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Tajani enhances support to Sahel

The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani had a meeting with the President of the Republic of Chad, Idriss Deby Itno. The discussion has been focused on the fragility of Sahel´s region security.

“Chad’s contribution in the fight against terrorism (Boko Haram and Al Qaeda in particular) is crucial to the stability of the region, as are the efforts of all Sub-Saharan African countries,” – said president Tajani after the meeting. “The European Union and the international community have to support Chad. In this context, I welcome and encourage the recent creation of  G5 Sahel Force”.

“We have an aligned view of the challenges posed by the situation in Libya, in particular, when it comes to the terrorist threat and persistent instability of the Sahel region. Chad is key to stability of Libya as security of its borders is to manage migration flows,” -Tajani underlined.

“Europe and Africa face the same challenge with regards to managing migration flows. We must go to the root of the problem and invest better and more in Africa, within the framework of robust economic diplomacy to create growth and employment. The recently adopted European Fund for Sustainable Development for Africa (EFSD) by the European Parliament is the step in the right direction. However, if we want to be successful, this fund has to be considerably augmented” – Tajani concluded.

Europarliament screens rescue operation in Mediterranean

To avoid migrants continuing to drown while trying to reach Italy, EU countries must offer their help the Members of the European Parliament suggest.

The Civil Liberties Committee held a hearing on search-and-rescue operations, the relations between the different actors including EU military vessels, Frontex staff and NGOs, the need to fight people smugglers as well as cooperation with Libyan authorities.

Italian Coast Guard Captain Sandro Gallinelli, Frontex executive director Fabrice Leggeri, as well as representatives of Doctors without Borders and Human Rights Watch presented the committee with their views.

Most MEPs in the debate defended the work of NGOs from criticism that their presence and rescue interventions are encouraging perilous journeys and even supporting human traffickers. Nevertheless, some MEPs also agreed that a code of conduct is needed to create order in operations at sea.

Many voiced doubts about the cooperation with Libya, pointing to the political instability in the country, the unreliability of its authorities and the heightened risk of abuse and violence faced by migrants who are returned to its shores.

Finally, most MEPs considered that a longer-term solution is needed, via a well-functioning asylum system, based on fair burden-sharing by all member states, combined with legal ways for migrating to the EU as well as a strategy to address the root causes of migration in the countries of origin.

 

 

MEPs discuss migration management

The European Parliament has hosted the conference on migration management ahead of the EU summit to launch a platform for regular dialogue between all actors involved.

It has addressed responsibility sharing among Member States, ensuring a stable and secure environment both in and at the external borders of the EU, and tackling the root causes of migration through cooperation with third countries.

The European Parliament is committed to acting effectively upon the Rome Declaration,
which prioritises “a Europe in which citizens are safe and can travel freely; a Europe with  secure external borders and a responsible, sustainable migration policy that complies with international standards; and a Europe that is determined to fight terrorism and organized crime”.

European Parliament Presse Centre, waiting for the president Antonio Tajani.

 

 

President Tajani s’adresse Ă  la CĂ´te d’Ivoire

«Grace à la diversification et à une base industrielle, la Côte-d’Ivoire se classe parmi les économies les plus dynamiques du monde. Avec une croissance estimée à 8% cette année, elle se place en tête du continent africain. La Côte-d’Ivoire doit servir d’exemple à d’autres pays du continent, en particulier en Afrique de l’Ouest» a déclaré le Président du Parlement européen à l’issue de sa rencontre avec le Président de la Côte-d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara.

«Nous devons approfondir notre partenariat et notre coopération avec la Côte d’Ivoire dans de nombreux domaines» a souligné Tajani, expliquant que : «la venue en plénière du Président Ouattara, un mois après celle du Président de la Commission de l’Union Africaine, Moussa Faki Mahamat, confirme que l’Afrique est une priorité pour l’Union européenne.»

Le Président Tajani a poursuivi: «la Côte d’Ivoire a un enjeu démographique mais un potentiel économique extraordinaire. Il faut donc investir dans la jeunesse en donnant des perspectives futures. Pour cela, une vraie diplomatie économique est nécessaire qui encourage les PME, l’entreprenariat, aussi féminin, et regarde aux secteurs porteurs de croissance comme le numérique.»

«Je salue aussi le fort engagement du Président Ouattara dans la lutte contre la menace terroriste. Il ne faut pas oublier que la Côte d’Ivoire aussi a été frappée par des attaques. La coopération entre l’Union européenne, la CÉDÉAO et l’Union Africaine est cruciale dans ce domaine, en particulier dans le Sahel et en Lybie pour éviter que les groupes terroristes se propagent dans d’autres régions du continent africain», a conclu Tajani.

 

Italy to promote Africa at G7 Taormina

 

“Africa is very important for us. Indeed, it is perhaps the focus of our G7 presidency,” said Raffaele Trombetta, the senior Italian diplomat who has led behind-the-scenes negotiations on the G7 agenda with colleagues from the United States, Japan, Germany, Britain, France and Canada.

The Italian presidency of the G7 raised is concerned about the migrant crisis, caused by multiple conflicts in Africa, becoming increasingly alarming in view of the latest terroristic attack by a UK citizen from Libyan descent in Manchester.

At the moment, according to Bild newspaper, seven million Africans at Libyan coast are searching for a possibility to cross Mediterranean to reach Europe.

“We don’t just want to talk about crises, like migration and famine, but also to promote innovation in Africa and see what we can do to help,” – Trombetta continued. The Italian presidency invited leaders of Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Niger, Tunisia to participate in the session on  Innovation and Development in Africa, 27 of May, 2017, along with the African Union (AU), African Development Bank (AfDB).

The involvement of the emerging economies, of developing countries and of international organizations reflects a gradual evolution in the issues addressed by the G7. Initial interest in issues relating solely to financial stability and to macro-economic coordination were soon joined by an interest in other crucial themes ranging from development in Africa and climate change to food safety and the resolution of international crises.

It was Italy, in Genoa in 2001, that inaugurated the traditional by now “African segment” of the Summit, with dialogue sessions between the G7 leaders and the African countries invited by the Presidency.

 

 

 

 

EU “committed to Libya”

The European Union (EU), the African Union (AU), the League of Arab States (LAS), and the United Nations (UN) met in Brussels on 23rd May 2017 to assess developments in Libya since their last meeting in Cairo on 18th March 2017 and further coordinate their efforts to advance the political process and assist Libya in its democratic transition.

JOINT COMMUNIQUE:
1. The European Union (EU), the African Union (AU), the League of Arab States (LAS), and the United Nations (UN) met in Brussels on 23rd May 2017 to assess developments in Libya since their last meeting in Cairo on 18th March 2017 and further coordinate their efforts to advance the political process and assist Libya in its democratic transition.

2. The meeting was chaired by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Ms. Federica Mogherini and attended by the AU High Representative for Libya, former President Jakaya Kikwete, the Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit, and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, Mr. Martin Kobler.
3. The Quartet reiterated its commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Libya and its institutions under the Libyan Political Agreement signed in Skhirat while renewing its call to cease contacts with parallel institutions outside the Libyan Political Agreement. It underscored the urgent need for a Libyan-led peaceful resolution of the political crisis and reiterated its rejection of the threat or use of armed force by any Libyan party as well as any foreign military intervention in Libya. (Full text at the site of the EEAS).

Faki Mahamat au Parlement europĂ©en

La migration, le dĂ©veloppement durable, la diplomatie Ă©conomique ainsi que la jeunesse et les questions de coopĂ©ration en matière de paix et de sĂ©curitĂ© sur le continent devraient ĂŞtre parmi les points soulevĂ©s par l’ancien ministre des Affaires Ă©trangères du Tchad, M. Faki Mahamat (illustration).

Plus tĂ´t ce mois-ci, l’UE a proposĂ© un partenariat renforcĂ© avec l’Afrique en matière de paix et de sĂ©curitĂ© ainsi que de crĂ©ation d’emplois pour les jeunes sur les deux continents. Le cinquième sommet UE-Afrique aura lieu Ă  Abidjan, en CĂ´te d’Ivoire, en novembre 2017, avec la jeunesse pour thème clĂ©. Le sommet sera une opportunitĂ© unique pour les dirigeants africains et europĂ©ens de remodeler et d’approfondir leurs relations.

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