The Economic and Social Affairs Committee of the EU Section for external relations, ACP-EU Follow-up Committee, invited the Europe Africa Policy Research Network (EARN) to present on the opportunities and challenges of the implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) at their joint session on 18th May 2010, in Brussels. Fernanda Faria (IEEI/ECDPM) presented a background on the aims and objectives of EARN. Andrew Sherriff (ECDPM) presented on the challenges of implementing the JAES drawn from ECDPM recent scoping paper on the topic and Faten Aggad (ECDPM/SAIIA) presented on civil society engagement with the JAES.
Participants included members of ACP-EU Follow-up Committee from Europe and Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific. In the follow-up session representative Mr. Phillip Darmuzey Head of Unit of Panafrican issues and institutions, governance and migration at DG Development of the European Commission and Eva Martínez of the Spanish Foreign Ministry (as a representative of Chef du file of the Partnership) presented on the JAES Partnership on Migration, Mobility and Employment.
A good discussion was held about the challenges of implementation with the focus on the importance of the JAES being more concrete and tangible as well as having the appropriate political level engagement to ensure success.