ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly
The ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly is one of the Joint Institutions provided for under Article 14 of the Cotonou Agreement. For details of the JPA click here
The joint institutions
The institutions of this Agreement are the Council of Ministers, the Committee of Ambassadors and the Joint Parliamentary Assembly.
The Joint Parliamentary Assembly
1. The Joint Parliamentary Assembly shall be composed of equal numbers of EU and ACP representatives. The members of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly shall be, on the one hand, members of the European Parliament and, on the other, members of parliament or, failing this, representatives designated by the parliament of each ACP State. In the absence of a parliament, the attendance of a representative from the ACP State concerned shall be subject to the prior approval of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly.
2. The role of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly, as a consultative body, shall be to:
promote democratic processes through dialogue and consultation;
facilitate greater understanding between the peoples of the European Union and those of the ACP States and raise public awareness of development issues;
discuss issues pertaining to development and the ACP-EU Partnership;
adopt resolutions and make recommendations to the Council of Ministers with a view to achieving the objectives of this Agreement.
3. The Joint Parliamentary Assembly shall meet twice a year in plenary session, alternately in the European Union and in an ACP State. With a view to strengthening regional integration and fostering cooperation between national parliaments, meetings between EU and ACP members of parliament may be arranged at regional or subregional level.
The Joint Parliamentary Assembly shall organise regular contacts with representatives of the ACP-EU economic and social partners and the other actors of civil society in order to obtain their views on the attainment of the objectives of this Agreement.
4. The Joint Parliamentary Assembly shall adopt its rules of procedure within six months of the entry into force of this Agreement.
Members of the Bureau of the Joint ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly