European Commission Plots Priorities for African Cooperation

A sign relating to a European Union-funded project at the the entrance of the Chinguetti community in Ardar, Mauritania. The European Commission has unveiled proposals to consolidate Africa-EU relations. Photo by: European Union

The European Union should promote the development of sustainable and inclusive growth in Africa while maintaining its support for the region’s bid to achieve the U.N. Millennium Development Goals, the European Commission said in its proposals for strengthening Africa-EU relations.

The proposals were part of a communication submitted by the commission to the European Council and Parliament ahead of the Nov. 29-30 Africa-EU Summit in Libya. The proposals will inform the action plan for the implementation of a joint Africa-EU strategy to be adopted at the summit.

Measures proposed by the commission include helping African countries extend social protection coverage to their most vulnerable populations, supporting better provision of services, and helping plug the region’s infrastructure gap.

The commission said the EU and Africa should also strengthen their cooperation in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship, migration, and mobility. The EU should support regional integration initiatives as well as projects that target the development of Africa’s agriculture and energy sectors, it added.

The European Commission further encouraged EU member states and African countries to address “the current fragmentation of policy frameworks and financial instruments to promote greater effectiveness and visibility in their cooperation.”

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