32nd ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly session

The 32nd plenary session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) took place in Kenyan capital Nairobi, from December 19 to 21 2016. The session was formally opened by its Co-Presidents Louis Michel for the European Parliament and NettyBaldeh (Gambia) for the ACP in presence of Justin Muturi, Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya.

The ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) brings together MEPs and MPs from 78 European Union (EU) and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states that have signed the Cotonou Agreement, which is the basis for ACP-EU cooperation and development work.

The formal opening session of the 32nd session of the JPA, took place in the presence of Justin Muturi, Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya. MEPs also held debates with Commissioner Neven Mimica, and with representatives of ACP and EU Councils on Wednesday, 21 December.

The keynote debate at the 32nd plenary session of the ACP-EU JPA, entitled ” Demographic growth: challenges and opportunities” focused on issues related to uncontrolled population growth, on the consequences of strong demographic pressure in various regions of the world but also the impact of population aging in Europe.

Small-scale agriculture production in ACP countries, constitutional limits on presidential terms, and the impact of illicit financial flows on development finance were addressed in reports adopted by the plenary session. Members also votedon two urgencies: the post-electoral situation in Gabon and the impact of hurricane Matthew in Haiti.

The Assembly also voted on 3 resolutions:

  • Constitutional limits on presidential terms,
  • Challenges for family farming and small-scale agriculture production in ACP countries; and
  • The impact of illicit financial flows on development finance.

MEPs and their counterparts from national parliaments of the ACP countries will also discuss the role of trade in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Another current topic, “How to support the resettlement of migrants in their home country” was among topics debated.

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