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Report back from the ETTG Informal meeting, 28 Oct. 2013, Brussels …

Report back from the ETTG Informal meeting, 28 Oct. 2013, Brussels
Geert Laporte & Faten Aggad
EU-Africa Joint Task Force Meeting, 29 October 2013

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  • GENERAL: Participants recognised that some progress has been achieved in the partnership but there are Re-occurring issues that keep on reemerging with summit to summit “we change strategy, we change policy but there are still difficulties”. Why? Point 1 –excitement in Lisbon in 2007 but that momentum was lost. Now there is need for political sponsorship of the partnership Point 2:
  • 1. On EPAs, go beyond technical issues (there is a feeling that it has taken a political dimension) 2. Clearly and openly articulate those interests

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  • 1. Looking beyond 2013: Are EU-Africa relations still fit for purpose? Report back from the ETTG Informal meeting, 28 Oct. 2013, Brussels Geert Laporte & Faten Aggad EU-Africa Joint Task Force Meeting, 29 October 2013
  • 2. Structure • Context of the meeting • Long standing issues in the EU-African partnership • Key “Process” elements that can contribute to a smoother EU-Africa partnership • Key Messages for the Summit ECDPM Page 2
  • 3. Context of the meeting • 2nd meeting in a series of informal meetings organised by ECDPM and its partners (ETTG) in the lead up to the Summit • Provides platform for informal exchanges between European and African officials, think tanks and private sector to reflect on salient issues in the partnership ECDPM Page 3
  • 4. Long standing issues in the EUAfrican partnership • High level political dialogue diluted since 2007 • Addressing incoherence at both sides:  EU: “Africa is the victim of a double cooperation” (competition MS/Union), double standards in application of conditionalities)  Africa: Africa also needs to “do its homework” (i.e. speaking with one voice, change discourse vis-à-vis „colonial‟ Europe, take financial responsibility for own institutions) ECDPM Page 4
  • 5. Key “Process” elements that can contribute to a smoother EUAfrica partnership • Do not shy away from disagreement: Find a political solution to the EPAs • Regular High level and frank political dialogue on all controversial issues and respective interests • Moving from conditionality to coresponsibility:  EU: Align behind existing African institutions and processes (APRM, AGA, APSA, etc.)  Empower “drivers and constituencies for change”  Africa: Breaking the endemic dependency on EU‟s funding ECDPM Page 5
  • 6. Key Messages for the Summit • Cut down priorities and identify where traction is (i.e. economic transformation, inclusive growth, transparency in natural resources, etc.) • While addressing contentious issues (EPAs), in parallel also focus on areas where positive outcomes are possible (business-to-business cooperation, natural resources, etc.) • Identify potential for influencing global agenda (climate, energy, bio-diversity, post2015) • Focus on implementation (i.e. treat Africa as one) ECDPM Page 6
  • 7. Thank you www.ecdpm.org Page 7