Europafrica Bulletin Issue 30 – 19 October 2009

This is the 30th 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 or Unsubscribe through : http://www.ecdpm.org/subscriptions.

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Editors: Veronika Tywuschik (vt@ecdpm.org)

ATTENTION! ECDPM SURVEY!
ECDPM is currently preparing its annual paper on the challenges for European Union-African Caribbean and Pacific (EU-ACP) development cooperation for 2010. In this regard, we are interested in hearing your views on the policy priorities you identify for your region/ country for next year and the policy priorities the EU should take into account when engaging with your country. We would also like to know how you rank the EU’s (European Commission and Member States’) importance in your region and elsewhere in comparison to other (emerging) actors. Our last question focusses on the future of the ACP group beyond 2020. We would appreciate it if you could please take five minutes to respond to this anonymous survey by 23 October 2009 (you can also reply in French).
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GENERAL INFORMATION –JAES

JAES EDD Seminar on the 23 of October 2009: “Citizens at the heart of the Africa-EU Partnership” Mobilising stakeholders
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.
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13th EU-Africa Ministerial Troika in Addis Ababa – final declaration
A ministerial meeting between the EU and Africa was held on the 14th of October 2009 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the headquarters of the African Union (AU). Ministers and commissioners discussed how to meet global challenges, promote peace and security in Africa, and strengthen the cooperation between the two regions.
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Meetings on the Joint Africa -EU Strategy in Addis Ababa
8-9 OCTOBER 2009 – Enlarged Joint AUC-EC Task Force Meeting, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
12 OCTOBER 2009 – Joint Expert Officials Meeting on the JAES, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
13 OCTOBER 2009 – Senior Officials Meeting on the JAES, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
14 OCTOBER 2009 – 13th Africa-EU Ministerial Troika Meeting, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Joint Workshop on the Financing of the JAES: 5-7th of October 2009
The Africa-EU workshop on resources for the Joint Africa-EU strategy and first Action plan, opened on Monday 5 October 2009 in Addis Ababa and lasted for 2 days until the 7th of October 2009. Over 300 participants from Europe and Africa gathered in Addis Ababa to discuss the question of human and financial resources in the JAES and to find possible solutions for the future.
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African Preparatory Meeting on the JAES Financing/Resource Seminar
On the request of the Economic Affairs Department of the African Union Commission, African Member states representatives from Ministries and Embassies, Regional Economic Communities and AUC officials have gathered on the 1st of October 2009 in Addis Abeba to prepare for the Joint Africa-EU Strategy Financing/Resource seminar on the 5th/6th of October.
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African Preparatory Meeting on the JAES: ECDPM Inputs
On the request of the Economic Affairs Department, ECDPM has prepared 4 papers on the Financing of the Joint Africa- EU Strategy.
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African Implementation Team Meetings at the AUC Headquarters
On the 1st of October 2009, the African co-chairs of the 8 partnerships have invited all African representatives to form an African position for each of the partnership before the Joint Expert Groups meetings on Monday, the 5th of October 2009, when they officially meet their EU partners to jointly discuss the way forward on the Action Plans. Over 70 African representatives have participated in these meetings.

EU-Africa Business Forum: Africa sets terms for granting EU full market access
Business Daily reports that Africa is asking its team of trade negotiators working on the Economic Partnership Agreement to focus on economic development before deciding on opening up markets to the European Union. Mr Erastus Mwencha, the deputy head of African Union Commission, says the continent should not be tied to timelines on the deal that envisages full access to African markets by 2025.
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Lusaka Declaration on the high-level Meeting of the Eastern and Southern Africa – Indian Ocean (ESA-IO) Region and the European Commission – JAES on the agenda
Ahead of the global climate change talks in Copenhagen in December, the call was made by ministers of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), East African Community (EAC),Intergovernmental Authority on Development in Eastern Africa (IGAD)and Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), and the high officials from European Commission, who attended the meeting on the 14th and 15th of September in Zambia.
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Summary of the Second South Africa-European Union Summit
According to a EU Press Release, Leaders of South Africa (SA) and the European Union (EU) have met on the 11th of September 2009 in Kleinmond, reaffirm their commitment to the strategic partnership based on shared values and interests, including the promotion of peace and security, human rights, democracy, the rule of law and sustainable development regionally and globally.
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PEACE AND SECURITY PARTNERSHIP

2nd Joint Consultative Meeting AU Peace and Security Council and EU Political and Security Committee
On the occasion of the 2nd Joint Consultative Meeting of the AU Peace and Security Council and the EU Political and Security Committee (PSC /COPS) on 12 October 2009, a joint AU/EU Press Conference will be held on Monday 12 October 2009 at 17:00 at the AU headquarters, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Please refer to the AU website to get more information.

3rd LINK! on Peace and Security
The 3rd LINK! Newsletter of the EU Delegation to the African Union focuses on Peace and Security highlighting that more then ever, Peace and Security is at the center of relations between Africa and Europe. LINK! reflects the long-standing relationship between EU and Africa on Peace and Security and its challenges attached to it.
Read the 3rd LINK! – pdf

Not letting the immediate crowd out the important: Making the most of the upcoming AU – EU peace and security dialogue
On the 12th of October 2009, the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) and the European Union Political and Security Committee also known by its French acronym (COPS) will meet in joint session for the second time in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. According to Andrew Sherriff and Eleonora Koeb, a number of unconstitutional changes of government in Africa will likely occur and it would be a missed opportunity if this joint forum did not consider longer term issues of how the EU could best support the development of an effective African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA).
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Do the EU and South Africa Speak the Same Language of Peace and Security in Africa? Short note by Saiia
Are South Africa and the EU speaking the same language when it comes to peace and security in Africa? questions Kathryn Sturman from the South African Institute of International Affairs.
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CLIMATE CHANGE PARNERSHIP

EU Member states split over climate change strategy
Some countries fear premature commitments amid disagreement over money to development countries. European Union member states are struggling to agree a common strategy for the UN climate conference in Copenhagen says The European Voice.
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2nd LINK! on Climate Change
The second LINK! Newsletter of the EU Delegation to the African Union focuses on Climate Change and wants to take stock on where Africa and EU stand on their preparation towards the Copenhagen Summit in December 2009. You can read views by AU Commissioner Tumusiime and Staffan Tillander, Swedish ambassador for climate. Driss Isbayene, co- chair of the Africa-EU Joint Expert Group on Climate Change gives some insights on the partnership.
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Climate Change: Commission sets out global finance blueprint for ambitious action by developing nations
A EU Press Release reveals that the European Commission has put forward a blueprint for scaling up international finance to help developing countries combat climate change. This initiative aims to maximise the chances of concluding an ambitious global climate change agreement at the December U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen.
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MIGRATION, MOBILITY AND EMPLOYMENT PARTNERSHIP

Time for the EU to acknowledge the advantages of migration says Swedish Presidency
To help ourselves and the developing world, both in this crisis and in the longer term, the EU needs orderly migration say Tobias Billström, Sweden’s minister for migration and asylum policy, and Gunilla Carlsson, Sweden’s minister for international development co-operation, in the European Voice.
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Migration and Joint Africa-EU Strategy discussed at the AUC
The African Union (AU) is hosting the meeting of experts of the 7th Labour and Social Affairs Commission (LASC) from 28 to 30 September 2009. Convened every year, the event is holding at the headquarters of the AU in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Joint Africa-EU Strategy was also on the agenda of the meeting.
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EU refugee scheme receives mixed welcome
The European Commission (2 September) proposed a collective EU programme for resettling refugees, provoking mixed reviews from experts, a ‘Joint EU Resettlement Programme.
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TRADE, REGIONAL INTEGRATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERSHIP

Shortfalls and Opportunities: The Implementation of the Africa-EU Trade, Regional Integration and Infrastructure Partnership
The September issue of the Trade Negotiations Insights (Volume 8 • Number 7) has published a new article on the Joint Africa EU Strategy – Shortfalls and Opportunities: The Implementation of the Africa-EU Trade, Regional Integration and Infrastructure Partnership written by Veronika Tywuschik and Stéphanie Colin.
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EU to increase funding of energy projects in Africa through the Infrastructure Fund
The European Union will increase the EU-Africa Infrastructure Fund, giving hopes that projects like the Kenya-Ethiopia electricity interconnection will continue to receive funding. The EU is a major financier of power and telecommunications projects in Africa says the Business Daily.
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GENERAL INFORMATION – EUROPE

Policy Coherence for Development and the Joint Africa-EU strategy
This years Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) Report 2009 has a special section on the Joint Africa-EU Strategy. The case study on the Joint Africa EU Strategy (JAES) looks into the potential impact on PCD.
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Spain puts emphasis on Africa’s needs, challenges
The Spanish Ambassador to Ethiopia, Antonio Sanchez Benedito Gaspar said his country puts emphasis on the needs and challenges of Africa. In an exclusive interview with ENA, the ambassador said that Africans are severely affected by climate change and Spain will contribute its share in the efforts to address the issue.
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GENENRAL INFORMATION –AFRICA

Next AU Summit from 25 January to 2nd February 2010
The next Summit of the African Union will be held in Addis Ababa from 25 January to 2nd February 2010. The theme of the Summit will be “Information and Communication Technologies in Africa: Challenges and Prospects for Development”.
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EU- SA Summit: South Africa won’t sign emission cut targets if they hurt growth
News Agency Reuters report that South Africa, a major polluter due to its dependence on coal-fired electricity, will not agree to any emission-cutting targets if doing so hurts the country’s economy, a cabinet spokesman said on Thursday.
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Gaddafi could be just what AU, NEPAD have been missing -An African perspective
AFRICA is in dire need of a benevolent dictator. Democracy as we know it cannot take us anywhere. When hunger strikes, we cannot feed our people on democracy alone. Good governance means that there are laws that every citizen, including the head of state must obey says Jerry Okungu in the New Vision.
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CONFERENCES

ECDPM and NAI seminar: Building the African Union institutional architecture – Progress achieved, new perspectives and possible support by the EU’
On the 21st of October 2009, the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) and the Nordic Institute for Africa (NAI)will organise an informal high level multi-stakeholder seminar on 21 October in Uppsala, on the brink of the European Development Days (22-24 October) in Stockholm. The meeting is organised with the support of the Swedish EU Presidency and in close coordination with the African Union (AU).
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JAES EDD Seminar on the 23 of October 2009: “Citizens at the heart of the Africa-EU Partnership” Mobilising stakeholders
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.
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Presentations from the Workshop for ACP Ambassadors on Lisbon Treaty, 16.10.2009
The workshop, jointly organized by the ACP Secretariat and ECDPM on the 16th of October in the ACP House, aimed at providing ACP Ambassadors with a brief overview of the changes in the EU following from the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty as they are expected to affect EU-ACP relations. In addition the workshop offers a platform for discussion and jointly thinking through the implications of a possible ratification of the Lisbon Treaty for the ACP as a Group.
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CALENDAR

16 October Labour Migration and its Development Potential in the Age of Mobility
19 October Towards EU Global Action against Trafficking in Human Beings
19–20 October Agriculture and Fisheries Council Luxembourg
20 October Economic and Financial Affairs Council Luxembourg
21 October Environment Council Luxembourg
21 October ECDPM and NAI seminar on ‘Building the African Union institutional architecture – Progress achieved, new perspectives and possible support by the EU
22–24 October European Development Days (EDD) Stockholm
23 October Justice and Home Affairs Council Luxemburg
26–27 October General Affairs and External Relations Council Luxembourg

Copyright: ECDPM 2009

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