SECOND REVISION OF THE COTONOU PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT (CPA)
REPUBLIC OF SEYCHELLES
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
SECOND REVISION OF THE COTONOU PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT
The countries of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group (ACP) and the European Union (EU) came to an agreement on the outcome of the 2nd revision of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA) during an extraordinary meeting of the Joint ACP-EU Ministerial Council, which took place on Friday 19th March 2010 in Brussels. Seychelles was represented at that meeting by Ms Vivianne FOCK TAVE, the Seychelles Ambassador in Brussels, who was accompanied by the Counsellor at the Seychelles Embassy, Mrs. Audrey DINE-ANGRAS.
The 2nd revision of the CPA was launched in May 2009 during the 34th Session of the ACP-EU Ministerial Council in Brussels. It is to be noted that the Cotonou Partnership Agreement, which was signed in June 2000 between the ACP Group and the EU, is a 20-year cooperation agreement and reviewable every 5 years. The purpose of the 5-year revisions is to adapt the cooperation framework to developments in the international arena and within the ACP-EU partnership. The CPA was revised for the first time in 2005.
Almost all issues which were included in the negotiations have been agreed upon by both sides. The Parties also declared their willingness to continue discussions on migration issues. As part of this revision, fisheries and aquaculture have been given more visibility in the CPA in view of their socio-economic importance to the Parties. The new stand-alone article on fisheries and aquaculture, which also provides for high level consultations between the two Parties, has the ultimate aim of developing, improving and strengthening development cooperation in fisheries and aquaculture.
The 2nd revised Cotonou Partnership Agreement is planned to be signed by the ACP countries and the EU at the 35th Session of the Joint ACP-EU Ministerial Council, which will be held in June 2010 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.