The citizen dimension lies at the heart of the Africa-EU Partnership and of the Joint Strategy adopted in 2007 in Lisbon by the Heads of State and Government of both continents. One of the main objectives and key innovations of the partnership is to be “people centred”. To this end, a permanent dialogue has been established with parliaments, local authorities and non-State actors, among which the private sector, economic and social partners including trade unions, and civil society.
What are the key issues at stake? Which progress has been made so far? What are the main challenges? How to reconcile interests, which appear sometimes scattered, or even divergent, between heterogeneous actors? Which implementation mechanisms should be set up? How to organise a structured and efficient dialogue between civil society and official actors? Do local authorities have a specific role to play? Which similarities and differences exist between the European and African approach? What should be the role of the African diasporas in Europe? What should be the role of foundations? How to go ahead?
Participants will be invited to share their expectations, analyses and proposals on these issues. The outcomes and ideas of the seminar will feed the reflection of policy makers and facilitate the involvement of citizens in the Partnership.
WHO????- Speakers at the JAES EDD seminar:
14:00 – 16:45
Stockholmsmässan, Room A2, Hall A
Description fiche of the JAES EDD Seminar – pdf
Participant list of the JAES EDD Seminar – pdf
Further information on EDD – click here
Official EU- Africa website – click here