Harmonize the priorities of each other. The idea is to redefine the basics of a win-win partnership. Both parties hope to reach a strong and fair agreement.
Prime Minister Komi Selom Klassou chaired on Thursday the opening ceremony of the 43rd Joint Session of the ACP-EU Council of Ministers. 79 countries are represented as well as European officials including the Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica.
This meeting comes three months before the opening of negotiations to give effect to the Cotonou Agreement, which expires in 2020.
The idea is to redefine the basics of a win-win partnership.
Both sides hope to reach a strong and fair agreement.
‘The aim is to start here and together with a forward-looking vision on the new beginning of ACP-EU relations,’ said the head of the government.
If the Lomé meeting is not the starting point for the negotiations, it will allow the ACP countries and the European Union to specify the priorities: economic development, climate, migration, security …
Constituted from African, Caribbean and Pacific states, expectations and needs are not the same for everyone. Therefore, the ACP Group will have every interest in harmonizing its position before starting substantive discussions.
A group representing 12 countries at ministerial level (Guyana, Jamaica, Namibia, Samoa …) has been set up to start talks with the EU. It is headed by Togo.