of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific – in friendship and solidarity. And especially in solidarity with the people of France, who are mourning the 130 people who were killed in the terrorist attacks eleven days ago.

Statement by the President of the 102nd session of the ACP Council of Ministers, Hon. Dr. Mamphono Khaketla, Minister of Finance of Lesotho, 24 November 2015, Brussels

The Right Honourable Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji, Ratu Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama
Honourable Ministers,
Your Excellency, Secretary-General Gomes,
Your Excellencies, Ambassadors
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,
I bring you warm greetings from His Majesty King Letsie III, the Rt. Honourable Prime Minister Dr. Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili, and the Government and People of the Kingdom of Lesotho. I am indeed delighted to be here, and consider it an honour to preside over the affairs of the 102nd ACP Council session. 

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Africa Diaspora Network Europe meet with ACP Secretary General

Brussels, 13 November 2015/ ACP: Members of the Africa Diaspora Network Europe (ADNE), led by President Ms. Marie Chantal Uwitonze, accompanied by Mr. Henri D. N’zouzi, Ms. Manel Msalmi, and Ms. Erika Kaneza met on Wednesday with the Secretary General H.E. Patrick I. Gomes and the Chef de Cabinet Amb Mamour Alieu Jagne, to discuss possibilities of collaboration on projects of mutual interest.

Tribute to ACP civil society activist Mr. Roosevelt O. King

Brussels, 13 November 2015/ ACP: The ACP Secretariat joins the global network of ACP Civil Society Forum (ACP CSF) Platform members in mourning the passing  on 9 November of Mr. Roosevelt O. King, who was recognised as a stalwart and avid representative of the ACP CSF and a tireless advocate for a more participatory role for ACP civil society under the framework of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement. 

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