23rd Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, Horsens:
- extracts from the sitting
- extracts from the statement by Andris PIEBALGS, Member of the EC in charge of Development
European Parliament , Horsens, Denmark
Lieu: AQUA FORUM, HORSENS, DENMARK
End production: 28/05/2012 First transmission: 28/05/2012
The 23rd session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly is being held in Horsens (Denmark) from 28 to 30 May 2012.
The representatives of the 78 ACP states who, under the Cotonou Agreement, must be members of Parliament, meet their 78 European Parliament counterparts in plenary session for one week twice a year. The Joint Parliamentary Assembly meets alternately in an ACP country and an EU country. The institution is governed by common, democratic rules.
Three Standing Committees have been created in 2003 to draw up substantive proposals which are then voted on by the Joint Parliamentary Assembly. These Committees are:
• Committee on Political Affairs
• Committee on Economic Development, Finance and Trade
• Committee on Social Affairs and the Environment
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior views in Horsens, Church, Art museum, landscape, the Aqua Forum (Venue of the 23 rd ACP EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly meeting), flags, ACP EU logo (10 shots)
||Atmosphere inside the Aqua Forum, EU ACP delegates (5 shots)
||Atmosphere inside the meeting room, EU ACP delegates, ( 8 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Andris PIEBALGS, European Commissioner for Development,"Sustainability and sound resource management are at the centre of our develompent considerations as never before."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Andris PIEBALGS, European Commissioner for Development," For the first time Cotonou now recognizes the global challenge, climate change as a major aspect of our partnership. As a result we are thriving to make development cooperation more climate compatible and support ACP efforts in mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Andris PIEBALGS, European Commissioner for Development," If we are to produce more from fewer resources, we need to use those resources more effectively as well as reducing losses and waste. We need to re-orient our economic activity so that it respects our global constrains and boundaries."
||cutaways , Andris Pielbags (4 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (French) by Veronique DE KEYSER, (S&D, BE), The situation in Mali and the new agreement yesterday between the MNLA forces and the AQMI, and the establishment of an Islamic state where there was a secular state before, for us it is a very serious situation. the fact that we reached that stage, and the fact that we could not prevent the contamination of the war from Lybia to Mali and the fact that countries such as Niger, Burkina Faso are now in danger is a serious problem."
||SOUNDBITE (French) by Veronique DE KEYSER, (S&D, BE), "the power of African women who tell us about , health, children, the situation of farmers, everything that make everyday's life are important messages and are issues that we have to face together. They are serious issues but they also can fuel a lot of hope because of that dynamism that characterizes Africa. for us in Europe who are suffering and complaining about the crisis the example of Africa is reassuring."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by David MARTIN (S&D, UK),"My intervention was about volatility in food prices which is a major issue for African countries. In the EU we spend about 7% of our household income in on food , most African countries spend over 50% of household income on food. So a change of price food here is an inconvenience for us , change in price food in Africa can be a disaster. And so we want to ensure that we manage food stqbility better particularly by tackling speculators so the main theme of my report is dealing with food speculation."