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.
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]
With the revision of the Cotonou Agreement which will start mid-2018 and the soon to be signed new EU Consensus on Development, where do we stand on development cooperation after 60 years of European Union?
On March 25th, the European Union will turn 60, the Treaty of Rome that founded the European Community, has been signed 60 years ago from now. This week, EU leaders, EU citizens and EU civil society will gather next week in Rome to celebrate this milestone and organise several events and demonstrations around it. CONCORD and its allies will be there too. Don’t miss the actions listed in the blogpost below.
Seamus Jeffreson, CONCORD Director was invited to speak on October 27th at the International Conference “Development and Democracy” in Bratislava, organised by the Pontis Foundation in the framework of the Slovak Presidency. Find here the speech and background info.
CONCORD in the news: This article on a new vision for Europe from Laura Sullivan, our Vice-President, has been published in BlogActiv on 19 October 2016.
CONCORD Europe took part in European Development Days 2016 last week. Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda represented us in the high level Opening Ceremony alongside heads of state and prime ministers. She highlighted the crucial role of civil society in development.
CONCORD in the news: In the framework of the new EU Global Strategy, Sabine Terlecki, Head of Policy and Advocacy at CONCORD, identifies the 9 elements which would support a more visionary and ambitious text addressing the root causes of today’s global challenges.
In June this year, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini will review the “EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy” to guide the European Union’s global actions in the future. CONCORD asks the drafting team to adopt a long-term vision rooted in human rights and the promotion of sustainable development within and outside of the EU.
Analysis of six EU Country Roadmaps for Engagement with Civil Society and recommendations for the future
In the framework of the EU Country Roadmaps for Engagement with Civil Society, CONCORD analysed six countries’ roadmaps in order to enhance strategic cooperation and structured dialogue of the EU and its Member States with CSO’s in partner countries. Discover these roadmaps’ analysis as well as background information and recommendations for the future.