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Monday, 07 February 2011

Stronger EU-Africa Partnership at World Social Forum

The improvement of the partnership between Africa and the European Union will be at the centre of discussions between a delegation of Member of the European Parliament and the participants of the World Social Forum, to be held from 7 to 10 February in Dakar. At a time where Europe and the United States are turning their interest away from Africa, captured by the rise to power of countries like India or China, the Socialist and Democrat Members of Parliament will stress the importance of a strong partnership with Africa. "We want to push a progressive common agenda of shared development, fair trade and a new solidarity", declared the vice-president of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly EU-ACP Kader Arif (France), who is leading the socialist delegation. The members of the delegation will meet with participants, trade unionists and representatives of civil society from all continents in four panels that deal with Water as a Global Public Good, Migration as a development tool, Social Protection, and Fair Trade, Decent Work and the Financial Transaction Tax. Next to Mr Kader Arif, four Members of the European Parliament attend the delegation: Zita Gurmai (Hungary), Jo Leinen (Germany), Corina Cretu (Romania) and Kristian Vigenin (Bulgaria). The World Social Forum takes places every two years. Panels are organized by the Global Progressive Forum, the European Foundation of Progessive Studies, the International Confederation of Trade Unions and Solidar.

Source: Socialist and Democrat Group (S&D)