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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

The African Union wants to have a continent-to-continent dialogue with Europe, a change that could make the framework of the Cotonou Agreement implode and leave the Pacific and Caribbean states out in the cold. The 79 countries of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group are due to begin formal negotiations with the European Union on 1 September to redraw the outlines of the Cotonou Agreement.

As both Europe and China are turning their eyes to Africa, they can join hands to help the most less-developed continent to develop economy and address migration issues at the same time. In recent days Africa is receiving worldwide attention with several events. Accompanied by a business delegation, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was travelling this week to Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria, focusing on development aid and illegal migration.

The Cotonou agreement has regulated cooperation between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries since 2000. With negotiations on its successor about to start, the results so far seem mixed. EURACTIV France reports.

Friday, 31 August 2018

Representatives of the European Union (EU) and the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and Saint Lucia signed agreements in support of the post-hurricane recovery and reconstruction efforts in the CARICOM Member States. The financing agreements amount to €30 million.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Agriculture remains the main source of employment for the labour force in Africa. Nonetheless, low productivity, uncompetitive markets, weak rural infrastructure, among other factors, have reduced the opportunities for smallholders to feed themselves and earn an income from agriculture. Farmers’ organisations are fundamental in giving a voice to farmers and in supporting their integration in markets. Their influence on policy making, however, is still weak.

After years of voluntary action, it’s time for the European Union (EU) to set mandatory rules to tackle child labour on coffee and cocoa plantations throughout the world. This is the message issued by several policy-makers and stakeholders involved in the issue, in an appeal reported by the Reuters news agency.

On Thursday 19 July 2018, Burkina Faso and the European Union held their 12th Political Dialogue in Ouagadougou. For both parties, it was an opportunity for “an informal exchange” on several issues related to cooperation and development. The framework for the ‘political dialogue’ is set out in article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States, signed on 23 June 2000 (and which came into force in 2003).

The European Commission has approved a new financing mechanism for young people, migrants and women entrepreneurs in sub-Saharan African and the southern Mediterranean, in a programme to be managed by the Dutch Development Finance Company (FMO).

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

The purpose of the negotiations is to conclude a strengthened Partnership between the European Union (EU) and its Member States of the one part, and the countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific of the other part. The new Agreement is envisaged as a comprehensive partnership with the aim to strengthen the relations between the Parties and generating mutually beneficial outcomes on common and intersected interests.

The Director-General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission, Stefano Manservisi, this week on the Cape Verdean island of Sal signed off on additional funding of €10 million in budget support to Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), according to a statement from the delegation of the European Union in the West African archipelago.