Europafrica Bulletin Issue 40 – November 2010

On the eve of the 3rd EU-Africa Heads of State Summit in Libya this is the 40th issue of the Europafrica bulletin, which will give you an up-date on the implementation process of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy and other relevant material. The bulletin is issued approximately 10 times a year. Subscribe or unsubscribe through: We appreciate any feedback on this newsletter and look forward to your reactions. You may send your comments to:

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Selection of recent and upcoming events

Communiqué 15th Africa-EU Ministerial Meeting

Within the framework of the Africa-EU Dialogue, the 15th Ministerial Meeting took place in Lilongwe, Malawi, on 19 November 2010. The Meeting was Read the rest of this entry »

Communication from the European Commission on Africa-EU relations
Ahead of the Africa-EU Summit taking place from 29-30 November in Libya, the Commission presents today its proposals for a consolidation of the Africa-EU relations. Read the rest of this entry »

JAES Draft Action Plan 2011-2013
AU and EU
The draft of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES)’s Action Plan 2011-2013 for the eight Partnerships has been laid out in the report of the 11th meeting of the Joint AUC-EC Task Force (JTF) Read the rest of this entry »

Report of the 11th Meeting of the Joint AUC-EC Task Force
and EU Following their 11th meeting in October the Joint Africa-EU Task Force (JTF) issued a report whose first ten key points provide a good overview of the meeting Read the rest of this entry »

Africa-EU civil society forum adopts position on the Joint Africa-EU Strategy ahead of summit
WECO The Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES), signed in December 2007, was designed as a ‘people-centred partnership’ that aims at providing ‘a permanent platform for information, participation and mobilisation of a broad spectrum of civil society actors in the EU, Africa and beyond’ Read the rest of this entry »

EU-Africa Pre-Summit Meeting
Ahead of the 3rd Africa-EU Summit this EARN event provided a timely opportunity: (i) to discuss the Joint Africa-EU Strategy’s (JAES) main achievements, as well as the difficulties encountered in strengthening the political partnership and in enhancing cooperation between the two continents; and (ii) to gather views of African and European Read the rest of this entry »

A partnership centred on people, not on institutions
A series of high-level side-events will take place in the margins of the Summit. African and European representatives of civil society, youth, the private sector, trade unions, researchers and scientists will discuss ways to strengthen the Partnership and to consolidate their active participation. They will provide an additional impetus to the Joint Strategy as a “people-centred partnership” Read the rest of this entry »

Message by President Van Rompuy ahead of the EU-Africa Summit
On Monday and Tuesday, I will be in Tripoli for the third EU-Africa Summit. I am delighted to be representing the European Union at this summit in the ancient city of Tripoli. We in Europe have a particularly close and special relationship with our African neighbours. Read the rest of this entry »

EU, Africa to focus on economic ties
European Voice
Talks between the European Union and Africa could be undermined if too many EU leaders decide to stay away. Read the rest of this entry »

German Civil Society: The Africa-EU Partnership must be enforced
The Joint Africa- EU Strategy is an important instrument to strengthen the partnership between the two continents. However, the Strategy can only be successful if more actors are involved in the process Read the rest of this entry »

Libya pressed to block Bashir from attending 3rd Africa-EU Summit
The Sudan Tribune
The European Union (EU) expressed its objections to Libya over the possible attendance of the Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir at the 3rd Africa-EU Summit that will take place on November 29th, according to a newspaper report. Read the rest of this entry »

Ensuring Peace and Security in Africa: Implementing the New Africa-EU Partnership

Chatham House
This paper summarizes the main points made at a conference which analysed the current state of, and future prospects for EU/ African cooperation on security in light of the  Joint Africa-EU Strategy Read the rest of this entry »

Summit Raises Hope for Better Communication Between Addis and Brussels
“The growing institutional working relations between the AU and the EU and enhanced delegation presence in their respective regions, should be translated into an effective communication and understanding between Addis Ababa and Brussels. Read the rest of this entry »

10th anniversary of the UN Resolution on Women, Peace and Security: Belgian EU Presidency outlines the EU’s vision
Belgian EU Presidency
Olivier Chastel, State Secretary for European Affairs, spoke on behalf of High Representative Cathy Ashton, in the context of the 10th anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. Read the rest of this entry »

UN Security Council re-authorizes action against piracy off Somali coast
The Security Council yesterday renewed for another 12 months the authorizations granted to States and regional organizations cooperating with Somalia’s transitional government to fight piracy off the country’s coast. Read the rest of this entry »

Constitutive meeting of the Africa-EU Platform for Dialogue on Governance Issues

On the occasion of the launch of the Africa-EU platform for Dialogue on Governance Issues H.E. Emile Ognimba, Director for Political Affairs at the African Union Commission, made the following statement: Read the rest of this entry »

Strengthening cooperation between Europe and Africa on democratic reform
Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy
In October 2010 the Belgian Presidency, in collaboration with Observatoire de l’Afrique and the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD), organised an international conference on how to strengthen cooperation between Europe and Africa on democratic reform. Read the rest of this entry »

Africa-EU Draft Agenda for Improving Public and Corporate Governance
Africa and Europe in Partnership
On 24/25 October 2010 representatives from public institutions, civil society and the private sector from Africa and the EU informally met in Candenabbia, Italy, to exchange views on public and corporate governance. Read the rest of this entry »

4th EU-Africa Business Forum

EU-Africa Business Forum
The 4th EU-Africa Business Forum (EABF) will take place on 26-28 November  at the margins of the 3rd Africa-EU Summit. Read the rest of this entry »

Which Way Forward in EPA Negotiations? Seeking Political leadership to address bottlenecks
The EPAs have been presented as advanced and far-reaching instruments for binding trade and development. A failure to deliver on these development promises would be a serious setback to the EU trade and development agenda, including in the context of the Doha Round. Read more »

African trade ministers adopt declaration on the EPAs
The economies of Africa, the world’s poorest region, are under severe threat from free trade agreements that they are under pressure to sign with the European Union, the world’s richest region. Under these economic partnership agreements (EPAs), Europe wants Africa to open up its economies to European goods, services and companies Read the rest of this entry »

Chairperson Ping Urged Joint AU-RECs-ECA-AfDB Coordination Committee to Accelerate the Integration Process of the Continent
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Mr. Jean Ping, urged the joint AU-RECs-ECA-AfDB Coordination Committee to speed up actions leading to the effective implementation of its programmes in a bid to concretise the integration of the continent. Read the rest of this entry »

EU expects Summit to note progress on Energy Partnership

As a note from the Council of the EU to the EU Delegations on the theme of energy and international relations outlines: “The third Africa-EU Summit will take place in Tripoli, Libya, on 29-30 November 2010, and is expected to note progress in the Africa-EU Energy Partnership Read the rest of this entry »

First All Africa Energy Week Kicks Off In Maputo
Two thirds of Africans do not have access to electricity. It is to address this vast challenge to Africa’s development that the African Union (AU), the African Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) launched the first ever All Africa Energy Week in Maputo Read the rest of this entry »

EU grants MEDGAZ Consortium 500m euros for pipeline project
The European Investment Bank (EIB) announces a EUR 500 million loan to MEDGAZ for the construction of a gas pipeline between Algeria and Spain. The finance contract was signed this morning in Madrid by Read the rest of this entry »

Better Training for Safer Food programme

African Union
Over two hundred Experts in the domain of agriculture and related activities are expected to converge on 18 November 2010,  at the European Union headquarters in Brussels to brainstorm  on how to enhance the Better Training for Safer Food programme (BTSF) Read the rest of this entry »

Poverty and hunger remain key issues for the EU-Africa Partnership, according to Europe’s citizens
The special Eurobarometer ‘The EU and Africa: working towards closer partnership’ aims to gauge the European public’s views on the key issues that should be addressed in cooperation between Africa and the EU ahead of the 3rd Africa-EU Summit in Libya on 29-30 November. Read the rest of this entry »

Non-State Actor participation in CAADP
Over the last month, we have made considerable progress on defining how to boost the participation of Non-State Actors in the Cromprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Porgramme (CAADP) process Read the rest of this entry »

Africa: EU-India deal could threaten access to essential HIV drugs
As Indian and European officials meet in Brussels to thrash out the details of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), civil society activists are concerned the deal could mean tighter intellectual property protections that could reduce access to cheap Indian generic drugs. Read the rest of this entry »

Climate change: Africa is preparing for COP16

The Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC) will meet on 15 November 2010 at the Headquarters of the African Union (AU) to prepare and guide the African negotiating system to attend the 16th Conference of Parties (CoP16) meeting in Cancun, Mexico. CAHOSCC will review Read the rest of this entry »

3rd Africa-EU Summit: team up for more “Investment, Economic Growth and Job Creation”

On 29-30 November, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, Commission President José Manuel Barroso, and Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs, will attend the Africa-EU Summit in Tripoli Read the rest of this entry »

Trafficking in human beings: way paved for EU wide minimum rules
Belgian EU Presidency
A major step was taken today in the fight against trafficking in human beings. The Permanent Representatives Committee of the Council paved the way for EU wide minimum rules concerning the definition of criminal offences and the level of sanctions in the area of trafficking in human beings. Once adopted Read the rest of this entry »

GMES and Africa: side event to the 3rd Africa-EU Summit
At a side-event to the Africa-Europe Summit hosted by CERT in Hammamet, Tunisia, African and European stakeholders met to agree on implementation aspects of an Earth Observation partnership bridging the two Continents. Read the rest of this entry »

Investigating African e-Infrastructure Applications of the Future
The 2nd ERINA4Africa Workshop ‘Investigating African e-Infrastructure Applications of the Future’ was held in Lilongwe, Malawi on the 6th and 7th October 2010.   Facilitated by a pioneering three-party high-definition video-conference session, medical experts at university hospitals in Malawi, Rwanda and Sweden Read the rest of this entry »

Event to Assess Ways of Improving Science and Technology Collaboration Between Europe and Africa
European and African scientists and project coordinators will assess ways of improving the impact of EU-Africa coordination and scientific projects when they meet in Marseille, France, this month. Read the rest of this entry »

European Commission makes further senior management appointments

The Commission today took a number of decisions as part of its mobility policy for senior staff and in order to fill senior management positions in reorganised Directorates-General. As a result of the creation of the European External Action Service, the Commission recently created a new Directorate General, DG DEVCO Read the rest of this entry »

EU High Representative on Presidential elections in Guinea
The spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement today Read the rest of this entry »

Britain’s Voice Weakened at EU-Africa Summit
Chatham House
The approaching third summit of African and EU Heads of States in Tripoli should be used by the new UK coalition government to signal it takes Africa seriously. Africa is increasingly seen by European policy makers as a continent of opportunity rather than humanitarian crisis. The United Kingdom risks missing a key opportunity Read the rest of this entry »

AU operationalizes the Treaty of Pelindaba

The First Conference of States Parties to the African Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty (Treaty of Pelindaba) took place at the AU Headquarters, in Addis Ababa, on 4 November 2010. The Conference was held in accordance with Read the rest of this entry »

Third meeting of AU and RECs on Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution (RMs)
On the occasion of the third Meeting of the chief executives of the African Union and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs)/ Regional Mechanisms For Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution (RMs) the following declaration was issued Read the rest of this entry »

Africa-EU Relations Between the Summits

This paper seeks to explore how EU-Africa relations have evolved between the Summits involving the Heads of State and whether they have lived up to the high expectations and commitments included in the Joint Africa-EU Strategy signed in Lisbon in 2007 Read the rest of this entry »

The EU and Africa: The policy context for development
/BOND This November 2010 paper from ECDPM and the British Overseas NGOs for Development (BOND) seeks to explore the policy context for EU – Africa relations. It gives a brief overview of the changing context in Africa and the EU and then explores the various policy frameworks for EU-Africa relations including analysis of topical themes Read the rest of this entry »

Security through democracy: Between aspiration and pretence
The EU conceives democracy as providing the political foundation necessary to sustaining all other dimensions of security. EU High Representative Catherine Ashton has described the concern with human rights and democracy as the ‘silver thread’ running through the whole gamut of EU external strategic policy Read the rest of this entry »

Beyond Development Aid
Beyond Development Aid is a publication of the Europe-Africa Policy Research Network (EARN) that intends to address the EU-Africa political dialogue on global issues of common concern. It is published at the initiative of the three institutes in charge of the EARN Working Group on Global Issues Read the rest of this entry »

France in Africa: from paternalism to pragmatism
The changing nature of France-Africa relations is key in light of the Africa-European Union Summit in November 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

Selection of recent and upcoming events
1-5 November: First All-Africa Energy Week: “Energy Infrastructure and Services in the Context of Climate Challenges” (Maputo, Mozambique)
4-5 November: Regional Meeting on Aid Effectiveness to Promote New Vision for Development (Tunis, Tunisia)
5 November: First Conference of States Parties to the African Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty (Treaty of Pelindaba) (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
8-10 November: AU-EU CSO Intercontinental Forum (Cairo, Egypt)
8-11 November: Fourth Meeting of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (Puerto Vallata, Mexico)
10-13 November: MEDays 2010 (Tangier, Morocco)
12 November: Constitutive Meeting of the Platform on Democratic Governance and Human Rights (Brussels, Belgium)
15 November: Final Conference of the VENRO Project “Prospects for Africa – Europe’s Policies” (Berlin, Germany)
16-19 November: Senior Officials Meeting for the overall EU-Africa Partnership
and 15th Africa-EU Ministerial Meeting (Lilongwe, Malawi)
18-19 November: High Level International Conference as a follow up of “Better Training for Safer Food (BTSF) Africa (Brussels, Belgium)
18-19 November: 3rd annual gathering of the African Media Leaders Forum (Yaounde, Cameroon)
22 November – 3 December: Third Meeting of Government Experts on the Legal Instruments on the Transformation of the African Union Commission into the African Union authority (Addis Ababa)
23-24 November: Side event: Nyerere – Supporting academic mobility and revitalisation of higher education in Africa (Cape Town, South Africa)
25-26 November: Africomm 2010: 2nd International ICST Conference on e-Infrastructures and Services for Developing Countries (Cape Town, South Africa)
26-28 November: Africa-Europe Youth Summit (Tripoli, Libya)
26-28 November: EU-Africa Business Forum (Tripoli, Libya)
26 November – 5 December: 20th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (Brussels, Belgium)
29-30 November: 3rd EU-Africa Summit (Tripoli, Libya)
4-5 December: World Climate Summit (Cancun, Mexico)
7-8 December: 3rd Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research (Helsinki, Finland)
9-10 December: 2010 Euro-Africa e-Infrastructures Conference (Helsinki, Finland)

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