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Thursday, 12 January 2012

Congolese elections to jeopardise ACP-EU cooperation

In the light of the outcomes of the last elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the European Union (EU) might suspend cooperation with the African country. As EU election observers report, there have been several irregularities in the course of the Congolose presidential polls.  According to an EU spokesman, Maja Kocijancic, the EU could invoke article 96 of the Cotonou agreement.  
Under this article, the EU can suspend cooperation with any ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) country that has not respected democratic principles. Were the case of such an action, EU direct financial aid to the DRC would be frozen, with the exception of the humanitarian assistance.
The multi-annual indicative programme in the DRC for the current spending round has budgeted €561.7 million for these priorities.
The EU's activities in the DRC also involve cross-cutting issues such as democracy, good governance, human rights, the rights of children and indigenous peoples, gender equality, long-term environmental protection and the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Source: Afrique en ligne