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EU - Africa: A call for more cooperation

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Friday, 23 November 2018

EU - Africa: A call for more cooperation

The ties between the European Union and the African continent are historic and their destinies are closely interlinked. The EU is Africa’s main partner in for economic activity and trade, as well as development, humanitarian aid and security. Given these existing links and the new challenges we face, notably the demographic dynamic in Africa, the partnership between Africa and the EU needs a new vision of a future, one that reflects the changing social, environmental, economic and political situations in the two continents. We should have a more political, more modern and deeper partnership, one that focuses on defending our common interests. Indeed, the two continents share common challenges that can only be met through increased cooperation. Relations between the EU and Africa must be based on understanding and mutual interest, as well as sharing common values within a reciprocal partnership. As Parliament’s rapporteur on the EU-Africa strategy, it was important for me to highlight that strengthening the political dialogue between the EU and Africa is a prerequisite for renewing our strategic partnership. Establishing real coalitions on questions of global governance between the EU and Africa will be crucial in defending our joint interests on the international stage. The role of civil society - the private sector, parliamentary assemblies, local communities and the diaspora, as well as NGOs, is an equally important element in the partnership which binds our continents. Together, these actors must play their part in consolidating the political dialogue between the EU and Africa to ensure a people-focused partnership. Indeed, without people, we cannot build a relationship. In the report adopted by Parliament on the EU-Africa strategy, I defended the idea of making resilience, as well as mobility and migration, key elements of any future partnership. I believe that strengthening the resilience of the African continent in five areas (economics, politics, security, environment and social) will be fundamental if we are to contribute to the sustainable development goals (SDG) and commitments undertaken through the Paris climate agreement.

Source: theparliamentmagazine.eu