EU ministers pledge more efforts for Africa partnership

EU ministers pledge more efforts for Africa partnership

EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg committed to working closely with their African partners for an “ambitious and successful” EU-Africa summit in Abidjan.

Faced with an unprecedented migration crisis, ministers devoted part of their time in an effort to streamline policies aimed at building more resilient states and societies in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as creating more and better jobs, especially for young people.

The Africa-EU Partnership: a renewed impetus joint communication adopted last May stated that in the changing global context, it is in the EU’s strategic interest to deepen and adapt its long-standing partnership with Africa. A stronger political relationship is envisaged, as well as turning strategic objectives into actions and taking on board Africa’s vision. A series of flagship initiatives has been spelled out.

The nine-page Council conclusions adopted yesterday stress that the EU and its member states are Africa’s main partner in the fields of foreign investment, trade, place of origin for remittances, development and humanitarian assistance, and security and defence.

The general view is that better partnerships in all fields, from climate change to security, economic development, migration and humanitarian support are the best way to manage migration and prevent radicalisation.

“A new partnership means that Europeans shift their focus to development through investments, democracy, good governance, and education, whilst Africans also have their share of responsibility. To this end, the implementation of a long-term EU development plan for Africa is essential”,Gianni Pittella, leader of the European Parliament’s S&D group.

Source: EURACTIV. Read full article here.
20 June, 2017