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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

5th EU-SA Summit to strengthen strategic partnership

As we were informing our readers last week, the 5th European Union-South Africa Summit is to take place in Brussels. This meeting is intended to provide an opportunity to strengthen the strategic partnership between the EU and South Africa and discuss a number of key issues, in particular the global economic situation, climate change, trade, development cooperation, and peace and security issues in Africa and in the Middle East.
The EU will be represented by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and by José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission. The Republic of South Africa will be represented by President Jacob Zuma. Commissioners for Trade Karel de Gucht, for Development Andris Piebalgs and for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn will also be attending the Summit on the European side. Foreign Minister Nkoana-Mashabane, as well as the ministers for Trade, Finance, Science & Technology, Energy, and Transport will accompany President Zuma on the South African side.
Days before the summit, Herman Van Rompuy has stated: "The Summit comes at an important juncture, at a time when bold actions are required to accelerate global economic recovery and to consolidate our partnership to stimulate growth and employment. I also look forward to important discussions with President Zuma on how to provide joint leadership and strengthen our partnership in the area of peace and security. We have a joint responsibility to help Somalia and the Sahel achieve lasting peace and development, and to break the spiral of violence and repression in Syria. And we are interested in reinforcing cooperation against piracy, a scourge that affects both South Africa and the European Union."

 

Source: European Commission