Commissioner Piebalgs attends the 7th Summit for African, Caribbean and the Pacific Heads of State
On 13 and 14 December, European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, participates in the Summit for African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) in Equatorial Guinea to discuss the future of the group after 2020, when the Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA) expires.
The EU's commitment to support developing countries, remains firm but the world has changed considerably since the Cotonou Agreement was signed in the year 2000; so it is appropriate to reflect on those changes and discuss what comes next. The Commissioner will also attend a High Level Panel on energy, where he will stress the importance it has to development: No energy means no sustained or sustainable economic growth; no sustainable agriculture; no quality healthcare; and no decent education.
The summit will as well be an opportunity to meet several Heads of State of the region to reinforce EU partnership with the ACP countries as a way to join forces in order to beat poverty and take up other global challenges being faced.