Europafrica Bulletin Issue 23 – 17th February 2009

This is the 23rd 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.

Joint Africa-EU Strategy

Summary of AU Summit Decisions on AFRICA-EU DIALOGUE
On the Africa- EU dialogue, the Assembly requested the AU Commission to ensure the effective involvement of the RECs and other stakeholders in the implementation and monitoring processes. It further requested the Commission to submit a special report to each Session of the Executive Council on the progress made in the implementation of the partnership with the European Union.
All AU Summit Decisions – doc

The role of Parliaments (EP&PAP) in the Joint Africa-EU strategy
In the sidelines of the 12th African Union Summit, the ad-hoc delegation for relations with the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) and its counterpart from the PAP met the Commissions and Presidencies of the African and European Unions.
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1st EURO-AFRICA Cooperation Forum, March 25-26/2009-Brussels
For the first time in Europe, sub-Saharan African and European policy-makers and ICT research organisations are being brought together in Europe. Funded under the EU’s 7th Framework Programme (FP7), the 1st EURO-AFRICA Cooperation Forum aims to expand the dialogue between European, and sub-Saharan African ICT research communities and the authorities of the concerned regions.
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Diagram on the institutional structure of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy
To get a better understanding of the implementation and monitoring of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, ECDPM has drafted a diagram on the institutional structure of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy.
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‘For better for worse’ ECDPM publication on the Challenges for ACP-EU relations in 2009 with a special focus on the Joint Africa-EU Strategy
The year 2009 is set to bring major changes in the context in which the European Union (EU) conducts its international affairs, and these changes will inevitably affect Europe’s relations with Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). One of the focal points of the paper is the implementation and monitoring of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy.
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European Parliaments Draft Report on the Joint Africa-EU Strategy
The European Parliament has published its draft report on the Joint Africa-EU Strategy and its role. It welcomes the fact that one year after the adoption of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy the main components of the institutional architecture for its implementation are finally in place.
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AU Permanent Representatives Committee discusses Commissions Report on Africa-EU dialogue during AU Summit
During the 12th AU Summit, the AU Permanent Representatives Committee will discuss a report of the AUC on the Africa-EU dialogue on the 26-27 of January 2009. Further details will published soon.
Agenda of the Permanent Representatives Committee – doc

Coordination Sud, Terre des Hommes & Secours Catholique on the Joint Africa-EU Strategy
During last years seminar ‘Lisboa +1: what steps forward for the Africa-Europe partnership?’, Coordination Sud presented its paper on the Joint Africa-EU Strategy: Lisbon +1: What headway has the Africa-Europe partnership made? , written in collaboration with Terre des Hommes and Secours Catholique.
Read the full paper – pdf

Financial Crisis: Will Africa pay the price of the rich world’s financial crisis?
The official AU-EU website on the Joint Africa-EU Partnership has published a video showing Jean Ping, president of the African Union Commission, and Louis Michel, the EU’s Development and Humanitarian Aid Commissioner, debating if Africa will pay the price of the rich world’s financial crisis. Both agree Africa risks becoming the victim of a situation it has had no part in creating, and Europe would be very wrong to use the crisis as a reason to sideline a tormented continent of nearly a billion people.
Video – html

Africa

Ping Calls for Faster Integration of NEPAD into AU
The current global financial crisis has highlighted the need and urgency for the integration of the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) into the African Union (AU) says AUMonitor.
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Gaddafi Pledges to Reform AU Top Political Post
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi assumed the chairmanship of the African Union (AU) on Monday, and immediately pledged to work towards reforming the post before relinquishing control says AUMonitor. Gaddafi said he reluctantly assumed the chairmanship of the continental organisation, after initially shunning it in 2002.
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African leaders strike deal on new Union Government
African leaders struck a rare consensus on the formation of a Union Government for Africa on Sunday, announcing the immediate formation of the AU Authority with a stronger mandate to run African affairs.
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Conflicts overshadow talks on African Union’s future
The African Union opened a summit Sunday officially devoted to developing transport and energy systems, but dominated by conflicts across the region and division over the bloc’s future.
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Calls for a Decision on Union Government
Senegalese Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, declared that his country would wish that African leaders should come clear about the formation of an African federal government when they meet at the summit of the African Union (AU) slated for February in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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AU Commission chairman urges more efforts to achieve African integration
The African Union Commission chairperson Jean Ping on Monday urged Africa to devote more efforts on integration, which has been discussed by members states for the past few years says the African Press Agency.
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Agenda for the Centre for Citizens’ Participation to the African Union Conference on the 12th African Union Summit. 16-17.01.09
The Fourth Citizens’ Continental Conference on the 12th African Union Summit has started at the Beshale Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for two days (16 -17 January 2009). The Centre for Citizens’ Participation to the African Union (CCP-AU) discussed several issues being the ‘Overview of key issues in the Continent’, ‘Situation of Peace and Security in Africa’, ‘Social Development’ and ‘CSO engagement in Africa’.
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AU Says Security has Improved in Africa
The security situation has improved in Africa over the past three years,’ the Vice-Chairman of the African Union Commission (AUC), Mr. Erastus Mwencha, said.
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The African Union Faces Financial Problems
The African Union Commission is facing financial problems, commissioner for economic affairs Maxwell Mkwezalamba said on Wednesday in Addis Ababa.
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EU

EU pledges 300 mln euros for Africa peacekeeping
The European Union pledged 300 million euros ($383.3 million) to the African Union on Monday to fund peacekeeping missions on the world’s poorest continent says Reuters Online.
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Prague meeting of Development Ministers: What Impact will the Financial Crisis have on the Developing World
An informal meeting of EU Ministers for Development Cooperation was concluded in Prague. The Ministers have agreed that the European Union should help especially the Least Developed Countries cope with consequences of the financial crisis.
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Informal Meeting of EU Development Ministers 29-30.01.2009
On 29 – 30 January the Informal Meeting of EU Development Ministers was held under the auspices of the Czech Presidency in the Prague Congress Centre. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Kohout was appointed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Karel Schwarzenberg to chair the meeting.
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South Africa-EU Ministerial Troika on the Joint Africa-EU Strategy
Within the framework of the South Africa- European Union Strategic Partnership, the eighth Ministerial Troika was held in Kleinmond, South Africa, on 16 January 2009.
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Development Policy Forum (DPF) lunch debate on “Africa: Sustaining successes in the face of global turmoil”
The DPF 2009 has re-launched on Thursday, February 5 with a special DPF ‘Future World’ lunch debate entitled “Africa: Sustaining successes in the face of global turmoil”. It focused on the impacts of global financial crisis on low income countries in Africa.
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The activities of the European Economic and Social Committee during the Czech Presidency
There will be various activities in connection with relations between the EESC and the ACP region.
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Readings

ZEI Discussion Paper: African Regional Integration and the Role of the European Union
African regional integration has had a remarkable new beginning since the formal beginning of the African Union (AU) in 2002. Following the Treaty of Abuja, in force since 2004 and envisaging an African Economic Community in six stages by 2028, and following the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), since 2002 a mandated initiative of the African Union including NEPAD’s unique African Peer Review Mechanism for the measuring of good governance, the African Union has become the frame for a new African regionalism.
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Rethink ‘African Solutions for African Problems’: Tsoeu Petlane
For more than a decade now, Africa has been trying to address its developmental and political problems through an approach favouring home-grown initiatives

Calendar

17.2.2009 – 18.2.2009 Political and Security Committee (PSC)
18.2.2009 – 18.2.2009 Coreper I (Committee of Permanent Representatives
18.2.2009 – 18.2.2009 Coreper II (Committee of Permanent Representatives)
23.2.2009 – 24.2.2009 General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC)
4.3.2009 – 6.3.2009 Informal Meeting of PSC (Political and Security Committee)
9.3.2009 – 10.3.2009 Conference on the Role of NGOs in the EU Policy on Human Rights and Democracy
11.3.2009 – 12.3.2009 Informal Meeting of COHOM (Working Party on Human Rights)
16.3.2009 – 17.3.2009 General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC)
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