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Danish investment in Africa

The European Commission and Denmark signed a transfer agreement for a voluntary contribution of around €10 million (DKK 75 million) to the EU External Investment Plan.

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The European Investment Plan is a key tool of the Africa-Europe Alliance. Most of the contribution will go to the European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD), the financing arm of the EU External Investment Plan. This is the largest single contribution to the Fund by an EU Member State.

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A signing ceremony for the contribution took place at the margins of the Council of EU development ministers in Brussels.

“With this contribution, Denmark has given a ringing endorsement of the Commission’s ability to mobilise investment and maximise impact through the External Investment Plan. I am confident that our collective effort will bring the EU’s partnership with Africa to the next level we need for a successful Africa-Europe Alliance”, welcoming Denmark’s initiative, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, said, 

DR: Plane crash in Goma

At least 24 people perished in a passenger plane crashed into houses in Goma city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the officials confirmed. Nobody from 17 passengers and two members of the crew have survived the accident. The local rescue workers are evacuating injured and dead.

Local residents in Mapendo were among the victims.

The small aircraft went down in the Mapendo neighbourhood after “missing” its take-off from the city’s airport on November 24, North Kivu regional governor Nzanzu Kasivita said.

Europe supports CAR security reform

The European Council adopted a crisis management concept for a new civilian CSDP Advisory Mission in the Central African Republic (EUAM RCA).  (Image: illustration).

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The mission will support the reform of the internal security forces to enable the CAR authorities to mitigate the current security challenges in the country. EU experts will support the Ministry of the Interior and the internal security forces, the police and the gendarmerie, with the aim of helping in their deployment throughout the country.

The mission will provide advice to the CAR authorities at the strategic level to support the sustainable transformation of CAR internal security forces into a coherent and accountable security provider operating under national ownership. The mission will coordinate closely with the military EU Training Mission (EUTM RCA), the UN MINUSCA mission and the international community.

The adoption of a crisis management concept is the first step in launching a new CSDP mission, after which preparations for deployment will begin. The Central African Republic will be the third country to receive  support in parallel from both military and civilian CSDP missions after Mali and Somalia.

EU continues to support UN efforts in Libya

“An airstrike yesterday hit a biscuit factory in Tripoli’s Wadi Rabea neighbourhood causing again civilian casualties. We extend our condolences to the families of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to those injured” reads the statement of the European External Actions Service spokesperson.

“The International Law, including the International Humanitarian Law, must be fully respected and those who violate it held accountable. It is urgent to take up all measures needed to properly protect civilians.

“This, like previous similar attacks targeting civilian areas in and around Tripoli, shows the urgency of the political solution and remind us that there is no military solution to the Libyan crisis. All parties must immediately stop the violence and return to a political process under the UN mediation.

“To this end, the European Union will continue to support the work of the UN Special Representative to relaunch the political process. The Berlin initiative is an opportunity to end the conflict addressing the issues driving the conflict and charting a way forward towards peace, reconciliation and stability.”

EU diplomacy supports Sudan transition

This week the EU foreign ministers met with Abdallah Hamdok, expressing the EU‘s strong support to accompany the civilian and democratic transition of Sudan.

The European Commission is mobilising €55 million to help vulnerable people caught in humanitarian crises in Sudan. The announcement comes as at least 8 million people in Sudan are in need of humanitarian assistance, with 6.3 million not having enough food to meet their needs. One in six children is also suffering from acute undernourishment.

“As the living conditions of millions in Sudan are being strained by the multiple crises faced by the country, the EU is stepping up emergency assistance for those most in need. The EU welcomes recent announcements by the new transitional Sudanese government on its intentions to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance. Aid must reach all areas of Sudan, including conflict zones” said Abdallah Hamdok, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management.

Despite a complex operating environment, humanitarian organisations supported by the EU continued to deliver aid in Sudan. Since 2011, the EU has allocated over €518 million in life-saving assistance to people in need in Sudan.

All EU humanitarian aid in Sudan is provided only through humanitarian organisations such as UN agencies, NGOs and international organisations and is strictly monitored.

EU condolences to Burkina Faso

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, a terrorist attack caused the death of 37 people and 60 wounded in Burkina Faso.

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“The European Union expresses its condolences to the families of the victims and its solidarity with the Burkinabè people, now almost daily bereaved by attacks on civilians, the defense and security forces, but also the symbols of the authority of the State, as evidenced by the murder of the Mayor of the commune of Djibo and his companions on November 3rd.

“These attacks fuel a spiral of violence that causes large population displacement, undermines national cohesion and hampers development. The European Union renews its support for the Government of Burkina Faso, which currently holds the presidency of G5 Sahel. The European Union, together with its Member States, remains more than ever committed to the Burkinabe authorities and people, as well as to all the countries of the region, to respond in a coordinated manner to the current challenges of security, stability and development in the region. Sahel.”

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Semafo, the Canadian gold mining company said in an earlier statement that the attack on a convoy of five buses with a military escort took place on the road to its Boungou mine in the eastern region of Est, about 40km (25 miles) from Boungou.

EU for «inclusive government» in South Sudan

The ongoing contacts by the heads of state of the region to bring together President Salva Kiir and Dr Riek Machar to enable the formation of a Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity in South Sudan, scheduled for 12 November, are positive. A functioning inclusive government is what the citizens of South Sudan expect and south Sudan’s neighbours need.

In line with the UN Security Council Press Statement 6 November, all the South Sudanese parties must now honour their commitments and demonstrate genuine will to build peace in the country. The composition of the Revitalised Transitional Government must respect the provisions of the peace agreement which provides for inclusion of all signatory parties.

“Realistic and sustainable arrangements and deadlines must be set for the immediate implementation of the outstanding pre-transitional tasks, in particular those crucial to prevent a return to violence, such as the security arrangements and the agreement on the number and boundaries of states. The government’s financial commitments to enable the implementation of these tasks must be honoured.

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“It is crucial that all the parties publicly reaffirm their commitment to full compliance with the cessation of hostilities agreement of December 2017. Leaders need to strengthen mutual trust and engage in good faith in the reconciliation process. 

“Once the parties demonstrate that their commitment to peace is irreversible, the European Union will be ready to provide further support in the implementation of all the chapters of the peace agreement.”

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