Published On: Wed, Feb 21st, 2018

Kingdom coordination meeting 4 countries: NL / BES – Curaçao – Aruba – St. Maarten

Cur_delegationBRUSSELS - The Prime Minister of Curaçao, Eugene Rhuggenaath is on an official visit in Brussels this week. On Monday, February 19, 2018, the Kingdom delegation met at the office of the Permanent Representative of the European Union (PVEU) to discuss the relationship between the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) and the European Union after the so-called Cotonou Agreement expires in 2020. During the meeting the future organization of the OCTs was discussed. These are intensive talks because all countries within the EU have to decide on this.

The Cotonou Agreement: The ACP-EU Partnership Agreement, signed in Cotonou on 23 June 2000, was concluded for a 20-year period from 2000 to 2020. It is the most comprehensive partnership agreement between developing countries and the EU. Since 2000, it has been the framework for EU's relations with 79 countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). In 2010, ACP-EU cooperation has been adapted to new challenges such as climate change, food security, regional integration, State fragility and aid effectiveness.

Delegation

From left to right: EU representative Aruba Eddy Paris, Director Kingdom Relations a.i. Dirk-Jan Bonnet, Minister-President StMaarten Leona Marlin-Romeo, Minister-President Curaçao Eugene Rhuggenaath, Lieutenant Governor Bonaire Edison Rijna, Saba Commissioner Rolando Wilson.

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