Category Archives: EU-Africa

Castaldo calls EU to support democracy in Kenya

Strasbourg. Ahead of  the plenary debate on foreign affairs, Fabio CASTALDO, vice-president of European Parliament (Italy, Five Star Movement*), warns about dangers of deepening of democratic crisis in Kenya, and calls for an intense diplomatic actions of the EU to ensure restoration of fundamental rights and further peaceful development of the East African country. The outbreaks of violence are of particular concern, threatening the stability, and multiple economic projects aiming at raising the living standards of Kenyans.

Liberia “new era” after elections

The EU sends its congratulations to George Weah for his victory in the Presidential elections in Liberia as announced by the National Elections Commission.

“All political leaders showed responsibility in accepting swiftly the outcome of the elections. The professionalism of the Liberian Institutions, in particular the National Elections Commission and the Liberian National Police, was key,” – says the text of the statement of the European External Action Service spokesperson.

“The high and peaceful participation of Liberian people contributed to the success of the electoral process. These elections open a new era after twelve years of successful leadership by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.”

“The EU Election Observation Mission, headed by Chief Observer Maria Arena, observed the elections in close cooperation with national and international actors. It began its work in Liberia since September 2017, observed the full process of the elections and will soon issue its final report. The report will include recommendations for the strengthening of Liberia’s future electoral processes. The important role of ECOWAS and UNMIL during the elections are positive expressions of the role of regional and international organisations.”

“The recent presidential executive order will allow a peaceful transition process from the current government to the new one. The EU will remain an important and reliable partner of Liberia and is ready to continue working with the new Government on national issues, as well as on regional and international challenges.”

EU in stand by for South Sudan

“The signature of the Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities, Protection of Civilians, and Humanitarian Access is an important step towards a resolution of the conflict in South Sudan. The Agreement was signed yesterday in Addis Ababa by the parties to the conflict in South Sudan. The European Union signed as an official witness alongside other international partners.” –  the says the statement by the spokesperson on the signature of the Cessation of Hostilities agreement for South Sudan.”

“This took place in the context of the High Level Revitalisation Forum, which started on 18 December and is led by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). In particular, the efforts of the facilitation, led by IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan, Ambassador Ismail Wais, are commendable.”

“Over the last few days, South Sudanese participants have shown their commitment to constructive dialogue and compromise. Now, the implementation of the agreement will be essential, as the situation in South Sudan remains critical.”

“All parties to the conflict should respect their commitment to the cessation of hostilities and create the conditions for humanitarian access. The EU remains ready to apply any necessary tools, including restrictive measures, towards individuals obstructing the way towards progress, in line with the African Union Peace and Security Council Communiqué of 20 September.”

L’UE appelle au dialogue au Burundi

La récente session de la médiation organisée par la Communauté des Etats de l’Afrique centrale à Arusha sur la situation au Burundi n’a pas permis de parvenir à des conclusions conjointes.

L’Union européenne renouvèle son appel au dialogue entre tous les acteurs burundais qui est la seule voie possible pour établir une solution durable à la crise politique et exprime son plein soutien aux efforts de médiation en cours.

Dans ce contexte, le lancement d’un processus de révision constitutionnelle de manière unilatérale par le gouvernement comporte plusieurs risques. Il va à contre courant des efforts de concertation et pourrait conduire à l’abandon de dispositions clés de l’Accord de paix d’Arusha, qui reste à ce jour le principal instrument pour la paix et la stabilité du Burundi et de la région.

L’Union européenne rappelle qu’un engagement sincère et sérieux de tous les acteurs burundais, en particulier du gouvernement, soutenu par les pays de la région, est nécessaire à la réussite de la mission confiée au Président Mkapa.

 

Vicegrad4 pledges millions for African migrants in Italy

The Vicegrad4 group of countries – Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic – have vowed to contribute amount of 35 million euro to support Italy in projects aiming at stopping illegal migration from Libya. The pledge was announced  ahead of an EU summit in Brussels focusing on issues including illegal mass migration in first ranks.

“We want to demonstrate that solidarity is something that we fully respect,” Fico told journalists after a meeting of Visegrad Group leaders with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.

Gentiloni thanked the Visegrad Group  for the financial pledge, but said mandatory migrant quotas were a “minimum requirement” by the EU.

After arriving in Brussels for the summit, Poland’s new Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said earlier that Poland’s stance on refugees was becoming better understood:/ “We will be presenting our approach to relocation policy, to policy on refugees… I am very happy that this approach is becoming increasingly understood in Brussels,” Morawiecki said to presse.

In spite of the mounting pressure from Brussels no relocation of migrants from Italy to any of Vicegrad group countries was offered. The major focus of V4 group to end illegal migration to Europe remains unchanged.

Annemans: EU leaders imposed crisis on Africa themselves

The migrant crisis dominated the 5th Africa-EU Summit, which concludes today in the Cote d’Ivoire capital of Abidjan.

The Summit took place with the participation of more than 80 countries and a number of African and European leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, Belgium Prime minister Charles Michel, Moroccan King Mohammed VI, South African President Jacob Zuma, Nigerian President Mamadou Boukhari. Held under the theme of “Investing in youth for a sustainable future”, the Summit aimed at promoting jobs and stability in the African continent.

MEP Gerolf ANNEMANS (ENF) raises questions over implementation of “new partnership” offered by EU leaders to African states at Abidjan Summit. EU continuous acceptance of flows of migrants, open borders and social welfare continue to attract like magnet millions of Africans. Nowadays a trafficker is never further than two conversations away to accommodate the ‘European dream ‘ of a potential migrant.

 

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