The CAP will be the first contractual relationship between the EU and Afghanistan to confirm the EU`s commitment to Afghanistan`s future development during the decade of change (2014-2024). This is the legal framework for the broad cooperation between the EU and Afghanistan, developed since 2001 and enshrined in the current EU-Afghanistan 2014-2016 strategy, adopted by the Council in June 2014, as well as in the 2014-2020 multi-year programme under the Development Cooperation Instrument. The CAP will be the basis of EU-Afghanistan relations for the next ten years and could automatically be extended by five years. There is a regular political dialogue between the parties and, if necessary, at the ministerial level. It strengthens its relations, contributes to the development of a partnership and strengthens mutual understanding and solidarity. The parties strengthen their political dialogue in order to support their common interests, including their respective positions in regional and international for a. The attached draft therefore proposes the signing of the agreement as a joint agreement. It also includes the provisional application of a number of provisions that would be applied provisionally between the EU and Afghanistan until the agreement comes into force. 3. The parties use their development cooperation, among other things, to strengthen Afghan government institutions and create the conditions for sustainable development and long-term economic growth, in line with national priority programmes and the economic and development strategy for Afghanistan entitled “Realising SelfReliance: Commitments to Reforms and Renewed Partnership”.
These will be the main means of implementing this strategy and the commitments made by Afghanistan in Bonn, Tokyo and London. As part of its cooperation with Afghanistan, the Union takes full account of the framework of mutual responsibility in Tokyo (or a mutually agreed successor) and takes into account, in the programming of its aid, the commitments, including financial ones, and the modalities defined in this framework. 4. Contracting parties keep each other informed of the development of trade-related policies, such as agriculture, food security, consumer protection and the environment. They will explore ways to strengthen their trade and investment relations, including, if necessary, through the negotiation of other mutual interest agreements.