Report of the 11th Meeting of the Joint AUC-EC Task Force

AU and EU Following their 11th meeting in October the Joint Africa-EU Task Force (JTF) issued a report whose first ten keypoints provide a  good overview of the meeting:

“1. The Eleventh meeting of the Joint Africa-EU Task Force (JTF) was held on 20-21 October 2010 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The opening plenary session was co-chaired by Mr. Klaus Rudischhauser, Director, DG Development in the European Commission and by Amb. John Kayode Shinkaiye, Chief of Staff in the Bureau of the AU Commission Chairperson. The meeting was also attended by co-Chairs of the Joint Expert Groups (JEGs), Chefs de file, representatives of AU and EU Presidencies, Member-States, the EU Council Secretariat, Pan-african Parliament and the Civil Society from both continents.

2. The Co-chairs welcomed participants and highlighted the importance of this Joint Task Force meeting, which provided an opportunity to further advance in the preparation of the 3rd Africa-EU Summit (Tripoli, Libya, 29-30 November 2010). They noted that although some steady progress had been made in the implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, some challenges were still being encountered. These challenges could be overcome through enhanced political dialogue and coordination, strengthened institutional architecture and working arrangements, as well as through dialogue on financing mechanisms.

3.    The Co-chairs called on the Joint Task Force to focus on finalising the Second Action Plan covering the period, 2011-2013. In this context, the Task Force was urged to find common ground on areas where agreement has not yet been reached, as well as to ensure that the final submissions adhere to the agreed format.

4.    In the plenary session, discussions focused on the Summit agenda and preparations. It was noted that the overarching theme, “Investment, economic growth and employment creation”, was broken down into five sub-themes covering Regional Integration, Infrastructure and Private Sector Development; Climate Change and Energy; MDGs including Agriculture and Food Security; Peace and Security, Governance and Human Rights; and Migration, Mobility and Job Creation. It was stressed that presentations on the sub-themes should have clear linkages with the overarching theme. The meeting also agreed to suggest a reconsideration of the Summit Agenda to separate Peace and Security from Governance and Human Rights, with each being regarded as a stand alone sub-theme.

5. The meeting was informed that all Heads of States and Governments as well as observers from partner countries and international organisations had been invited by the host country. It was agreed that the size of the delegations of the observers should be restricted (indicatively 3 per delegation, with 1 access badge). With respect to logistical arrangements, The Libyan Authorities, supplemented by the AU Commission briefed the meeting on the state of play with regard to transport, accommodation, visa, landing and parking arrangements for Presidential Jets. They indicated that detailed information on all logistical aspects of the Summit has been made available on http://www.afroeurope.org.ly

6.    The meeting noted with appreciation the high level of mobilisation of stakeholders as well as the side events, some of which had already taken place. The meeting confirmed that the following events will be hosted in Libya: Private sector, Youth, Parliaments and a Cultural exhibition. It was agreed to limit the reporting of side events to the Summit to those taking place in Libya (Parliament, Private sector, Youth Forum). Messages/outcomes from the other side events can also be incorporated into the Communiqué. For the full list of Summit side events see Annex 2. Information concerning the side events and Summit preparations will be available on the joint website (www.africa-eu-partnership.org)

7.  The meeting noted the progress made in the drafting of the Tripoli Declaration which should focus on the following elements:

  • Political vision/renewed commitments and new context since Lisbon.
  • Specificity of the EU-Africa partnership.
  • Addressing global challenges together.
  • A first draft has been prepared and will be circulated through the official channels for comments by the European and African States.

8.    The meeting also noted that the Second Action Plan, which is one of the deliverable of the Summit, will contain an introductory section, cross-cutting issues, and a thematic part. The introductory section will highlight the political content of the partnership and its relation to the overarching theme of the Summit. In this respect, suggestions made by the Joint Task Force will be considered during the process of finalisation of the document.

9.    The meeting stressed the need for effective communication and outreach throughout the process, and in this context, took note with appreciation of the Communication Strategy elaborated jointly by the two Commissions.

10. During the bilateral meeting between the two Co-Chairs, the two sides discussed preparations for the next Summit, including the forthcoming Ministerial Dialogue Meeting/Troika to be held in Lilongwe on 19 November 2010. They also discussed Universal Jurisdiction and the Hissene Habré trial. The two Co-chairs agreed to continue their engagement on these issues.”

Further information:

  • Access the full version of the report here.
  • Access the 2011-13 Draft Action Plan for each of the Partnerships here.

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