A cooperation agreement on partnership and development between the EU and Afghanistan will be signed on Friday, 17 February 2017 at 18.40 in Munich by the EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini and the Minister of Finance of Afghanistan Eklil Ahmad Hakimi, in presence of President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani.
The cooperation agreement on partnership and development will constitute a new framework for EU-Afghan relation. It formalises the EU’s commitment to Afghanistan’s development under the “decade of transformation” between 2014-2024, building on the undertakings given at the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan on 4-5 October 2016.
The agreement reflects the principles and conditions on which the future partnership will be based. It places an emphasis on regular political dialogue, including on human rights issues, in particular the rights of women and children. The agreement provides for the development of a mutually beneficial relationship across a wide range of economic and political areas such as the rule of law, health, rural development, education, science and technology. However its implementation remains a challange under chronic problems with security in Afghanistan.
The co-operation in actions to combat corruption, money laundering, terrorist financing, organised crime and narcotics are also forseen.
It also foresees cooperation on migration. The illegal migration from Afghanistan remains a matter of concern for Europeans, fuelled by fears of taliban infiltration.
The agreement will be signed and concluded as a “mixed” agreement. This means that on the EU side it must be signed by both the EU and the member states, and ratified by all relevant national and regional parliaments.
The agreement will be applied on a provisional basis.