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Tajani reiterates call for Africa Marshall Plan

Italian Member of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani warned about growing inequalities threatening the economic and social development in sub-Saharan Africa. The economic situation in many African countries has aggravated recently, impacting the security situation, gradually eroding social cohesion. The growing inequality leads to instability,  Tajani said. He underlined that the security situation in the Sahel can not be resolved without substantial improvement of the living conditions of populations.

As a president of the European Parliament Tajani has been a strong proponent of the large-scale European investments in Africa – Marshall Plan for “strong engagement against climate change, against poverty, against terrorism, against the war between African countries and for growth”.

During September Plenary in Strasbourg (16-19/9) MEPs debated statements made by Tytti Tuppurainen (President-in-Office of the Council), on behalf of the Vice-President of the Commission of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, on recent developments in the political situation in Burkina Faso, Colombia and Kashmir.

This month Burkina Faso and G5 Sahel have secured support of the European Union (EU), Berlin and Paris in fighting terrorism. The cross-border joint force of the G5 Sahel was officially launched on 2 July 2017 in Bamako by the Presidents of the five Sahel States exposed to the terrorist threat (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger).

 

Tajani stands for Marshall Plan for Africa

Concluding his two and a half year term, the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani reiterates his proposal of the Marshal Plan for Africa. The European Union  should work with African partners to address the root causes of migration flows, Tajani insists.

The president repeatedly proposed a “true Marshall Plan” to become a part of the next EU budget in order to attract investment, infrastructure and to develop an industrial base while creating hope and prospects for the next generations.

Through his mandate president Tajani has promoted Marshall Plan for Africa from different fora, requesting to create EUR50 billion fund to invest massively in infrastructure, and develop industrial base.

Sub-Saharan Africa remains a region of stark political and socio-economic contradictions and multiple longstanding challenges. While a large number of countries de jure have adopted democratic principles of governance, the overwhelming majority of states de facto are governed by authoritarian and semi-authoritarian leaders. Autocratic regimes, civil strife, weak institutions and fragile political systems continue to undermine anti-corruption efforts.

Tajani promotes Marshall plan for Africa

The president of the European Parliament  Antonio Tajani stressed the need for an EU strategy of migration management at the start of a European Council (22-23 March) summit.

 ”If we fail to come up with an EU strategy, we will continue to play into the hands of the populists” – Tajani said.

President Tajani informed EU heads of government that citizens have been waiting “for too long” answers to the problem of  migration management.. He suggested that the efforts used to close the Balkan route should also be applied to other Mediterranean routes.

The tragedy of the 18-year old girl murdered by a gang of Nigerians aggravated the issue of migrants in Italy, and, according to Tajani, dominated the headlines, influencing the outcome of the general elections.  ”If we fail to come up with an EU strategy, we will continue to play into the hands of the populists” – Tajani added.

Putting forward the asylum reform proposal, adopted in November 2017 by the European Parliament,  Tajani requested the EU leaders to act without delay, even with qualified majority, in case the consensus can not be reached.

The European Parliament calls for Marshall Plan for Africa to give hope to millions of Africans to create new opportunities.

The President called on the Council to act on plans for asylum reform, more resources for Frontex, more reception centres, as well as more investment in Tunisia, Morocco, Niger, Mali, Chad and Libya to improve border controls and combat people traffickers.

Tajani called for closer cooperation with the UN in issues of asylum seekers and returns.