Registration – 17th OCT-EU Forum / Tahiti (French Polynesia)
Twenty-five Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs), which spread from the Poles to the Tropics, are associated with the Union. The relationship between each individual OCTs and their Member State (Denmark, France, the Kingdom of Netherlands and the United Kingdom) is unique and based on specific constitutional and political arrangements. In accordance with Part Four of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, the OCTs are associated with the European Union. The purpose of this association is “to promote the economic and social development of the countries and territories and to establish close economic relations between them and the Union as a whole”.
On 25 November 2013, the Council adopted an Overseas Association Decision (OAD), which lays down the rules and procedures governing the political, commercial and financial relations between the EU and the OCTs. Article 14 of the Overseas Association Decision (Decision 2014/755/UE) defines the Forum as one of the three instances of dialogue for the Association between EU and OCTs: “An OCTs-EU forum for dialogue (the ‘OCTs-EU Forum’), shall meet annually to bring together OCTs authorities, representatives of the Member States and the Commission. Members of the European Parliament, representatives of the EIB, and representatives of the outermost regions shall, where appropriate, be associated with the OCTs-EU Forum.”
The Overseas Countries and Territories-European Union (OCT-EU) Forum is an annual event that brings together representatives of the OCTs, the Member States to which they are linked and the Commission. Members of the European Parliament, representatives of the outermost regions as well other participants are invited on an ad hoc basis depending on the agenda.
The OCTA Ministerial Conference, OCT-EU Forum and trilateral meetings take place on a yearly basis. This year another event on topics of common interest OCT-EU will be organised during the same week. In 2018, these events will be organised back to back over 5 days, 25 February – 1 March 2018 in Tahiti.
While the Ministerial Conference will be chaired by French Polynesia, the Forum will be chaired by the European Commission.