EU-ACP Joint Council of Ministers Begins June 6th

EU-ACP Joint Council of Ministers Begins June 6th

The EU-ACP Joint Council of Ministers is set to begin in Brussels today, June 6th, and will last until tomorrow. It takes place in the wake ACP Council of Ministers, which was held from the 4th to the 5th of June. Officials from the 79 ACP (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific) states will meet with ministers from the EU member countries to discuss  future cooperation in the region. Amongst the most pressing issues are the terms of Economic Partnership Agreements, migration, private sector development, ACP group post-2015 framework and the accession of Somalia to the Cotonou Accord.

According to one source, the joint Council of Ministers is expected to approve the allocation of €31.5 billion to EU development cooperation with the ACP region between 2014 – 2020.  High Representative Catherine Ashton and Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs will formally announce this tomorrow, after the joint council has concluded.

(Update 12.06: The Joint Statement by Ms Ashton und Mr Piebalgs can be read here.)

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Sebastian Andrei is NABATAEANS’ editor for EU - Middle East Trade and Political Relations. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Vienna, where he majored in journalism with minors in political science as well as business and economics. Sebastian is responsible for reporting on the European Union’s external trade relations. He also writes about economic development and investment opportunities in Europe as well as about policy changes which affect the EU common market.

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