Category Archives: EU-Africa

€200 million loan to Tunisia

The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has today approved the disbursement of a €200 million loan to Tunisia.

This disbursement marks the launch of the second Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA-II) programme to Tunisia. A total of €500 million will be disbursed in three instalments in 2017 and 2018.

“Today’s disbursement to Tunisia is proof of our strong commitment to support the successful economic recovery of one of our closest neighbours. With a renewed sense of urgency, Tunisia has reaffirmed its dedication to an effective partnership. The EU stands firmly with Tunisia in achieving prosperity for all of its people” –Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, said.

The second Macro-Financial Assistance programme was proposed following the terrorist attacks of 2015, which contributed to halting Tunisia’s economic recovery. This had a significant impact on the country’s balance of payments position and financing needs. The programme was agreed by the Council and the European Parliament on 6 July 2016.

The second and third instalments of the MFA-II (amounting to €150 million each) will be tied to the implementation of a number of policy conditions targeting fiscal consolidation as well as the improvement of Tunisia’s social assistance schemes and business climate.

The EU’s strategy of assistance to Tunisia also includes budget support programmes under the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI), of which Tunisia is a major recipient among the Southern Neighbourhood countries, and substantial loans from the European Investment Bank.

Mali: EU considers individual sanctions

The Council has transposed into legal acts the provisions of United Nations Security Council resolution 2374 (2017), which allows sanctions to be imposed on those actively stymieing progress in implementing the agreement on peace and reconciliation in Mali, signed in 2015.

The targeted individuals and entities will be designated, where appropriate, by the United Nations Security Council or Sanctions Committee as being responsible for or complicit in actions or policies that threaten the peace, security or stability of Mali.

In particular, that may cover engaging in hostilities in violation of the agreement on peace and reconciliation in Mali or in attacks against the Malian institutions and security and defence forces as well as against international presences, including United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission (MINUSMA) peacekeepers, the Group of Five for the Sahel (G5 Sahel) joint force, European Union missions and French forces.

It also includes obstructing the delivery of humanitarian assistance to Mali, engaging in human rights abuses, and the use or recruitment of children by armed groups or armed forces in the context of the conflict in Mali.

Sanctions against designated parties will include restrictions on admission of targeted individuals (ban on entry to the European Union) and the freezing of assets in the EU belonging to the targeted individuals or entities, in addition to prohibiting persons or entities established within the EU from making funds available to them.

The provisions can be found in full in the legal acts which will be published in the Official Journal on 29 September 2017. The legal acts were adopted by written procedure.

Europe stands by Angola in reforms

“As President of Angola João Lourenço officially takes office today in Angola, I look forward to co-operating with him and the new government to strengthen further our relationship and intensify our existing dialogue,” – announced EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini in her statement.

“The general elections’ process,  leading to a peaceful political transition, was a clear sign of Angolan people’s commitment to democracy”, – Mogherini continued.

“The European Union stands ready to support future electoral processes, including in ensuring equal access and treatment in media and the reform of the electoral legislation in line with international principles of inclusiveness and transparency,” – EU diplomat ensures.

“The EU will continue to support all efforts to build strong, democratic, and inclusive institutions that are dedicated to ensuring a peaceful and prosperous future for all Angolans, and to responding effectively to evolving regional and global challenges.”

MEPs to observe elections in Liberia

In response to an invitation by the Liberian authorities, the European Union has deployed an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Liberia to observe the general elections scheduled for 10 October. This is the fourth time that the European Union is observing general elections in Liberia reflecting the EU’s long-term commitment to supporting credible, transparent and inclusive elections in the country.

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy has appointed Ms. Maria Arena (Belgian, Socialists and Democrats, pictured) Member of the European Parliament, as Chief Observation mission.

“Liberia has succeeded in establishing a functioning democracy after two civil wars. These elections are key in the democratic history of the country” Mogherini said. ” The EU’s Electoral Observation Mission reflects our common resolve for credible, transparent and inclusive elections in the country. I am confident the Electoral Observation Mission led by Chief Observer Ms. Arena will make an important contribution to the electoral process”.

“It is a great honour to have been appointed Chief Observer of the EU Election Observation Mission in Liberia, a task that I accept with a great sense of responsibility. These elections are an important step in the consolidation of peace and the strengthening of the democratic institutions in the country. The EU EOM stands ready to accompany Liberia in this process,” – The Chief Observer, Ms. Arena, declared.

The EOM Core Team of 10 EU analysts arrived in Monrovia on 1st September. They will stay in the country until the completion of the elections and the finalisation of a comprehensive assessment of the electoral process, including recommendations for future elections. On 14 September 20 long-term observers were deployed to different regions of the country; they will be joined by an additional 34 short-term observers around election day.

A number of Liberia-based diplomats from EU Member States will reinforce the mission on Election Day. The EU EOM looks forward to cooperate with other international observation missions.

EU praises Kenya’s judiciary independence

“The Kenyan Supreme Court’s ordering of a re-run of the Presidential elections is a strong demonstration of the independence of the Kenyan judiciary and the strength of national democracy. The appeal procedure is in line with the democratic process as prescribed in the Constitution of Kenya” – says the text of the statement released by the European External Action Service (EEAS), signed by its head Federica Mogherini.

“At this important time, the court decision requires all political forces and the Kenyan people to act with the highest sense of responsibility and full respect for the rule of law and the Constitution”  – the statement continues.

“All institutions involved in the re-run of the elections should now be given the space to continue to work independently and start preparing for new transparent, credible, inclusive and peaceful elections, fulfilling all the requirements of the Constitution and the election law. A peaceful election campaign will require political leaders to use their authority.”

“The EU is continuing to support Kenya in these efforts. The EU Election Observation Mission will stay in the country until the completion of the electoral process.”

“Kenya is a key partner for the European Union in the region and we are committed to strengthening our relationship further after the elections.”

EU responds to migrant crisis with investments in Africa

“Our friends in Africa have long told us “the cause is poverty” – said EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini, addressing Paris ‘mini-summit’ on mass migration.

“… We do not need to invent a new Marshall Plan, we already have a European plan that is in the field, which is in action and that certainly can be used by all Europeans, by all Africans in an even more effective way” – Mogherini continued.

“In the coming days, we will also launch a private investment plan supported by the European Commission, which will be able to mobilize up to € 44 billion in private investment in Africa for economic development. € 2 billion of projects related to the immigration sector have already been approved and are being implemented under the Trust Fund which was created at the top of Valletta, of which € 1 billion is for the Sahel countries alone. € 100 million from the European Union to fund the centers of the International Migration Organization in 14 African countries including Nigeria, Chad and Libya”

The European Union and the EU Member States together invest € 20 billion a year in Africa in a number of areas, from development cooperation, private investment, humanitarian, to work on peace and security.

 

EU on terrorist attack in Nigeria

A terrorist bombing on a market in north east Borno state in Nigeria has caused many deaths and injuries. We extend our sincere condolences to the victims and their families and our thoughts are with all those affected by this.

The EU reaffirms its full solidarity with the Nigerian government and people in their fight against terrorism. Together, we are determined to promote and support cooperation among the neighbouring countries and communities.

The EU is at the forefront of international efforts to help address the humanitarian needs of victims of Boko Haram in the region as well as the root causes of the radicalisation and violent extremism through concrete projects and funding.  The EU is also supporting the African Union led Multinational Joint Task Force whose action aims at eradicating the threat of Boko Haram.

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