Europafrica Bulletin Issue 31 – December 2009

This is the 31st 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. We appreciate any feedback on this newsletter and look forward to your reactions. You may send your comments to: europafrica@ecdpm.org

ECDPM wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This will be the last Bulletin for this year. We will come back in January 2010!

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DECEMBER BULLETIN CONTENT:

JAES

• GENERAL
• PEACE AND SECUIRTY PARTNERSHIP
• GOVERNANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS PARTNERSHIP
• MIGRATION, MOBILITY AND EMPLOYMENT PARTNERSHIP
• CLIMATE CHANGE PARTNERSHIP
• ENERGY PARTNERSHIP

Europe

GENERAL

Africa

GENERAL

ACP

SPECIAL REPORT ON LISBON TREATY

Readings

Conferences

JAES – GENERAL

Germany pledges € 30 million support for African Union
The official website of the EU and African Union reports that negotiation on Development Cooperation between the African Union (AU) and Government of the Federal Republic of Germany were held in Addis Ababa on 18 November 2009.
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Joint Africa-EU Strategy faces key test in coming year
The most substantial goals of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES), adopted in December 2007, are enhanced political dialogue on peace and security issues and the realisation of a professional, African-led military infrastructure by June 2010.
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Partnership for the Poor? The Joint Africa-EU Strategy: Risks and Opportunities
On November 30, 2009, VENRO organised in cooperation with CONCORD and the Deutsche Welle an international conference at the Deutsche Welle in Bonn.
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16th EU-ECOWAS Ministerial Troika Meeting Abuja, 11 November 2009- COMMUNIQUÉ
The Sixteenth Ministerial Troika meeting between the European Union (EU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was held in Abuja on 11 November 2009.
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European Commission / African Union Sign Agreement on implementation of EC-AUC Action Plan for Exchange of officials and Administrative Cooperation (2010)
According to the official AU side, a high level visit took place at the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa on 5th and 6th November 2009, between the European Commission (EC) and the African Union Commission (AUC).
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Final JAES EDD Report of the session “Citizens at the heart of the Africa-EU Partnership – mobilising stakeholders”
Discussions in the EDD session on Citizens at the heart of the Africa-EU Partnership have shown the rich diversity of ways citizens can be – and have already been – involved in a partnership between Africa and Europe. This has raised questions on how best to organize the role of citizens in the Joint Africa-EU Strategy
(JAES).
Download the report – click here
Download other documents /speeches from participants – click here

OPENING REMARK BY AMBASSADOR JOHN K. SHINKAIYE, AU COMMISSION CHIEF OF STAFF ON THE OCCASION OF THE JOINT AFRICA- EU TASK FORCE MEETING
Ambassador John L. Shinkaiye, AU Commission chief of staff, has made a speech on the occasion of the Joint Africa-EU Task Force on the 8-9th of October 2009 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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European Parliament and PAP on the JAES
The EP delegation for relations with the Pan-African Parliament was in South Africa for the First Session of the second PAP parliamentary term. MEPs met with newly elected President Ndele and the Vice President and Head of PAP delegation to the EP, Mary Mugyenyi on the 25th and 26th of October 2009. They attended the Opening Ceremony, which was addressed by President Zuma, and adopted a full programme for 2010 for Joint Meetings with emphasis on strengthening the parliamentary dimension of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy in the build-up to the EU-AU Summit at the end of next year.

New publication focusing on the JAES from the EARN Members on the website of the IEEI – Instituto de Estudos Estratégicos e Internacionais
The IEEI – Instituto de Estudos Estratégicos e Internacionais has published a new Issue “Global Challenges and Europe-Africa Relations: One Year after the Joint Strategy”, that draws on papers issued by institutions that belong to EARN, the Europe-Africa Research Policy Network, and on presentations made by participants at two international seminars held in Lisbon during the second semester of 2007.
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PEACE AND SECURITY PARTNERSHIP

AU-EU MEDIA BRIEFING ON AFRICAN STANDBY FORCE
Journalists were invited to a media briefing on the African Standby Force on Monday 23 November at 9 am, at the African Union Headquarter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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COUNCIL CONCLUSIONS ON ESDP: EU-AU Cooperation – Strengthening African Capabilities
The Council Conclusions on ESDP were adopted by the Council on 17 November 2009. The Council welcomed the progress in the “Peace and Security” partnership between the EU and Africa.
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Press statement of the 2nd joint consultative meeting between the Au PSC and the EU PSC
The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) and the Political and Security Committee (PSC) of the European Union (EU) held their 2nd Joint Consultative Meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 12 October 2009. The meeting was co-chaired by Ambassador Nkoyo Toyo, Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Chairperson of the AU PSC for October 2009, and Ambassador Olof Skoog of Sweden, representing the country holding the Presidency of the EU for the second half of 2009 and also presiding over the EU PSC during the period.
Download the press release on the official website – html

GOVERANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS PARTNERSHIP

Successful Human Rights Dialogue between the EU and the African Union
The fifth successful round of the AU-EU Human Rights Dialogue shows that the Dialogue has become a valuable and useful part of the AU and EU cooperation in the human rights area, and brings about concrete common conclusions, recommendations and commitments. The open and constructive discussions held demonstrate that the dialogue has reached maturity and allows exchange on a wide range of human rights issues of interest to the two parties. The Joint dilague took place on the 20th of November 2009 in Addis Ababa.
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MIGRATION, MOBILITY AND EMPLOYEMENT PARTNERSHIP

Further discussions on Migration and Stockholm programme
The Justice and Home Affairs Council, home affairs and migration ministers discussed the draft Stockholm Programme on the 30th November 2009. There was broad consensus on creating a more secure and open Europe where the rights of individuals are safeguarded.
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The Stockholm Programme: EU-Africa Partnership on Migration, Mobility and Employment
The draft Stockholm Programme was presented by the Presidency on 16 October 2009. Coreper held a first exchange of views on the Programme during its meetings on 21 and 22 October 2009. The European Council emphasizes the importance of the external dimension of the EU’s policy in the area of freedom, security and justice and underlines the need for the increased integration of these policies into the general policies of the European Union.
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Policy Coherence for Development: draft Council Conclusions on Migration for Development
The Presidency submitted the above draft Conclusions on Migration for Development, in relation with the issue of the Policy Coherence for Development. The objective of the draft Conclusions is to identify a number of challenges relating to Policy Coherence for Development (PCD), to be addressed by the Commission and the Member States.
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Draft Council Conclusions on Mobility Partnerships as a tool of the Global Approach to Migration
The Presidency submitted the draft Conclusions on Mobility Partnerships as a tool of the Global Approach to Migration. Their objective is, taking into account the experience of the pilot Mobility Partnerships, to confirm the value of this cooperation instrument, which addresses the three components of the Global Approach (legal migration, illegal migration, migration and development) and to set criteria for the identification of third-countries with which the European Union could conclude new Mobility Partnerships.
Read the draft council conclusions – pdf

Global Forum on Migration and Development
The third Global Forum on Migration and Development will be held in Athens on 4–5 November. Participants at the Forum will include UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the President of Greece and the Greek Prime Minister. The EU will be represented by Swedish Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy Tobias Billström and the European Commission by Vice-President Jacques Barrot.
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UN chief at 3rd Global Forum on Migration and Development
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon outlined three challenges facing the planet on the issue of migration and placed emphasis on the problem of human trafficking, especially of women and children, in his address to the 3rd Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) that opened in Athens on 3rd of November.
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Official launch of the ACP Migration Facility
The ACP Migration Facility aims to support the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries to better understand and manage the flow of migration within their borders, was officially launched on the 27th and 28th October in Brussels during a workshop organised by the ACP Secretariat in collaboration with the European Commission’s EuropeAid Cooperation Office (AIDCO).
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CLIMATE CHANGE PARTNERSHIP

UK and France propose climate fund for poor
UK PM Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have proposed a multi-billion-dollar fund to help developing nations deal with climate change, reports BBC online.
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Meeting of the Committee of Ten African Heads of States and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC), ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
On the 17th of November, 10 heads of state and government meet to discuss Climate Change issues and the upcoming Copenhagen Summit on Climate Change. Read:
Draft Programme (en)
Introductory Remarks by Dr. Jean Ping, Chairperson of the African Union Commission (fr)

The EU and the ACP-countries agree on the need to step up efforts in the climate change negotiations
On Tuesday 3 November, the Swedish Presidency and the European Commission met with the Ambassadors to Brussels of the 78 countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) to discuss key common challenges, including in particular climate change and the global economic crisis.
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Africa will Speak with one Voice at Copenhagen
AU Monitors reports that the African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Jean Ping declared on Sunday in Ouagadougou that African countries had decided to adopt a common position and to speak in one voice during the UN climate summit scheduled for December in Copenhagen.
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ENERGY PARTNERSHIP

International conference ACP-EU Energy Facility: Energising the ACP countries
On the 4 November 2009, the European Commission is hosting a conference with about 170 participants from ACP countries, EU Member States, international organisations, NGOs and private sector representatives. The aim is to present the results of the first Call for Proposals – with a special focus on three awarded projects (Central African region, Dominican Republic, Vanuatu) – and to announce the launch of the second Energy Facility. From 9 am, Centre ALBERT BORSCHETTE, room AB- 0A.
Go to the official website of the EU-ACP Energy Facility – click here

EUROPE – GENERAL

Draft 18 month programme of the next three Presidencies – Spain, Belgium and Hungary
This documents sets out the combined programme of the Spanish, Belgian and Hungarian Presidencies covering the period January 2010 until June 2011.
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Council Decision on the ceiling for the annual amount of the contribution by Member States to finance the European Development Fund in 2011
On 4 November 2009 the Commission submitted to the Council a proposal for a Council Decision establishing the ceiling of the financial contributions to be paid by the Member States to finance the European Development Fund (EDF) in 2011.
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Barroso names his team – The new Commissioner for Development
Today, President Barroso announced the New Commission Team, where Bulgaria – Rumiana Zheleva was given the International co-operation, humanitarian aid and crisis response dossier and former Energy Commissioner, Latvian Andris Piebalgs, will probably become the next Development Commissioner upon the approval of the European Parliament. Read all nominations:
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Summary of the European Parliament meeting- Committee on Development -held in Brussels on 9 and 10 November 2009
The Committee on Development of the European Parliament has met on the 9th and 10th December to discuss several issues around EU development cooperation, one of them being the situation with Sudan, the Cotonou Revision, and Policy Coherence for Development.
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Development Aid: Karel De Gucht calls on all EU Member States to ‘work together’ to ensure billions of euros in aid doesn’t get wasted
European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Karel De Gucht, will today call upon EU Member States to work better together to ensure that more than 3 billion euros of aid can avoid being wasted every year. A European approach to development aid could bring massive ’savings’, he’ll warn, through more effective management of aid policy, actions and projects – savings which must then be reinvested in better development.
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Main conclusion of the GAERC for Development Cooperation
EU development assistance plays a crucial role in addressing today’s global challenges. At the session of GAERC for Development Cooperation the following issues was on the agenda to help promote increased and improved development cooperation. ODA Commitments, Democracy support in EU external relations including Afghanistan, Budget Support, Aid Effectiveness, Climate Change and Policy Coherence for Development (PCD).
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AFRICA –GENERAL

First Meeting of the AUC/ECA PARTNERS DIALOGUE
The African Union Commission and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa will be holding their First Forum for Strategic Partners Dialogue on the 1st until the 3rd of December 2009 in Addis Ababa.
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China-Africa summit yields promise of new aid
China’s foreign minister stressed his country’s commitment to Africa’s development Monday at the end of a China-Africa summit in which Beijing pledged $10 billion in loans and countered criticism it was plundering the continent’s resources.
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China mulls new measures in cooperation with Africa amid global downturn
China may come up with new measures to help African countries at the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), the Chinese ambassador to Liberia has disclosed.
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Malawi President to Take over as AU Chairman
According to Allafrica, Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika is likely to take over African Union chairmanship from Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi next January, African Union sources have said.
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Conference on AU Priorities in Libya
According to AU Monitor, The International Conference on ‘priorities of the African Union (AU)’ started Saturday evening in Sabha (800km south of Tripoli), with the participation of several lecturers, researchers and academics from the Universities of Libya, Sudan, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Great Britain and the United States.
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Leaders to Strengthen African Court
According to AU Monitor, African Union (AU) member states will only refer cases to the International Criminal Court (ICC) as a last resort when the African Court of Justice is established with criminal jurisdiction.
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Interview with Jean Ping on African Union
AU monitor has published an interview with Jean Ping, the former foreign minister of Gabon who also served for a year as president of the United Nations General Assembly and the third chairperson of the AU Commission, or secretariat, since the union was formed in 2002 and replaced the Organisation of African Unity.
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ACP – GENERAL

ACP-EU Assembly: financial crisis must not lead to development aid cuts
Official development aid must continue to grow and not suffer from the current economic and financial crisis, warned ACP-EU Co-President Louis Michel at the inaugural session of the 18th ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly on Monday in Luanda (Angola).
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ACP Council appoints new Secretary-General
Outgoing ACP Secretary-General Sir John Kaputin has congratulated his successor Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas of Ghana following his appointment during the 90th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers on Tuesday 17th November 2009.
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The Lisbon Treaty – Implications for ACP-EU Relations by Eleonora Koeb (ECDPM)
Following the positive result of the referendum in Ireland on 2 October 2009 – but pending ratification by one EU member state, the Czech Republic – the Lisbon Treaty is widely expected to enter into force before the end of the year.
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Final ECDPM report of the Workshop for ACP Ambassadors: The implications of the Lisbon Treaty for the ACP Group
The workshop ” The implications of the Lisbon Treaty for the ACP Group ” was jointly organized by the ACP Secretariat and the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) at the ACP House on the 16th of October 2009 and was held under Chatham house rules. Most of the ACP Ambassadors where present or represented at the meeting.
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Statement by Sir John Kaputin, Secretary-General of the ACP House, at the Workshop on the Lisbon Treaty and Impacts on ACP
The Secretary-General of the ACP Secretariat, Sir John Kaputin, hold a speech at the ACP House, Brussels on Friday, 16 October 2009 at the Workshop on the Lisbon Treaty and its potential impacts on the ACP Group.
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READINGS

JAES – Africa’s emerging global partnerships. Their implications for the continent’s development aspirations
Important changes have been occurring in the ill-defined area of partnership in Africa, mainly in the context of the African Union’s quest for development as well as peace and security on the continent. The purpose of this ISS paper is to identify and describe the implication of these partnerships, as well as their long-term development objectives and, subsequently, to evaluate their relevance to the present economic conditions of African countries.
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ISS Report: The proposed AU Authority: Hybridisation, balancing intergovernmentalism and supranationalism
This ISS paper is a contribution to the ongoing reflection on the proposed AU Authority. It contends that while the AU Commission might have failed to deliver in certain areas, the reasons for non-delivery are a combination of technical and political constraints.
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CONFERENCES

Development Policy Forum (DPF) roundtable on the development-security nexus on the 1st of December 2009
The Development Policy Forum roundtable took place on the 1st of December 2009 in Brussels and primarily focused on the development-security nexus and whether international actors can agree on a framework to address the complex structural causes of insecurity.
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DATES

7 and 10 December: European Parliament (Brussels) Committee meetings
8 – 10 December: Political groups meetings
EU Presidency (Brussels, Copenhagen):
7 – 13 December: United Nations Climate Change Conference (Copenhagen)
7 December: General Affairs and External Relations Council; Foreign Relations Counsellors Working Party (RELEX)
7 December: Preparatory meeting on the Consultations between EU and Niger;
8 December: Bureau of the Committee of Ambassadors; Consultations between EU and Niger; African Union; ACP Thematic Group III
8 December: General Affairs and External Relations Council; Working Parties: ACP, Foodstuffs
9 December: Coreper I; Political and Security Committee (PSC); Working parties: Development Cooperation (CODEV), International Environment Issues (WPIEI) Synergies, Foreign Relations Counsellors (RELEX)
9 December: ACP-OIF on observations of electoral processes for ACP countries; ACP Economic and Social Partners;
9 December: “From Global Food Crisis to Local Food Insecurity
10 – 11 December: 3rd ACP Civil Society Forum CTA Briefing (Brussels – Berlaymont building)


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