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Beyond Cotonou: A unique interview with MP Hon. Maureen O’Sullivan

November 2016

Hon. Maureen O'Sullivan attend a coffee meeting with members of the ACP on the EU-Africa Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), 10 June 2016.

Hon. Maureen O'Sullivan attend a coffee meeting with members of the ACP on the EU-Africa Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), 10 June 2016.

2020 has the potential to be a historic year.

It will mark the start of a new era for European development cooperation. By then the Cotonou Agreement, which is the main framework of the EU development agenda, will end.

What will happen after Cotonou? And how can civil society organisations pursue a robust and ambitious European development agenda post-2020?

With an exclusive interview with the Head of AWEPA’s Irish Section, Hon. Maureen O’Sullivan, this publication by Dutch NGO Ready for Change aims to answer these questions.

Hon. O’Sullivan outlines AWEPA’s role in the post-Cotonou process, urges civil society to get involved and shares her hopes for the future of the cooperation between the EU and Africa.

“We need a critical, engaged, energetic civil society and political society to emerge in ACP countries, and to be heard. And let’s stop trying to profit, as Europeans, from our aid and trade relations.” Hon. O’Sullivan.

Read Hon. O’Sullivan’s interview (p. 22) and find out more about the European development agenda and its future: