23rd session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly:
- extracts from the meeting
European Parliament , Horsens, Denmark //
Lieu: AQUA FORUM, HORSENS, DENMARK
End production: 29/05/2012 First transmission: 29/05/2012
Second working day for the 23rd Session of the ACP-EU (Africa Caribbean Pacific - European Union) Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Denmark. This afternoon the meetings focused on the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), the challenges of regional integration and cooperation and the political impact of the Libyan conflict on neighbouring ACP and EU States.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior views of the AQUA FORUM, (venue of the 23rd ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly) (2 shots)
||Atmosphere shots inside the FORUM, ACP delegates, NGOs, documents (5 shots)
||Louis Michel(ALDE, BE) ,Co-President of the ACP EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (2 shots)
||General views of the Plenary session of the 23rd ACP EU JPA (3 shots)
||Debate on the Economic Partnership Agreements-Current state of play
SOUNDBITE (English) by Karel DE GUCHT, Member of the Commisssion with responsibility for International Trade,'By definition a temporary measure can not continue for ever. And as I have said earlier without legal certainty the economic operators tend to foresake business opportunities. On top of this maintaining free market access for all is also fundamentally unfair. It is not right to give the same treatment to countries that don't imlement EPAsand thoses who go through deep if ultimately beneficial reforms. Situation does not help Governements that implement necessary reforms."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Karel DE GUCHT, Member of the Commisssion with responsibility for International Trade,"Nonbody will force ACP countries into agreements which they decide they do not want. Those who do not want to participate in a multilateral trade facilitation agreement will not be coherced either but they will be missing a major opportunity. The world economy is changing fast. Those who profit from it will be those who adapt. Trade is a fantastic tool to help that process and we all have a date with history here. We should be sure not to miss it."
||Cutaways (2 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (French) Assarid Ag IMBARCAOUANE, National Parliament, Mali,"When AL QAIDA wants to occupy the whole Sahara, from Mauritania to Aïr, it will be extremely difficult to set up a cooperation between the North and South because you know very well the specialty of these people, it is the capture of hostages, the drug trafficking,the arms smuggling, it is the denial of individual freedoms, that just means that this region will become hell."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Assarid Ag IMBARCAOUANE, National Parliament, Mali," Today I believe that everyone should take his responsibility, because we know exactly what is going on, I don not exclude political dialogue, or negotiations , this is what poltiticians do , but I deeply believe that today everyone should know what to expect? Whether it is Mali, whether it is CEDEO, whether it is the International Community, I believe that this people must be eradicated in the NOrth of Mali. Mali must remain one and undivided."
||Cutaways on Juan Fernando LOPEZ AGUILAR (S&D, SP) (2 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Juan Fernando LOPEZ AGUILAR (S&D, ES),"The EP has deplored that for a long time the EU put the energy and security interests on top of its prioritieswithout any consideration for humanitarian issues and human rights. The EP has taken the opportunity to ask the HIgh Representative for CSFP, Catherine ASHTON to set up a new strategy for the meditarranean, which would mark a before and after policy, in which cooperation would be included but where Human Rights and Fundamental freedoms would be too."
||Extract of the debate on the political impact of the Lybian conflict on neighbouring ACP and EU states with EP Rapporteur (English) Filip KACZMAREK (EPP, PL)," Perhaps one of the most important short run political effects of the Lybian conflict on the EU is the wave of illegal immigration that followed the political vacuum in Lybia. This issue may resolve itself once stability returns to the country but the long run issue of Lybia as a major transit country for African immigrants to Europe is likely to remain."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Filip KACZMAREK (EPP, PL),"It is proposed to have more involvement from the EU Institutions and the International Community. It is not the kind of problem who could be solved locally in North Africa. We should have more influence in controlling for instance ,arms and fighting against terrorism and terrorist organizations."