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European heads of state meet in Romania and look ahead to common future

Gathering in Sibiu, Romania, EU leaders reaffirmed their commitment to a stronger EU with a focus on ten key issues:

  • a common European defense;
  • unity and solidarity;
  • respectful listening and joint problem-solving;
  • protecting the EU way of life, democracy and the rule of law;
  • listening to the concerns of all Europeans and prioritizing action “where it matters most"; 
  • upholding the principle of fairness and reducing disparities in the labor market, welfare, the economy and digital transformation;
  • funding the EU adequately to achieve its ambitions;
  • investing in young people;
  • protecting citizens by investing in soft and hard power;
  • and upholding and developing the rules-based international order to jointly tackle global issues such as preserving our environment and fighting climate change.

Sibiu Declaration – EU

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EU report finds it was instrumental in taking forward the human rights agenda in 2018

The EU annual report on human rights and democracy in the world for 2018 finds that the EU action plan on human rights and democracy (2015 to 2019) has been instrumental in taking forward the human rights agenda and ensuring that the EU has remained at the forefront of the protection and promotion of human rights. The report finds that 2018 saw an increase in threats and violations against journalists and other media workers, further limiting the space for free journalism.

The report notes that in 2018, the EU acted to identify and support positive human rights narratives, building on the vision of a human rights-based 2030 Agenda. in addition, the EU-led ‘Good Human Rights Stories’ initiative launched at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) generated broad cross-regional resonance and aims to provide an effective vehicle for positive change in the future.

Press release – European Commission

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EU foreign ministers agree to support Sahel countries in addressing human rights and development challenges

EU foreign ministers have set out a political framework for EU engagement with the group of five (G5) Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger). In the framework, the ministers committed to help Sahel countries address the political, human rights, security, development, food insecurity, and migratory challenges faced by the region. The political framework is expected to adopted by development ministers and lead to commitment to long term EU-engagement and support for the region.

Total EU and member state development cooperation support to the G5 Sahel countries is estimated to be US$10.5 billion for 2014 to 2020. The EU supports the Sahel mainly through the EU trust fund for Africa (through which just over US$1 billion has already been mobilized), and the European development fund, which for 2014 to 2020 has allocated US$708 million for Burkina Faso, US$611 million for Chad, US$749 million for Mali, US$180 million for Mauritania, and US$773 million for Niger. 

Press release – European Commission

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UK Shadow Minister for International Development says Brexit is negatively impacting UK development assistance

According to an op-ed by the UK’s Shadow Minister for International Development, Preet Kaur Gill, Brexit is negatively impacting the UK's development assistance due to uncertainty and a falling exchange rate for the pound. Gill notes, for example, that in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a program to support local management of natural resources has had to downsize its ambitions in response to the drop in the pound's exchange rate. She also argues that uncertainty is resulting in non-governmental organizations, charities, and civil society organisations having to divert precious time and resources to preparing for different scenarios, rather than focusing on their work. 

Gill also raises concerns about the UK's intention to maintain close cooperation with EU after it exits, noting that it might be difficult under the EU’s new financing mechanisms for non-members to participate. Gill calls for the UK to maintain its progressive, global, outward-looking role on development. 

News article - The Guardian

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Think tank releases summary of manifestos and questions for European Parliament candidates

In the lead up to European Parliament elections on May 23 to 26, 2019, the manifestos of the main party groups offer some insights into issues relating to international development. The European Think Tanks Group has released analysis of these manifestos, highlighting key findings and offering questions to ask candidates.  

Texts are available from the European People’s Party (EPP), the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe (ALDE), the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S and D), and the European Greens (EG). 

Blog post – ETTG

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Chief negotiators conclude regional consultations for ACP-EU partnership post-2020

Chief EU negotiators met with African ministers to discuss the African pillar of the future partnership between the EU and 79 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP), beyond 2020. As with prior regional consultations held in the Pacific and the Caribbean regions, the aim was to clarify African regional priorities and how to address them in the future ACP-EU agreement.

The 'Cotonou Agreement' currently governing EU-ACP relations will expire in 2020. The future agreement includes a common foundation and specific, action-oriented regional pillars, to focus on each region's needs. The first round of consultations on the regional pillars has now concluded. Together, EU and ACP countries represent more than half of all  United Nations (UN) member countries and unite over 1.5 billion people. 

Press release – European  Commission

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European Commission calls for unity as it outlines 2019-2024 EU strategic agenda

Releasing its agenda for 2019 to 2024, the European Commission has outlined policy recommendations for how to shape Europe's future in an increasingly multi-polar and uncertain world. The Commission recommends strategic focus on: 

  1. Protective Europe: Building a European Security Union and moving towards a genuine European Defense Union;
  2. Competitive Europe: Strengthening the single market with a research and innovation focus on ecological, social, and economic transitions, investing in European digital capacities and artificial intelligence, and deepening the Economic and Monetary Union;
  3. Fair Europe: Achieving social inclusion and equality, including by addressing regional disparities, minorities' needs, gender issues, and the challenge of an aging population with a fair taxation policy and accessible health care and housing;
  4. Sustainable Europe: Embracing sustainable consumption and production patterns, fighting climate change and reversing environmental degradation, transitioning to a circular economy by promoting green growth, bio-economy, and sustainable innovations; and
  5. Influential Europe: Leading the world through strong support for a multilateral, rules-based global order, with the United Nations at its core.

Press release – European Commission

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European commission outlines 2019-2024 EU strategic agenda

The European Commission has outlined policy recommendations for how to shape Europe's future in an increasingly multipolar and uncertain world. The Commission recommends strategic focus on: 

  1. “Protective Europe,” building a European Security Union and moving towards a genuine European Defense Union;
  2. “Competitive Europe,” strengthening the single market with a research and innovation focus on ecological, social and economic transitions, investing in European digital capacities and artificial intelligence, and deepening the Economic and Monetary Union;
  3. "Fair Europe,” achieving social inclusion and equality, including by addressing regional disparities, minorities' needs, gender issues and the challenge of an aging population with a fair taxation policy and accessible health care and housing;
  4. “Sustainable Europe,” embracing sustainable consumption and production patterns, fighting climate change and reversing environmental degradation, transitioning to a circular economy by promoting green growth, bioeconomy and sustainable innovations; and
  5. “Influential Europe,” leading the world through strong support for a multilateral, rules-based global order, with the United Nations at its core.

Press release – European Commission

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Registration open for European Development Days

Registration is now open for the European Development Days (EDD), an annual conference organized by the European Commission to bring the development community together to share ideas and experiences to inspire new partnerships and solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. EDD 2019's overarching title is "Addressing inequalities: building a world which leaves no one behind." Key themes include: 1) reducing inequalities: a catalyst for economic growth, poverty reduction, and ensuring that no one is left behind; 2) reducing inequalities: a precondition for peaceful, inclusive and resilient societies; 3) addressing the challenge of inequalities in middle income countries: tailoring tools and priorities to the circumstances and inequality dynamics of these countries; 4) addressing the challenge of inequalities in low income countries: tailoring tools and priorities to the circumstances and inequality dynamics of these countries.

Website – European Commission

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Open consultation: EU-Africa cooperation on food and agriculture

The agri-food sector and rural areas are important to the economy and society of both Africa and the European Union (EU). In 2018, the European Commission set up a Task Force Rural Africa (TFRA) to provide advice and recommendations for strengthening food and farming and enhancing the role of the EU in African job-creating economic development in agriculture, agri-business and agro-industries. The TFRA report was published in March 2019. Now, the EU has opened a consultation to seek the views and opinions of stakeholders on the report and the recommendations of the TFRA in order to better plan and implement future actions vis-a-vis Africa for deepening the new Africa – Europe Alliance for sustainable investment and jobs. Consultation inputs will be used by the European Commission services’ internal analysis. 

Open consultation - EU


 

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