Europafrica Bulletin Issue 28 – 29 July 2009

This is the 28th issue of the Europafrica bulletin, which will give you an up-date on the implementation process of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy. The bulletin is issued once a month. Subscribe by sending an e-mail to: europafrica@ecdpm.org.

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JAES – Joint Africa-EU Strategy

African security threats and responses – looking forward to 2030
ECDPM joined officials of the African Union Commission, members of the AU Peace and Security Council, RECs, the UN, diplomats, independent researchers and academics from across Africa from 21-22nd of July 2009 in Uganda to discuss in closed session “State of the Union 2030: Security Threats and Responses”.
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Upcoming activities under the Joint Africa EU Strategy
5-7.10.2009: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Africa-EU Workshop on Resources for the implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy
8-9.10.2009: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Africa-EU Joint Task Force in enlarged format
12.10.2009: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Experts meeting, in the run-up to the Africa-EU Ministerial Troika meeting
13.10.2009: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Senior Official meeting, in the run-up to the Africa-EU Ministerial Troika meeting
14.10.2009: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 13th Africa-EU Ministerial Troika meeting
View more on the official Africa EU website

Upcoming ACP-EU activity
In September the Bureau and standing committees of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly get together again in Brussels. The European Parliament side will be electing a new Co-President and other top jobs. In October there will be a West African regional meeting in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
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Joint Cooperation Council between the European Union and the Republic of South Africa
The EU-South Africa Joint Cooperation Council (JCC) met in Brussels at the level of senior officials on 23 July to take stock of progress made in the last year implementing the TDCA and discuss future plans.
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LINK! First Newsleter from the EU to the African Union
The first newsletter from the European Union Delegation to the African Union, in joint cooperation with all EU Member States representations to the AU is now available on the official Africa-EU website.
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The Pan-African Media Observatory: Views from media freedom advocates
Thirty two International Freedom of Exchange (IFEX) members and partners working on free expression in Africa joined forces to make a common submission in response to the “joint roadmap” proposed by the AUC and the EC this year is to create a Pan-African Media Observatory.
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The role of the African Diaspora in Democracy building and the JAES
Building sustainable democracy in Africa is a priority under the auspices of Africa-EU Strategic Partnership, thus, capacity building is relevant for this priority policy area. The African Diaspora Policy Center has published a paper which emphasizes the need for active participation of African diaspora in Europe to promote democracy building in Africa and ensure that the deliverables under the JAES are achieved through feasible interventions and realisable actions.
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FES Conference on EU-Africa relations: summary of the debate
A panel discussion on Africa-EU relations was organized by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation on the 8th July 2009. This summary was written by Dolly Afun-Ogidan, Research Intern at ECDPM and co-editor of the http://www.europafrica.net website.
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Outcomes of the 3rd Coordination meeting of JAES Stakeholders
The 3rd Coordination meeting of the EU Chefs de file and other stakeholders in the implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) and its first Action Plan took place on 12 June 2009 in Brussels.
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EIB and EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund collaborate to reinforce regional infrastructure
The European Union press release states that the EIB, through the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund, has approved a EUR 1.75 million grant to the West African Power Pool (WAPP) to finance pre-investment studies for a 330 kV transmission link from Riviera in Côte d’Ivoire to Prestea in Ghana.
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Documents on EC Communication: Strengthening Transport Cooperation between Africa and EU
The European Commission has released official documents on strengthening cooperation between Europe and Africa in the transport sector.
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Final Communique on the 15th ECOWAS-EU Ministerial Troika Meeting
The 15th ministerial Troika meeting between the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the European Union (EU) was held in Luxembourg on June 16, 2009. The European Union has released the final communiqué.
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EU

First development committee meeting
At the first proper meeting of the new term, the committee on development will be discussing next year’s EU budget and how climate change affects developing countries, along with an expert from Oxfam. They meet back after the holidays on 2-3 September to focus how the financial crisis has hit poor nations. Also, views will be exchanged with the Swedish minister for development cooperation Gunilla Carlsson, for the new presidency, and hold a hearing for new development commissioner Karel De Gucht.
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New development committee chair and members
Following the European Parliament elections, the committee on development held its constituent meeting. It now has 30 MEPs. The new chair is French green Eva Joly. The four vice-chairs are Michèle Striffler (France, EPP), Nirj Deva (UK, ECR), Iva Zanicchi (Italy, EPP) and Corina Cretu (Romania, S&D).
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New European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian aid: Karel De Gucht
Former Commissioner, Louis Michel has ended his work the European development and humanitarian aid portfolio, and handed over to Karel De Gucht.
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G8 Leaders pledge to meet Commitments made to Africa
All Africa reports that at the on-going G8 summit, leaders of the world’s biggest industrialized nations have promised to boost development assistance to Africa by U.S. $25 billion a year over 2004 levels by 2010.
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President Barroso at the G8 summit: Shaping sustainable responses to global challenges together
President Barroso will represent the European Commission at the ongoing G8 summit in L’Aquila, Italy from 8-10 July 2009. G8 leaders will notably address the global economy, including trade, climate change and energy, Africa/development and food security.
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Swedish Presidency of the EU is launched
On the 1st of July 2009, Sweden has officially taken over the EU Presidency of the Czech Republic until the end of the year. Now Sweden is in the driving seat of the world’s largest integrated economy with nearly half a billion citizens.“It’s going to be a very exciting six months, but the task before us is not an easy one. I’m looking forward to tackling the autumn’s challenges together,” says Sweden’s Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.
Go to the Swedish Presidency website here

AFRICA

Decisions and Declarations from the 13th African Union Summit
The African Union has released official documents containing the decisions and declarations made during the 13th session of the Assembly of the African Union on 1-3 July 2009 and the decisions made during the 15th session of the AU Executive Council on 24-30 June 2009 in Sirte, Libya.
Decisions from the Fifteenth Ordinary Session of the Executive Council
Decisions and Declarations adopted by the Thirteenth Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly

African Union New Strategic Plan 2009-2012
The African Union new Strategic Plan 2009 – 2012 is now available on the AU website.
Access the document here

Kadhafi Seeks ‘Marshall Plan’ for Africa at G8 Summit
AU Monitor reports that during the G8 Summit in L’Aquila, African Union (AU) Chairman Mouammar Kadhafi called for a funding programme for Africa comparable to the US Marshall plan for rebuilding Western Europe after World War II.
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AU Executive Council invited to Write Text on AU Authority
To deal with the issue of the transformation of the AU Commission into an Authority, heads of State and government of the African Union asked the executive council to meet in emergency to adopt only one text, instead of two texts were proposed to them.
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Call for a Common African Position on Agriculture and Solid Framework for Food Security
Under framework of the 13th Ordinary Session of the Summit of the African Union in Sirte, Libya, the African Union Heads of States made a call for a common African position on Agriculture and a solid Framework for Food Security.
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African leaders agree on the creation of the African Union(AU) Authority
According to the AU Monitor, African leaders have agreed on the creation of the African Union (AU) Authority, headed by a President and possessing an enhanced role to coordinate foreign affairs, trade and defense policies within the continent.
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Africa issues year-long ultimatum to ICC
According to Afrique en ligne, African foreign ministers have met on Monday, the 29th of June 2009 to discuss the continent’s position on the activities of the International Criminal Court (ICC). They have given the world court a year-long ultimatum to defer war crime charges against Sudanese leader Omar Al-Bashir or risk losing Africa’s entire support.
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African Leaders discuss the integration of NEPAD into AU
African leaders gathered on Tuesday to discuss the final details in the integration of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) into the organs of the African Union (AU), with a new proposal for a treaty establishing NEPAD as an organ of the soon to be formed AU Authority says AUMONITOR.
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READINGS

Mauritania and the African Union: All is rather forgiven
Almost one year after General Muhammad Ould Abdelaziz took power at the head of a military junta, he has stripped off his uniform and got himself elected as Mauritania’s civilian president.
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China tell G8, G5 must diversify currency
China used a meeting of the G8 rich nations and G5 developing powers on Thursday to call for a more diversified and “rational” currency system to help stabilize foreign exchange rates, a Chinese official said.
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Follow us?
The EU and other developed countries have to make sure that the UN climate-change pact is not handled like trade negotiations.
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Council closes consultations with the Republic of Guinea under Article 96
The Council concluded the consultations held under Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement with the Republic of Guinea to assist the country’s return to constitutional rule.

Opening of Consultations with the Republic of Madagascar under Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement
The European Union considers that the forcible transfer of power in Madagascar on 17 March 2009 is a flagrant violation of the essential elements of Article 9 of the Cotonou Agreement.

CALENDAR

27-29.07.2009: Symposium on United States of Africa, Dakar, Senegal
29-30.07.2009: Africa-EU Partnership on Trade and Regional Integration – Workshop for Parliamentarians and Civil Society on Economic Partnership Agreements, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
25.08.2009: International Symposium: Rethinking Biomass Energy in Sub-Sahara Africa, by VENRO, Bonn, Germany
09.09.2009: African Union Day – anniversary of the Sirte Declaration, on 9 September 1999, at the origin of the African Union Constitutive Act
5-7.10.2009: Africa-EU Workshop on Resources for the implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
8-9.10.2009: Africa-EU Joint Task Force in enlarged format, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
12.10.2009: Experts meeting, in the run-up to the Africa-EU Ministerial Troika meeting, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
13.10.2009: Senior Official meeting, in the run-up to the Africa-EU Ministerial Troika meeting, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
14.10.2009: 13th Africa-EU Ministerial Troika meeting, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

From the EU Presidency (Brussels):
27-28 July: General Affairs and External Relations Council
28 July: ACP working part
29 July: Africa Working Party (COAFR)
28 July: W/G on Fisheries
29 July: EPAs negotiating meeting (AFOA)

For more events please see official EU-Africa website: http://www.africa-eu-partnership.org/
Copyright: ECDPM 2009
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