Europafrica Bulletin Issue 38 – September 2010

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Selection of recent and upcoming events

Commissioner Andris Piebalgs on the 3rd Africa-EU Summit

European Parliament
On the occasion of European Commission President José Manuel Barroso‘s  “State of the Union address” to the European Parliament the European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, made the following comment on the 3rd Africa-EU Summit in November Read the rest of this entry »

EU-Africa: An “equal partnership” for development and security
European Security and Defence Assembly
In the framework of the Belgian Presidency of the European Union and Western European Union and with the support of the Belgian Federal Parliament, the European Security and Defence Assembly/WEU Assembly held a high-level conference on “EU-Africa: Partnership for Development and Security” Read the rest of this entry »

Mali’s President Amadou Toumani Touré at the EP in Strasbourg
European Parliament
“Demography, raw materials, and our people will certainly give us one day our luck,” said Amadou Toumani Toure, President of Mali, on Tuesday when he addressed the European Parliament in Strasbourg. His visit touched on routes out of poverty, immigration, the potential of the African continent and the importance of cooperation Read the rest of this entry »

President Zuma calls for end to Zimbabwe sanctions
European Parliament
President Jacob Zuma was at the European Parliament today to hold talks with MEPs. His main message was for sanctions to be lifted against neighbouring Zimbabwe. He said they had hurt South Africa and harmed Harare’s path to political reconciliation Read the rest of this entry »

EU-South Africa Summit
Council of the EU
The European Union is committed to pursuing its engagement in South Africa and to strengthening its partnership with that country. The third EU-South Africa Summit, which will take place in Brussels on 28 September 2010, will be an excellent opportunity to demonstrate this engagement. Read the rest of this entry »

The EU allocates EUR 47 million to support peace-keeping operation in Somalia

Today, the European Commission confirmed its support to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) by providing an additional EUR 47 million to the African Union, bringing the EU allocation to AMISOM to a total of EUR 142 million funded under the African Peace Facility (APF) since 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

DRC: EU extends police mission in support of SSR
Council of the EU
The Council adopted a decision extending until 30 September 2011 the EU police mission undertaken in the framework of reform of the security sector (SSR) and its interface with the system of justice in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (EUPOL RD Congo). Read the rest of this entry »

What Will You Do to Make Peace Happen?
“Today, the African continent will join with the rest of the world to celebrate the International Day of Peace (Peace Day). Every year since 1982, that day has provided a rallying point for the United Nations and its member states, but also for civil society, private sector and individuals, to join forces to advance global peace Read the rest of this entry »

EPLO’s recommendations for the Second Action Plan
The European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO) and its Member Organisations have participated in and contributed to relevant civil society engagement provisions of the JAES, such as the EU Implementation Team and the Joint Expert Group for the P&S Partnership Read the rest of this entry »

Joint Workshop on the “Africa-EU Platform for Dialogue on Governance”

African Union
The Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) agreed upon during the Lisbon Summit (2007), reflects a commitment to establish a “strengthened political partnership” between both continents. It is meant to provide an “overarching long-term framework for Africa-EU relations” to be implemented Read the rest of this entry »

FAJ and African Union Commit to Promoting Safety and Protection of African Journalists
African journalists today adopted a declaration calling for governments, the African Union journalists’ trade unions and the international community to join forces in promoting the safety and protection of journalists in Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

APR Panel appoints new CEO a.i. to head APRM Secretariat
The Chairperson of the APR Panel of Eminent persons Prof. Mohammed Seghir Babes on Monday installed Mr. Assefa Shifa of Ethiopia as the new Chief Executive Officer ai of the APRM Secretariat following the resolution of the APR Panel at its 42nd meeting. Read the rest of this entry »

ECOWAS non-state actors receive EU funding for regional integration

Twelve regional Non-State Actors (NSAs) in ECOWAS Member States were presented grants totalling one million Euros by ECOWAS and the European Union at a ceremony scheduled taking place in Abuja on Wednesday, 1st September, 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

Rwanda: Commissioner Piebalgs to sign €52 million financial agreements on regional cooperation and governance
European Commission
From 28 to 30 September, EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs will pay his first visit to Rwanda. He will travel together with Belgian Minister for Development Cooperation Charles Michel, on behalf of the EU Belgian Presidency. Read the rest of this entry »

Petition against renewal of EU-Morocco Fisheries agreement
Western Sahara Resource Watch
Western Sahara Resource Watch issued the following petition to “urge the European Commission to put an immediate stop to the granting of all licenses to EU vessels fishing in Western Saharan waters”. It reads Read the rest of this entry »

Africa, EU set energy target of 15,500 MW by 2020

The European Union and Africa have agreed to take joint action to achieve a goal of setting up over 15,500 MW of renewable energy facilities in Africa and pledged to provide sustainable energy to at least 100 million Africans additionally by 2020. Read the rest of this entry »

Energy in Africa: Commissioners Piebalgs and Oettinger launch the Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme
European Union
At the High Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) in Vienna, EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs and EU Commissioner for Energy, Gunther Oettinger will launch the Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) together with the African Union Read the rest of this entry »

New Dynamics for Renewable Energies in Africa: IRENA and the Africa-EU Energy Partnership
With the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) resolved in Lisbon in 2007 and the founding of the International Agency for Renewable Energies (IRENA) early in 2009, new instruments have been created to promote Renewable Energies in Africa and to develop strategies for implementing them. Read the rest of this entry »

SG Chambas says level of poverty is “unacceptable”

Secretariat of the ACP Group of States
The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States Secretary-General, Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, in a meeting with the ACP Working Group of the European Union Council this week stressed the need to reduce poverty in ACP states Read the rest of this entry »

EU Contribution to the Millennium Development Goals
European Commission
Ahead of the UN Summit the European Commission published a brochure on the EU contribution to the Millennium Development Goals. Read the rest of this entry »

Statement of President Barroso at the High-Level Meeting on the MDG
During the High-Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly José Manuel Durão Barroso, President of the European Commission, made  the following statement on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Read the rest of this entry »

Kenya designs the Investment frame for up scaling Conservation Agriculture

The COMESA Secretariat is implementing a programme on Climate Change that aims at climate proofing Agriculture, Forestry and other land Use (AFOLU). Under Agriculture, Conservation Agriculture technology adoption has been identified as an important intervention on Climate Adaptation and mitigation. Read the rest of this entry »

Is climate change the missing link in the millennium goals?
Reuters AlertNet
Climate-smart, climate-resilient, climate-compatible development – call it what you will. These days, it’s received wisdom in the aid sector that extreme weather and longer-term climate shifts are hitting the poor hard and things are likely to get worse as global warming heats up the planet. Read the rest of this entry »

EU to discuss Gaddafi’s €5 billion demand at Africa summit, Italy says

Italian foreign minister Franco Frattini has said the EU will in November discuss a proposal by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi that the 27-nation bloc pay the north African country €5 billion a year to stop immigration. Read the rest of this entry »

West African journalists urge ministers to reach agreement with EU
Afrique en Ligne
West African journalists at the ongoing African Union Ministers’ Conference on Fisheries and Aquaculture (CAMFA) in The Gambian capital, Banjul, on Wednesday called on government officials to reach an agreement with the European Union (EU) on sensitive issues Read the rest of this entry »

European and African Union Commission on Space and Africa

Following the High Level Political Meeting on Space and Africa Vice President Tajani, European Commission, and Commissioner Ezin, African Union Commission, issued the following statement Read the rest of this entry »

Access to medicines in Africa and Europe
Africa and Europe in Partnership
The process on corporate responsibility in the field of pharmaceuticals should facilitate discussions on ethics and transparency of the sector but also on non-regulatory conditions for better access to medicines after their marketing authorisation. A distinction is made between three platforms – (1) ethics and transparency (2) access to medicines Read the rest of this entry »

“We have strategic partners, now we need a strategy”, says Van Rompuy

European Council
In the run up of the next European Council meeting this week, Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the European Council, commented on the importance of an effective and coherent foreign policy and the EU’s strategic partners by making the following statement Read the rest of this entry »

EU approves EUR 264 million to help 19 African, Caribbean and Pacific States face the consequences of the economic crisis
The European Commission approved the first financing decisions under the EUR 264 million 2010 allocation for the so-called Vulnerability FLEX mechanism to help the most vulnerable African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries Read the rest of this entry »

EU appoints new permanent representative to ECOWAS
Afrique Avenir
The European Union (EU) has appointed, David MacRae, as its new Permanent Representative to the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Read the rest of this entry »

The chairperson of the Commission strongly condemns continued terrorist attacks against AMISOM

The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Jean Ping, received with sadness and regret, the news of the killing of 4 Ugandan peacekeepers serving the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). These peacekeepers died as a result of Read the rest of this entry »

International leaders call for new commitments at African Green Revolution Forum
International leaders expressed their commitment to transforming agriculture in Africa while opening the inaugural African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in at the Accra International Conference Centre, Ghana. Read the rest of this entry »

Statement of Jean Ping on the resignation of Somalia’s Prime Minister
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Jean Ping, welcomes the selfless decision by the Prime Minister of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke to relinquish his position in the interest of restoring harmony Read the rest of this entry »

Africa’s Competing Influences

European Voice
November’s summit will test the EU’s response to Africa’s old problem of security and its new options for development. Few things concentrate the minds of EU officials as much as a forthcoming summit. The third-ever get-together of EU and African Read the rest of this entry »

The end of democratic conditionality: good riddance?
In recent years, the use of democratic conditionality has almost disappeared from Western foreign policies. Governments have reverted to attaching a high priority to deepening political engagement with autocratic regimes. Read the rest of this entry »

Joint Workshop on the “Africa-EU Platform for Dialogue on Governance”
African Union
The joint workshop sought “to refine respective African and European positions on the content, format and modalities of the Platform, in view of developing a consolidated joint Africa/EU approach”. The following documents illustrate the process: The agenda, the preparatory notes,  a note comparing the positions of the EU and the AUC and a note on operationalising the platform Read the rest of this entry »

Selection of recent and upcoming events
1 September: Africa Working Group meeting, Council of the EU (Brussels, Belgium)
2-4 September: African Green Revolution Forum 2010 (Accra, Ghana)
5-8 September: African Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (Pre-conference) (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
5-9 September: 25th European PV Solar Energy Conference and 5th World Conference on PV Conversion (Valencia, Spain)
8 September: Working Party on Dual Use Goods, Council of the EU (Brussels, Belgium)
10 September: EU Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) (Brussels, Belgium)
10 September: JAI-RELEX Working Party (JAIEX) – Justus Lipsius Building (Brussels, Belgium)
10-11 September: EU Foreign Affairs Ministers’ Meeting (informal) (Brussels, Belgium)
13 September: Foreign Affairs Council (Brussels, Belgium)
13-14 September: Quality & Efficiency in the Asylum Process: Conference (Brussels, Belgium)
13-14 September: EU-AU meeting to discuss mandate, objectives, and basic underpinnings of the EU-AU Platform for Dialogue (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
13-15 September: Regional Seminar on EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations (Cape Town, South Africa)
13-14 September: Platform for Dialogue Workshop of the Democratic Governance and Human Rights Partnership
14-15 September: High Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (Vienna, Austria)
15-17 September: JEG meeting of the Democratic Governance and Human Rights Partnership
15-17 September: JEG meeting for partnership Science, Information society & Space
15-17 September: Senior Officials Meeting for the Migration, Mobility and Employment partnership
20-22 September: UN MDG Review High Level Event (New York City, USA)
21 September: International Peace Day
21-22 September: Civil society meeting on the Africa-EU Strategy (Brussels, Belgium)
27 September: “Partnership Africa: New horizons for EU- and inter-African cooperation” organized by Friends of Europe (Brussels, Belgium)
27-30 September: 3rd meeting of ACP Ministers in charge of Asylum, Migration and Mobility (Brussels, Belgium)
27-30 September: 2nd Intra-ACP Migration Facility Technical Workshop (Brussels, Belgium)
27-30 September: 21st Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly and 21st Session of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly (Brussels, Belgium)
29 September: ACP-EU JPA Bureau (Brussels, Belgium)
4 October: ACP-EU JPA-3 committees – 2 in EP, 1 in ACP house (Brussels, Belgium)
10-11 October: EP-PAP parliamentary meeting (Midrand, South Africa)
14 October: EARN and West African Institute for international research on regional integration and social transformations public debate “Europe-Africa: A Changing Relationship?” (Praia, Cape Verde)
17 October: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
18 October: Joint AU PSC/EU PSC (Brussels, Belgium)
18-20 October: ADEA (Agency for the development of enterprises in Africa)’s annual EURAFRIC-PARTNERS Forum (Lyon, France)
19-20 October: Steering Committee Meeting (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
21-22 October: AU-EU Joint Task Force Meeting
21-22 October: Development Ministers’ Meeting (informal) (Brussels, Belgium)
25-29 October: Eighth International Conference of the African Association of Remote Sensing and the Environment  (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
end of October: Senior Officials Meeting for the overall EU-Africa Partnership
end of October: 15th Africa-EU Ministerial Meeting (Lilongwe, Malawi)
10-13 November: MEDays 2010 (Tangier, Morocco)
15 November: Final Conference of the VENRO Project “Prospects for Africa – Europe’s Policies” (Berlin, Germany)
18-19 November: 3rd annual gathering of the African Media Leaders Forum (Yaounde, Cameroon)
25-26 November: Africomm 2010: 2nd International ICST Conference on e-Infrastructures and Services for Developing Countries (Cape Town, South Africa)
26-28 November: EU-Africa Business Forum (Tripoli, Libya)
29-30 November: 3rd EU-Africa Summit (Tripoli, Libya)
4-5 December: World Climate Summit (Cancun, Mexico)

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