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New Partnership Agreement with the African, Caribbean and Pacific partners
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New Partnership Agreement with the African, Caribbean and Pacific partners

 

Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Jiří Kozák represented Czechia at the 46th session of the ACP-EU Council of Ministers in Samoa where the new Partnership Agreement between the EU and its Member States and the Members of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) was signed on 15 November, 2023. This Agreement will succeed the Cotonou Agreement and will be known as the „Samoa Agreement“.

The new agreement reflects shared values and principles and covers issues ranging from sustainable development and growth, peace and security, human rights, environmental sustainability to climate change.

Czechia has played an important role in the final stage of negotiations regarding the signature of the Agreement within the Council of the EU during the Czech Presidency in the second half of 2022 and it co-chaired the EU-ACP Ministerial meeting and held numerous discussions on this Agreement.

During the current ACP-EU  ministerial, Deputy Minister Kozák took the opportunity to meet representatives from the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. Bilateral meetings with Head of Delegations from Samoa, Tonga, East Timor, Namibia, Vanuatu, Mozambique, Jamaica and the Comoros - at the present time in their capacity of the Chair of the African Union - focused on cooperation in a wide range of areas, from climate change, health, science to cyber security.

Deputy Minister Kozák confirmed Czechia’s commitment to strengthening cooperation with the ACP partners, as expressed – inter alia – in the Czech national strategies for engagement or cooperation with Africa and the Indo-Pacific, both adopted by the Czech Government in 2022. Czechia strives to reinforce its presence and visibility in the African, Caribbean and Pacific regions on a national level, as well as within the framework of EU´s Global Gateway or Team Europe Initiatives.

On the sidelines of this important event, the Deputy Minister Kozák attended meetings with Pacific Leaders, civil society and youth representatives as well.

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