European Parliament highlights the role of civil society in good governance

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European Parliament highlights the role of civil society in good governance
European Parliament highlights the role of civil society in good governance

Africa-Press – Angola. The vice-president of the European Parliament (EP), Marc Angel, advocated, in Luanda, the need for the OEACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assemblies to involve civil society in their agendas, as it constitutes “an essential ingredient for good governance”.

The socialist MEP from Luxembourg, who was speaking on the occasion of the official reception offered to delegates to the Constitutive Assemblies of the OEACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, highlighted that civil society plays a fundamental role in monitoring parliamentary actions and monitoring the decisions taken.

“Civil society is an ingredient for good governance, it acts as an agent among the community and has a fundamental role in monitoring and monitoring the implementation of decisions made”, he maintained.

He welcomed the formal constitution of the Regional Joint Parliamentary Assemblies between the countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (OEACP) with the European Union (EU), within the scope of the Samoa Agreement.

In this regard, he asked the deputies to always take into account the fact that the table of Joint Assemblies represents 15 percent of the world’s population, for whom the joint assembly forms an appropriate platform for resolving community issues.

On the other hand, the co-president of the OEACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, Carlos Zorrinho, emphasized the OEACP-EU partnership within the scope of the Cotonou Agreement, which should mark the dawn of a new relationship between the peoples of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

“In a time of global disorder, we have a multilateral partnership that works and respects sovereignty, with shared values ​​and finds solutions for the people”, highlighted the Portuguese socialist MEP.

The OEACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly is co-chaired, on the European side, by Carlos Zorrinho, a Portuguese MEP, and, on the OEACP side, by Anita Rita Sithole, a Mozambican deputy.

The OEACP brings together around 1.5 billion people from three continents and 79 countries, 48 ​​from Sub-Saharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific, which makes this organization a significant force in the concert of nations.

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