ALGERIA, EU HOLD 10TH MEETING OF BILATERAL ASSOCIATION COUNCIL

BRUSSELS, — Algeria and the European Union (EU) will hold here Monday their 10th Association Council meeting, instituted by the establishment in 2002 of an institutional framework governing their bilateral relations following the signing of the Association Agreement which established an open dialogue and a comprehensive co-operation comprising the political, security, economic, cultural and human aspects.

This annual meeting, which will be co-chaired by Algerian Minister of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Ramtane Lamamra and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, will be a new opportunity for the two partners to review the state and prospects of cooperation and partnership relations and to examine ways to give them a fresh impetus in different fields, according to Foreign Ministry.

The 10th Algerian-EU Association Council meeting will see the ratification of the final document on the conclusions of the joint assessment of the implementation of the Association Agreement and that containing the joint partnership priorities, defined under the reformed European Neighbourhood Policy to which Algeria has actively participated during the revision process.

The first document, whose main lines focus on various aspects, including good governance, democracy, rule of law, movement of peoples and cooperation in security and energy fields, was adopted one month ago by the College of the European Commissioners.

In order to make the Association Agreement an instrument which benefits the two sides, Algeria seized the opportunity of the 2nd anniversary of the coming into force of the agreement in 2015 to ask EU to open discussions on a joint objective assessment of the implementation of the agreement.

Source: NAM News Network

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