Europafrica bulletin – Issue 14 – 13 February 2008

ECDPM aims to share information on the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, on related events and positions of civil society representatives as well as provide some analysis on the progress of the negotiations. Click here for a brief introduction of the process. Apart from this bulletin, see also: www.europafrica.org

This is the fourteenth issue of the Europafrica bulletin (click here for the previous issues), which will give you an up-date on the implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy. The bulletin is issued 1-2 times per month. Subscribe by sending an e-mail to: europafrica@ecdpm.org

News

10th AU Summit in Addis nominating second AU Commission

The AU Summit was held on 31 January – 2 February, in Addis, Ethiopia. Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has been elected the new chairman of the Africa Union (AU) for one year and thus takes over from Ghana’s President John Kufuor.

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Presentation of the audit of the African Union

On Monday before the official opening of the Summit, Foreign Ministers of the African Union have begun to examine the audit report of the African Union prepared by a high-level panel.

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Continental civil society platform meeting prior to the AU Summit

Prior to the Summit, the Centre for Citizens’ Participation in the African Union (CCP-AU) has organized a continental conference on the African union summit on January 23rd and 24th 2008.

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Key issues of the AU Summit

The situation’s in Kenya and Chad have overshadowed the AU summit, the integration of the NEPAD in the AU structure has been finally reviewed and Qaddafi did not resist to push again for the United States of Africa.

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AU Declaration on EPAs

The Assembly of the African Union has adopted a Declaration on Economic Partnership Agreements stating, among others, their concern over “ political and economic pressures that have been exerted by the European Commission on African countries to initial Interim Economic Partnership Agreements” and over the impact of the current EPA negotiation process on regional integration.

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Slovenian Presidency announces its Development priorities

State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Andrej Šter, presented the priorities of Slovenia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union to the European Parliament Committee on Development (DEVE) in Brussels.

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First joint expert meeting on the implementation of the joint Strategy

In the first follow up meeting to the Lisbon African-EU Summit, African and European experts met on the 4th of February in Addis Ababa to discuss the implementation of the Joint Strategy and Action Plan.

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Publication

EU-Africa Summit: strategy and partnership? By Romy Chevallier

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Meetings/ Upcoming Events

On 13 February, CTA, Euforic, and other partners will hold the fourth in the series of Brussels Development Briefings with the focus on ‘Climate Change and ACP responses’.

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The Role of New EU Member States in EU-Africa Development Policy is the new focus of AWEPA in Brussels from the 27th until the 29th of February.

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European Union and Africa: Emerging priorities, opportunities and challenges is a conference organized by SAIIA/KAS on the 5th and 6th of March in Brussels.

Official Meetings

14.02. 2008 the ad hoc working party on the joint EU-Africa Strategy

Joint Africa-EU expert groups (dates unknown at this stage)

28/04/08 Joint EU-Africa Ministerial Troika in Luxembourg

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