The Annual Political Dialogue, based on Article 8 of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of States, forms an integral part of the relations between the European Union and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and provides a useful platform to exchange views on topics that are of common interest and identify areas where we can deepen our privileged relationship under the Cotonou Agreement.
The European Union values civil society as a crucial component of any democratic society and partners with CSOs – because we believe that our relationship should not only be with governments, but also with the people that they represent.The CARIFORUM-EU Consultative Committee is an attempt to facilitate greater engagement of civil society in the implementation process of the EPA.
On the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, the European Union commends the work of journalists in uncovering abuses of power, shining a light on corruption and human right violations, and questioning received opinion, often putting themselves at risk of intimidation, violence and death. An independent and free media is the basis of a participatory and pluralist democracy, and a tool to make governments accountable for their actions.
The death penalty is incompatible with human dignity. It constitutes inhuman and degrading treatment, does not have any proven deterrent effect and allows judicial errors to become irreversible and fatal.