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Proposal for a Council Decision concluding consultations with Guinea under Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement. COM (2004) 804 final, 10 December 2004

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Microsoft Word - DGdev-PE-COM_2004_804-292-04 GUINEA ART96_EN_ACTE EN EN COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES Brussels, 10.12.2004 COM(2004) 804 final Proposal for a COUNCIL DECISION concluding consultations with Guinea under Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement (presented by the Commission) User Rectangle EN 2 EN EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM On 30 March 2004 the European Union decided to open consultations with Guinea under Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement. This decision was taken because of the deterioration of democracy and the rule of law, failure to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms and the lack of good economic governance. The gradual deterioration of the democratic environment culminated in the presidential elections of December 2003, held in contentious conditions and without real electoral competition. The meeting opening consultations, initially planned for 15 April 2004, was held on 20 July 2004. During the meeting the European Union was pleased to note that Guinea made certain undertakings and proposed positive steps to improve the climate for democracy and the rule of law and to establish the structural conditions for macroeconomic stability and sustainable development in Guinea. These undertakings were set out in the memorandum which the Guinean government presented at the meeting. Briefly, they entailed: – a return to democracy through resumption of dialogue with the traditional opposition and civil society, including revision of the electoral arrangements; – holding local and parliamentary elections based on the new electoral arrangements in June 2005 and June 2007 respectively; – upholding the Constitution and the law, so guaranteeing respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the rights of political parties to organise, meet, demonstrate and speak in public; launching discussion on a legal framework for liberalisation of the airwaves; – promoting decentralisation; – en

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