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Saturday, 20 April 2019
The European Commission has adopted today a proposal for a new EU Strategy for Africa. The Strategy suggests a framework for action for all EU Member States and the European Commission to support Africa’s efforts to attain the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The adoption was followed by an extraordinary joint meeting between the European Commission and the Commission of the African Union (AU).
The “EU Strategy for Africa” adopted today by the Commission proposes a strategic partnership for security and development between the European Union and Africa for the coming decade. The strategy follows the decisions by the European Council in June to provide more and better development aid, to increase the speed of implementation and to focus aid in particular on Africa[1]. The strategy focuses on key requirements for sustainable development such as peace and security, good and effective governance, trade, interconnectivity, social cohesion and environmental sustainability. In addition, it reaffirms the commitment to increase EU aid to Africa and to improve aid effectiveness.
The success of this strategy will depend on the ability to improve significantly the way the EU and its Member States work together on development: It makes concrete suggestions to promote joint programming, an alignment of procedures and increasing budgetary aid. Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel, stressed that, “if adopted by the Council, the EU Strategy for Africa will mark a true turning point to help Africa help itself. One of the EU’s most central challenges in Development cooperation remains to ensure a coherent and effective approach between 26 different actors, the 25 Member States and the European Commission, with 26 Development policies.”

Talking roads, railways, water and energy networks
The adoption of the strategy was followed by a joint meeting of all the European Commissioners with their African counterparts from the African Union Commission (AUC), under the chairmanship of Mr Alpha Oumar Konaré, the former president of Mali. Following an afternoon of political and technical meetings, both Commissions will adopt a Joint Declaration to reaffirm their partnership in the areas of development and security.
The “EU Strategy for Africa” proposes to launch a number of new initiatives, including an ambitious Governance Initiative and a Partnership for Infrastructure. Under the Governance Initiative, the EU will, for instance, provide support for reforms triggered by the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), a unique tool for peer review and peer learning in good democratic governance by and for Africans.
And in the context of the Partnership for Infrastructure, the EU will support programmes that facilitate interconnectivity at continental level to promote regional trade, integration, stability and development.
Infrastructure and equipment remain key sectors to improve agricultural production and market access.
The European Biometrics Portal (EBP) is initiated by the European Commission to encourage and support the exchange of information and data on biometric technology initiatives, deployments and trials in European Member States. EBP is access and membership free and the quality of the EBP content is dependant on the quality of the users community contributions.

About the EBP
The European Biometrics Portal (EBP) is a project initiated by and belonging to the European Commission, DG Information Society, with the purpose to animate a Web Portal as focal point for information exchange, coordination and community building activities between the main biometrics actors in Europe.
The EBP principle is to be based on volunteer contributions of authors, working according to a “Wikipedian” spirit. EBP information may be public, or (through specific forums) restricted to a limited number of participants
The EBP access and membership are free of charge and the quality of the EBP content is mainly depending on the quality of the users community contributions.
To submit information on EBP, please identify yourself as a logged user (it is free) then you will become an EBP member and entitled to propose news, events, papers etc. for pan-European and even world-wide distribution.
Contributions are checked by the Portal administrator who “indexes” them according to the EBP taxonomy, then published rapidly: with all respect of your copyright, this administrator may contact you and ask for more information if the content of your contribution requests it.

Technical Characteristics
The European Biometrics Portal application is an example of integrating various existing open source software (or free software) components for building an e-Government public sector application providing information to the European Union governments, enterprises and citizens. The EBP illustrates DG Information Society and IDABC policies to apply open W3C standards and encourage the use of open source software where it provides better value for the invested money.
Strengthening biometrics and statistics are priorities for the agricultural research in ACP countries.
Thursday, 13 October 2005
See the new ACP-EU Bulletin which contains:
- Go for it: Editorial by Commissioner Louis Michel after the UN summit in New York. Europe remains by far the World leader in development policy and in aid effectiveness. Now, the next step: the EC communication on Africa is about to be proposed .
- New technologies bolstering the cotton market. The Cotton Club is back again. Viwanou Gnassounou from the ACP Secretariat underlines the crucial role of the new web products in the world trade.
- Token of death. The unbearable burden imposed by AIDS to the future of rural people in Africa. An alert launched by Hansjörg Neun Director of CTA in Bruxelles.
The European Commission will adopt tomorrow a proposal for a new EU Strategy for Africa. The adoption will be followed by an extraordinary joint meeting between the European Commission and the Commission of the African Union (AU). The "EU Strategy for Africa" proposes a strategic partnership for security and development between the European Union and Africa for the coming decade. It focuses on key requirements for sustainable development such as peace and security, good and effective governance, trade, interconnectivity, social cohesion and environmental sustainability. Both Commissions, African and European, will adopt a Joint Declaration to boost their partnership. The European Commission firmly believes that the problem of immigration, the dramatic consequences of which we are witnessing, can only be adressed effectively in the long term through an ambitious and coordinated Development cooperation to fight its root causes.
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Statement by the European Commission on the Doha Round setting out their negotiating proposal in the run up to the Hong Kong Ministerial. The proposal was submitted at the Zurich mini-Ministerial, 10 October 2005.
See full document proposal attached.