ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly:
- extracts from the Closing session in presence of Martin SCHULZ, EP President
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 19/06/2013 First transmission: 19/06/2013
The 25th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly which brings together Members of the European Parliament and the elected representatives of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States that have signed the Cotonou Agreement has come to an end today. The closing session took place in the presence of Martin SCHULZ, EP President. Some of the main themes on the last day's agenda were the role of natural resources to promote development and the support of European Investment Bank for development in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific. Parliamentary representatives of the 78 ACP countries and 78 MEPs meet twice a year in Joint Parliamentary Assembly, once in the EU country holding the EU Council presidency and once in a country determined by the ACP.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior shot of the EP, Brussels
||ACP poster at the entrance of the meeting room. Arrival of EP President Martin SCHULZ to the ACP Parliamentary Assembly.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "The example of hedge funds speculating on increases in food prices shows how perverse markets can act if they are not under democratic scrutiny. The result is especially visible in some of the ACP member states where people are suffering from food shortages. It is not acceptable that the hunger of some is used to the profit of others. This is immorality carried to the extreme."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "Parliaments should play a crucial role when it comes to the promotion of economic reforms. Parliamentarians have to ensure that these reforms aim to reduce socio-economic inequalities and avoid the exclusion of parts of the population. Parliaments, as the elected representatives of the population, need to promote models of development and transformation that place people, not figures, at the heart of their economies."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "The next few months will be determining in designing the post-2015 development framework that will take over from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). We should explore how the new framework can take stock of the new global realities and promote a model of development cooperation that does not build on traditional donor-recipient relations."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights are Human Rights. The European Parliament stands at the forefront in the fight for protection of human rights for all groups and decriminalisation of homosexuality. It is striking that in the 21st century, 78 countries still criminalise consensual homosexual activity, including seven states and territories that foresee the death penalty."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "Financial resources alone will not secure Mali's long-term progress. The core of the country's recovery will be the establishment of democratic political institutions that include all of Mali's territories and communities."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "We cannot shy away from our international responsibility for the poorest people on the planet. In this context it is essential that EU Member States do not forget their international development commitments such as devoting 0.7 % of GDP to development cooperation."
||Question to the President from one of the representatives, Mme Assahid, in English, on the need to stop the production of mines: "Our children are dying or becoming disabled because of the proliferation of mines in our countries, and we, as ACP countries we don't produce mines, so we call of a halt to stop mine production".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "I cannot hide my disappointment about the fact that the member states of the EU, not all but some of them belong to the most important weapon exporters in the world, including mines. And therefore, I think your questions is affecting one of the contradiction in the EU; on one hand, we as Union and the institutions of the Union we are quite clear, but the Union is strong as the member states of the Union allow the Union in such questions to be strong or not, and therefore, I thank you for your question, it is an appeal to us not to forget that we must invest more, especially on the level of the member states of the Union, in the fight against production and distribution of mines".
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