Minister Abela ratifies EU agreements with Armenia, Cuba, Afghanistan on behalf of Malta

On behalf of Malta, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion Carmelo Abela has ratified:

1. The Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Armenia, of the other part;
2. The Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and its member states and the Republic of Cuba, and;
3. The Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development between the European Union and its member states and Afghanistan.

The Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with Armenia was signed on November 24, 2017 and stipulates the need to enhance developments on human rights, civil society, the rule of law and democracy. The agreement also contains provisions for cooperation on inter alia transport, health, energy, climate change, culture, taxation, employment, and social affairs.

The agreement also covers the scope of legal cooperation including on corruption, terrorist financing and money laundering while outlining the need to improve bilateral cooperation to enhance EU-Armenia trade through a better regulated environment.

The Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA) between the European Union and its member states, and the Republic of Cuba was signed on 12 December 2016 with the aim of consolidating and strengthening existing relations between the parties in areas of political dialogue, cooperation, and trade on the basis of mutual respect, common interest and respect for the sovereignty. The agreement will also promote trade and economic relations in conformity with the rules and principles governing international trade as stipulated in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Agreements as well as enhance regional cooperation in the Caribbean and Latin American regions with the aim of developing, where possible, regional responses to regional and global challenges and promoting the sustainable development of the region.

Finally, the Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development between the European Union and its member states, of the one part, and Afghanistan, of the other part, was signed on February 18, 2017 and is the first contractual relationship between the European Union and Afghanistan and establishes the legal framework for cooperation.

The agreement aims to strengthen dialogue and cooperation in supporting peace and security in Afghanistan and the region, promote sustainable development, a stable and democratic political environment, and the integration of Afghanistan in the world economy, and establish a regular dialogue on political issues, including the promotion of human rights and gender equality and the involvement of civil society.

Furthermore, the agreement will assist in developing trade and investment between the parties and foster dialogue and cooperation in a number of sectors including the modernisation of public administration and public finance management, justice and home affairs, environment and climate change, natural resources and raw materials, security sector reform, education and training, energy, transport, agriculture and rural development, financial services, taxation, customs, employment and social development, health and safety, statistics, regional cooperation, culture, information technology, and the audio-visual and media sector.

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