Press Reaction – The AU EU Summit should have been a great opportunity for young people from Africa and the EU to exchange and listen to each other’s views. Scheduled to speak, and with speeches prepared, as part of the peace, security, and governance section of the Summit today, instead their contribution was ruled out on the grounds of “rules of procedure” after the objections of a number of delegations. Civil Society reacted to the situation.
The fifth EU-Africa summit will take place on 29-30 November 2017 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Under the central theme “Investing in youth for a sustainable future”, African and European Heads of State and Government will gather together during two full days. Civil society has been granted 6 minutes to speak.
The Declaration outlines civil society’s main recommendations for their governments in the framework of the bi-regional relations. It was developed together with many civil society organisations from both continents in September and October 2017.
Ahead of the official EU-CELAC Summit planned for 2017, CONCORD and its partner Mesa de Articulación will organise the 8th edition of EU-CELAC Civil Society Forum on 7-8 of September. For 2 days, civil society from both regions will discuss recommendations to ensure that solidarity, democracy and justice will shape future bi-regional policies. [English – Espanol]
CONCORD is closely following the revision of the Cotonou Agreement, the broadest EU partnership with developing countries. The Agreement will expire in 2020 and the official negotiations will start in August 2018. What will happen next? What is CONCORD’s position? Find all the latest useful information in this blogpost.