Tomas Tobé (EPP, SE), Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Development, welcomes the signature of the new Samoa Agreement, which will provisionally enter into force on 1 January 2024:
“After much delay, it is now of crucial importance for the new Agreement to be put into place quickly as there is an urgent need to strengthen multilateral cooperation in the face of growing geopolitical instability and unprecedented global challenges.
“The Samoa Agreement marks the beginning of a new era between the EU and ACP countries. This modernised Agreement will bring mutual benefits covering a number of crucial issues such as climate change, inclusive sustainable economic growth and development, peace and security and migration.
“The Committee on Development looks forward to receiving the request for consent from the Council on the conclusion of the Agreement.”