Europafrica Bulletin Issue 41 – January/February 2011

This is the 41st 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. To subscribe click here. We appreciate any feedback on this newsletter and look forward to your reactions. You may send your comments to: europafrica@ecdpm.org

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JAES
• FEATURE
• GENERAL

• PEACE AND SECURITY PARTNERSHIP
• GOVERNANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS PARTNERSHIP
• TRADE, REGIONAL INTEGRATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERSHIP
• ENERGY PARTNERSHIP

• MDGs PARTNERSHIP
• CLIMATE CHANGE PARTNERSHIP
• MIGRATION, MOBILITY AND EMPLOYMENT PARTNERSHIP
• SCIENCE, INFORMATION SOCIETY AND SPACE PARTNERSHIP

Europe
Africa

Readings
Selection of recent and upcoming events

FEATURE
Europafrica interview with Renier Nijskens on behalf of the Belgian Presidency
Following Europafrica’s interview with representatives from the African Union and the European Commission. Europafrica posed questions about the JAES after the Summit to a representative of the Belgian Presidency: Renier Nijskens, Director of the Africa Desk at Federal Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Belgian Presidency has been involved with the JAES in cooperation with other European institutions. Read Mr. Nijskens’ written reply to our questions in French and their English translation here. Read the rest of this entry »

GENERAL
Second Action Plan for the implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy

Last week the Heads of State Summit in Tripoli adopted a new Action Plan for the period of 2011-2013. On top of the eight partnerships – Peace and Security, Democratic Governance and Human Rights, Regional Economic Integration, Trade and Infrastructure, Millennium Development Goals, Climate Change and Environment, Energy, Migration, Read the rest of this entry »

Tripoli Declaration
AU and EU
We, Heads of State and Governments of Africa and the European Union, representing more than 1.5 billion citizens have gathered in Tripoli on 29 – 30 November 2010 determined to seize together new opportunities for broader and mutually beneficial initiatives. Read the rest of this entry »

Closing remarks by EC President Barroso following the 3rd Africa-EU Summit press conference
EU
This has been a very successful summit. Europe and Africa are natural partners. We are bound together by a shared history. But more important than the past is the shared future that we can build, based on common values and mutual interests. Read the rest of this entry »

The Joint Africa-EU Strategy: Quo vadis after Tripoli?
TNI
Speaking at the Africa-EU Summit held in Tripoli in November, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso quoted an old African proverb to illustrate the spirit of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy: “If you want to go fast, walk alone. But if you want to go far, walk together with others,” he said. But three years after the adoption Read the rest of this entry »

VENRO considers Africa-EU Summit a disappointing outcome
VENRO
The Association of German Development Non-Governmental Organisations (VENRO) is disappointed over the outcome of the third Africa-EU Summit in Libya’s capital of Tripoli. No substantial results had been achieved Read the rest of this entry »

EU-Africa’s Summit plans left in tatters
New Europe
The build-up to the 29-30 November Africa-EU summit in Libya often felt like two continents perfecting their best laid plans. In the end, constant deviation from the script highlights why Europe-Africa relations require smaller, firmer steps rather than big, oversized strategic ambitions. Read the rest of this entry »

Ibn Chambas calls for new approach to Africa-EU partnership
Panapress
The Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, Ghanaian Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has called for a different approach to Africa’s development through a new partnership between the African continent and Europe to turn it into a win-win partnership. Read the rest of this entry »

Zuma disappointed by Europe-Africa partnership
BuaNews
President Jacob Zuma says the economic partnership that Africa entered with Europe 10 years ago has not produced the intended results for both regions. “We are concerned that after ten years of this partnership we have very little to show Read the rest of this entry »

Interview with French Minister Henri de Raincourt on the Summit
French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
“Les Echos” interviewed  Henri de Raincourt, Minister responsible for Cooperation, on EU-Africa relations and the French stance on it on Monday Read the rest of this entry »

Briefing: Africa-EU – Decision making after the Summit
EARN
This Africa Briefing will present the findings of the conference The dynamics of decision making in Africa, held in Pretoria on 8 and 9 November. That conference was organised by EGMONT – Royal Institute for International Relations, Institute for Global Dialogue and Institute for Security Studies and focused on determining ‘how’ and ‘why’ positions are arrived at within Africa’s continental and regional organisations Read the rest of this entry »

PEACE AND SECURITY PARTNERSHIP
Second Action Plan for the implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy: Partnership on Peace and Security

AU suspends the participation of Cote d’Ivoire in all AU activities
AU
The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 252nd meeting, held on 9 December 2010, adopted the following decision on the situation in Côte d’Ivoire Read the rest of this entry »

EU and Africa urge peaceful Sudan referendum
Reuters
The European Union and African states urged Sudan’s government on Tuesday to accept the results of next year’s referendum on whether the oil-producing south of the country should secede. The Jan. 9 referendum, part of a peace agreement that ended Read the rest of this entry »

GOVERNANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS PARTNERSHIP
Second Action Plan for the implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy:
Partnership on Democratic Governance and Human Rights

Southern Sudan Referendum
AU
On today’s commencement of polling in the self-determination referendum for Southern Sudan provided for by the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), the independent international referendum observation missions of the African Union, The Carter Center, the European Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development and the League of Arab States Read the rest of this entry »

46th Meeting of the APR Panel
AU
The 46th meeting of the Panel of Eminent Persons of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) takes  place from 13 to 14 January 2011 in Johannesburg, South Africa, one month following the meeting held in the same city from 12 to 13 December 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

Niger: EU to observe the presidential and legislative elections
EU
The European Union is deploying an Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) for the presidential and legislative elections in Niger, scheduled to take place on 31 January 2011. The EU EOM is led by a Chief Observer, Santiago Fisas Ayxela, Member of the European Parliament. It will comprise 38 observers who currently assess pre-election preparations Read the rest of this entry »

TRADE, REGIONAL INTEGRATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERSHIP
Second Action Plan for the implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy: Partnership on Regional Economic Integration, Trade and Infrastructure

Implementation of the “Port Moresby Agreement” in the framework of the EU-Africa Partnership on Infrastructure
AU
Within the framework of the EU-Africa Infrastructure Partnership objectives to support increased investment in Infrastructure in Africa’s regional and continental-level, the “Port Moresby Agreement” under 9th EDF funding, provides financing for the preparation of priority actions and studies in the transport, energy and ICT sectors, Read the rest of this entry »

Interview with H.E. Mr Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission
TNI
What are in your view the main challenges and drivers for regional integration in Africa? How can the AUC best support the Regional Economic Communities and the pan-African integration process? Read the rest of this entry »

Interview with EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht
TNI
In the new EU trade strategy, what are your main priorities? Read the rest of this entry »

Interview with H.E Dr. Mohammed Chambas, Secretary General of the ACP Group of States
TNI
After a few months as Secretary General of the ACP group, what is your priority action plan regarding trade issues, notably when it comes to ACP-EU trade issues? Read the rest of this entry »

ENERGY PARTNERSHIP
Second Action Plan for the implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy:
Partnership on Energy

Austria calls for Africa and EU green energy cooperation
Global Arab Network Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger has called for greater energy cooperation between Europe and African states. Addressing the Africa-EU summit which opened in Tripoli on Monday, Spindelegger said that long-term energy solutions were the core of a successful fight against poverty, and for a “green economy”. Read the rest of this entry »

MDGs PARTNERSHIP
Second Action Plan for the implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy:
Partnership on the Millennium Development Goals


CLIMATE CHANGE PARTNERSHIP
Second Action Plan for the implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy:
Partnership on Climate Change and Environment

Zambia: Africans refuse signing a draft declaration on climate change in Libya
lusakatimes.com
Ministers and heads of African states refused to pass a draft declaration on climate change at the on-going Africa-EU summit, it is said. Participating ministers refused to pass the draft Joint Africa- EU Declaration on Climate Change because it only showed the EU position Read the rest of this entry »

Climate change: Progress in Cancun, work begins on Durban
IRIN
A new deal on climate change, struck in Cancun, Mexico, has brought greater optimism, and opened the way to addressing loss and damage in developing countries brought on by the impacts of global warming, including sea level rise. Read the rest of this entry »

MIGRATION, MOBILITY AND EMPLOYMENT PARTNERSHIP
Second Action Plan for the implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy:
Partnership on Migration, Mobility and Employment

Ping travels to Libya to address an Arab‐African conference on African migrants in Europe
AU
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Jean Ping has left for Tripoli, Libya where he will deliver a Keynote address to the General Forum of Arab-African Non-Governmental Organisation’s Conference on African Migrants in Europe, scheduled to take place on 15-17 January 2011, under the auspices of Read the rest of this entry »

Gaddafi Opens Africa-EU Summit Calling Halt To Illegal Migration
RTT News
Libyan leader Moammer Gaddafi opened on Monday the third Africa-EU Summit with a demand for European support in his efforts to combat illegal migration from Africa Read the rest of this entry »

AU.COMMIT launch and workshop on operationalising the Oagadougou Action Plan to combat trafficking in human beings
AU
The  African Union Commission Initiatives against Trafficking (AU.COMMIT CAMPAIGN) was at the center of reflection  at a capacity building workshop bringing  high officials of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Member States, the East Africa Community (EAC),  the RECs Read the rest of this entry »

SCIENCE, INFORMATION SOCIETY AND SPACE PARTNERSHIP
Second Action Plan for the implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy:
Partnership on Science, Information Society and Space

2010 Euro-Africa Week on ICT Research and e-Infrastructures
eI-Africa
Bringing together around 325 attendees coming from 55 different countries over Europe and Africa, the “2010 Euro-Africa Week on ICT Research and e-Infrastructures” took place in Helsinki, Finland, on December 7-10 and ended on a very high note of optimism. Read the rest of this entry »

Europe

Third EU-Africa summit: MEPs call for an EU law on “blood minerals”

EP
The European Parliament backed plans to create an EU law ensuring traceability of imported minerals, as a tool to combat illegal exploitation of conflict minerals in African countries, in a resolution passed on Wednesday. This resolution assesses the outcome of the third EU-Africa summit of African and European heads of state in Tripoli on 30 November. Read the rest of this entry »

Piebalgs at AU Summit to push for more stability in view of sustainable development
EU
EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs will attend the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa on 30/31 January. Leaders will meet to discuss the theme of the summit – “Greater Unity and Integration through Shared Values”. The European Union is working in close partnership with the African Union Read the rest of this entry »

President of the European Council on the situation in Egypt
EU
Since the events in Tunisia, I am following with great attention the developments in the region. I would like to express my deepest sympathy and condolences to the families and friends of the victims of violence. Read the rest of this entry »

EU High Representative on Tunisia
EU
Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, made the following statement today Read the rest of this entry »

Africa
African Union Summit to discuss Unity, Integration and Shared Values

AU
Holding under the theme: “Towards Greater Unity and Integration through Shared Values” ,  the 16th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) will officially kick off on  Monday 24 January 2011, with the  meeting  of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) at the  AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Read the rest of this entry »

AU Peace and Security Council urges ICC to defer its arrest warrant against the Sudanese president
The Sudan Tribune
The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (PSC) has urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to defer its arrest warrant against Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. The AU on Tuesday received briefing on the situation of Sudan and the activities of the AU High Level Implementation of Panel Read the rest of this entry »

COMESA, EAC and SADC sign MoU
The Southern Times
President Hifikepunye Pohamba signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) steering the direction of future co-operation between the Common Markets for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East Africa Community (EAC) and SADC. Read the rest of this entry »

Ping receives President of Assembly of States Parties to Rome Statute
AU
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Jean Ping, received today, Tuesday, 25 January 2011, in his office at AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute. Read the rest of this entry »

Readings
Bridging the credibility gap: Challenges for ACP-EU relations in 2011

ECDPM
Relations between the European Union and its partners in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) are in a parlous state. Past readers of this annual review will know that we regularly refer to ACP-EU relations as being at a critical juncture, and this is certainly true at the start of 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

Social protection for inclusive development: A new perspective in EU cooperation with Africa
ERD
Despite Sub-Saharan Africa’s generally positive economic performance in recent years, poverty remains a huge concern, as does the region’s susceptibility to internal and external shocks. What can be done to protect existing gains, further combat poverty, and promote resilience to unexpected shocks? 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)
24-31 January: African Union Summit: “Towards Greater Unity and Integration through Shared Values” (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
8-9 February: The Future of Africa is Now! The Critical Role of Capacity Development (Kigali, Rwanda)
9-10 February: Implementing the Lisbon Treaty (The Square, Brussels, Belgium)
April:  AU-EU Ministerial Meeting (Brussels, Belgium)
16-18 May: ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (Budapest, Hungary)
July:  EC legislative proposals on the Common Agricultural Policy post- 2013
October: AU-EU Ministerial Meeting
21-22 November: ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (Sierra Leone)
29 November – 09 December: COP 17, (South Africa)
29 November -1 December: 4th High Level Forum on aid effectiveness (Busan, Korea)

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