On Monday 26th November, at the headquarters of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, meetings began between the Government and the European Union, on political dialogue between this organisation and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
The socio-political and economic progress in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, the preparations for the next universal periodical examination, and the perspectives in the maintenance and preservation of human rights, were the main aspects that, over the two days, the delegations from the two parties will debate at the headquarters of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in Malabo II.
Added to that are the actions taken by Equatorial Guinea on the United Nations Security Council, Government policies in the CEMA-CEEAC subregional context, the monitoring of actions from the latest summit related to the EU, and post-Cotonou perspectives, maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea, and EU projects in our country.
Simeon Oyono Esono, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, during his speech, stressed that the Government gave capital importance to relations with the EU, and indicated that, following a long period in which the two parties had not maintained a dialogue, this meeting was necessary in order to move the conversations forward, before the Cotonou Agreements come to an end in two years.
For his part, Helmut Kulitz, head of the EU delegation, expressed satisfaction for the rapid agreement on dates for the effective start of Equatorial Guinea-EU political dialogue, and praised the Government for the progress made in recent months.
Equatorial Guinea is a signatory to the Georgetown Agreement, which created the Group of Africa, Caribbean and Pacific States in 1975. With that step, relations between the EU and Equatorial Guinea were consolidated with the Government signing Lome Convention IV in 1990.
In 2000, the Lome Convention was reviewed and replaced by the Cotonou Agreement, which is in place until 2020. Through this latest agreement, the Equatoguinean State will benefit from the European development funds (8th and 9th EDF); this finance was interrupted following the first review of the Cotonou Agreement in 2005.
The bilateral and multi-sector meetings between Equatorial Guinea and the EU will continue on 27th , at the headquarters of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office