Issue 27- 26th June 2009

This is the 27th 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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Joint Africa-EU Strategy

Public Consultation on the proposal of a Pan-African Media Observatory
The first Forum on Media and Development held in Ouagadougou in September 2008 successfully contributed to move reflection forward and to identify concrete proposals that were enshrined in a “Joint Road Map for Action” signed by the African Union’s Commission Chairperson Jean Ping, and European Commissioner Louis Michel.
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AU-EU Study on The Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative
As regards climate change, the results of a collaborative effort between the AU and EU to assess the scope and pre-feasibility of the the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative is now available on the official JAES website.
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New EC Communication: Transport: Reinforcing cooperation between Europe and Africa
Strengthening cooperation between Europe and Africa in the transport sector is at the core of the communication that the European Commission adopted today on its official website. It aims to connect the Trans-European and African networks, in particular through developing a common map of transport infrastructures.

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Geothermal Energy and the Africa-EU Energy Partnership
Ambassador Koen Vervaeke’s (Head of the European Union Delegation to the African Union) speech during the Decision Makers’ Workshop on Geothermal Energy in Addis Ababa from 8-10 June 2009.
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Nordic Countries Support for AU, Regional Communities, Peace and Security and JAES
The director of Nordic Africa Institute emphasizes Nordic countries support and partnership with African countries.
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JAES on AU Permanent Representatives Committee’s Agenda
On 24-26 June 2009, the AU Permanent Representatives Committee will consider the Progress Report of the Commission on the Implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Dialogue Strategy and its Action Plan, among other issues.
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Participation of African Diaspora in JAES Implementation
The African Diaspora Policy Centre (ADPC), with support from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, initiated a project aimed at mobilising the proactive participation of the African diaspora in the Joint Africa-EU Strategic Partnership and the implementation of the Action Plan adopted in Lisbon in 2007.
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Africa Day celebrations focusing on Implementation of AU border programme and Africa–EU Partnership
In Brussels, Africa day celebrations on 25 may 2009 were held against the backdrop of the AU Border Programme Implementation Plan and Africa-EU Partnership.
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Recommendations of the 1st Africa-EU Civil Society Human Rights Seminar
The 1st African and European Union (EU) Civil Society Human Rights Seminar has been held in Brussels on 16 and 17 of April 2009.
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Joint ACP-EU Declaration on Climate change and Development
The Joint ACP-EU meeting held in Brussels on 28 and 29 May 2009 dialogued on cooperation between the ACP and EU countries as regards Climate Change policy and Development.
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ACP-EU Joint Resolution on the economic and financial crisis
The resolution on the economic and financial crisis during the Joint ACP-EC Council of Ministers meeting held on 28 and 29 May 2009 is now available.
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Camilla Elowson’s study on the Peace and Security Partnership of the JAES
This report examines the Peace and Security partnership of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy. The report, commissioned by the Ministry of Defence, is divided into two distinct parts.
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EU

FES Conference on Africa – EU Relations on the 8th July 2009
The negotiations about the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) and further integration steps of the African Union (AU) remain topics of high priority in Africa-EU relations. Thus, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation is organizing a conference on that issue on the 8th of July 2009 from 9h30-15h30 in Brussels.
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Bildt and Malmström on the priorities for the Swedish EU Presidency
On Monday, 22 June, Minister for EU Affairs Cecilia Malmström and Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt met journalists in Brussels and spoke about the political priorities for Sweden’s EU Presidency.
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EESC to organise 10th ACP-EU Civil Society seminar
The European Economic and Social Committee will host the 10th ACP-EU Economic and Social Interest Groups Regional Seminar in Gaborone, Botswana, on 28-30 June 2009.
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Who gets the task of carrying out Europe’s Development Policy?
With the European Parliament elections comes the issue of development policies, but addressing this may not be until autumn.
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Cecilia Malmström launches the website for the Swedish Presidency of the EU
In exactly one month, Sweden takes over the Presidency of the EU. On the 1st of June, Minister for EU Affairs Cecilia Malmström presented the new Swedish Presidency website, www.se2009.eu The 13th Africa-EU Ministerial Troika meeting will take place on the 14th of October in Addis Ababa,Ethiopia.

Africa

The Governance of the APRM Lacks Transparency
As the time for second reviews to take place in countries approaches, there are concerns about transparency of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).
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Brazilian President Invited to 13th African Union Summit
According to the AU Monitor, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will participate at the 13th ordinary session of the assembly of heads of State and government of the African Union scheduled to take place in Sirte, Libya, from 1 to 3 July 2009.
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AU Conference of Ministers of Finance: Use Economic Crisis to Reshape Policies
The AU Conference of Ministers of Finance was held in Cairo from 6-7 June 2009.
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Pan African Parliament follow EP elections
Between the 2-7 June, the President and seven other MPs from the Pan-African Parliament are in Europe to follow the EP elections. They aim to compare with their own traditions and hopefully take home some best practices. The delegation meets MEPs and election officers and visits polling stations in Brussels, London and Wiesbaden. This initiative also results back from the newly established Joint Africa-EU Strategy.

Final Communique form the 5th CCP-AU Citizens’ Continental Conference
On June 5 and 6, the CCP-AU held its Fifth Citizens’ Continental Conference on the AU Summit, in which over 60 participants from different CSOs/NGOs had taken part.
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Readings

Barroso wins leaders’ backing for second term
José Manuel Barroso has secured the unanimous backing of the EU’s 27 national leaders for a second term as president of the European Commission. Although his re-appointment is certain, the timing of formal approval remains uncertain.
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Good governance will bolster African aid
The recent debate about aid, sparked by Dambisa Moyo’s book Dead Aid, has polarised the development community. I have long argued that it is investment and good governance, not aid, which will solve Africa’s problems. However, effective aid has an important role to play in the quest for sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.
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In need of coherence: European development policies and the global economic crisis
A publication by Can Akdeniz looks at the long-term political, social and security implications of the crisis and the impact on developing countries confronted with a global economic downturn.
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Financial Support to Developing Countries for Climate Change: Is the EU Meeting its Earlier Commitments?

An IEEP study looks into how the EU has fulfilled a crucial commitment within the so-called Bonn Declaration of 2001. IEEP urges for stronger EU stance and more clarity in supporting developing countries in the face of climate change.
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China and Africa – Development Cooperation in the Era of Global Financial Crisis

China’s economic relationships with Africa are intensifying. Chinese from the both public and private world are engaging more than ever with Africa’s development – through trade, investment and aid – and within Africa there are high expectations of the benefits this will create.
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Calendar
21-23.06.09 – Moving towards the European Report on Development 2009, Florence, Italy
23.06.09 – High-level policy forum on the future of MDG’s after 2015, EADI/DSA/DFID/Action Aid, Brussels
24.06.09 – Strengthening African-European Transport Cooperation, Alumni Association of LUISS Guido Carli (ALL), Brussels
24.06 – 03.07.09 – AU Summit, Sirte, Libya
25.06.09 – Presentation of the Report on Development in Africa 2008/09 of the African Development Bank, Egmont Palace, Brussels
01-03.07.09 – 13th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the AU, Sirte, Libya
01.07.09 – Fragile states: The new paradigm? Understanding state fragility in the 21st century, ODI, London
07-08.07.09 – Expert Group Meeting on the Industrial Investment Policies in Africa, Addis Ababa

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

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