Background – 30th ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly session

| June 1, 2016

At the opening of the 30th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), migration and terrorism dominated the debate, given the attacks in Paris in November 2015 and the migration and refugees crisis that had engulfed Europe since spring 2015.

The Assembly voted three resolutions on Wednesday 9 December:

Two urgent topics were debated and wrapped up by resolutions:

On Monday 7 December the Assembly held a debate in the presence of Yves Leterme, Secretary General of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, on the "State of democracy in Europe and in the ACP countries".

On Tuesday 8 December, MEPs also held a debate with Commissioner Neven Mimica and the ACP and EU Councils, represented by Mamphono Khaketla, Finance Minister of Lesotho, and Romain Schneider, Minister for Cooperation and Humanitarian Action.

On Wednesday 9 December, electrification was Africa the focus of a debate between MEPs and Jean-Louis Borloo, President of the "Energy for Africa" Foundation while the Paris Conference on Climate Change (COP21) was also widely discussed later. MEPs and their counterparts from national parliaments of the ACP countries also debated universal health coverage with Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, also on Wednesday.

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