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Fairer ACP-EU relations in the future

Norbert Neuser (S&D), member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Development, wrote a draft report about the ACP-EU relations beyond 2020. In his draft report Neuser pleas for a new agreement which considers a central role for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and more human and environmentally friendly Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs).

ACP-EU relations

The ACP-EU Partnership Agreement, also known as the Cotonou agreement, is the most comprehensive partnership agreement between developing countries and the EU. Since 2000, it has been the framework for EU's relations with 79 countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP); however this agreement will end in 2020.  

New cooperation framework: SDGs at the core

Norbert sees the ending of the Cotonou agreement as an opportunity for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They should become the core of a new cooperation framework promoting and safeguarding the principle of Policy Coherence for Development (PCD). 

Subsequently, he calls for the establishment of strong monitoring mechanisms to ensure that implementation of the new framework really contributes to achieving the SDGs. Furthermore, he believes that an ACP-EU peer review mechanism should scrutinize the implementation of the SDGs in the EU member states on a regular basis. This peer review mechanism should include ACP and EU representatives from governmental institutions, parliaments and civil society. 

Economic Partnership Agreements

Neuser sees the full integration of the EPAs into the new cooperation framework as essential to ensure continuity in human rights and environmental standards. Within his draft report, Neuser stresses the need for including legally binding human rights and environmental standards in all EPAs.

By proposing to place the SDGs at the core of a new ACP-EU agreement and to review yearly the implementation of the SDGs Neuser takes the initiative to make policies between the EU and ACP countries more coherent. Furthermore, Fair Politics welcomes the idea to make the EPAs more human and environmental friendly. Therefore, Norbert Neuser (S&D) receives two points for his draft report.

 This article was published on: 8 July 2016. Photo: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).