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The EU and Egypt

  1. 1. Country press pack The EU and EgyptProgress in relations – ENP Progress Report 2009Overall progress on the implementation of the Action Plan in 2009 is encouraging, with a strongcommitment to social, economic and sector reforms, and to a lesser extent to political reform. Egypt continuedto be active in the different sectoral sub-committee meetings, enabling wide-ranging and fruitful discussions totake place on the implementation of priorities set down in the Association Agreement and the Action Plan. Inmany technical areas progress is encouraging, while much work still lies ahead.Concerns remain on the pace of the implementation of reforms in the field of democratisation and humanrights, although the Egyptian Government seems increasingly convinced of the need to tackle governanceissues as part of its domestic reform agenda.Moving towards enhanced relations is a shared objective of both Egypt and the EU. In April 2009, Egypt andthe EU jointly decided to work towards enhancing relations; an ad hoc group was created to consider ways todo so, present policy options for strengthening bilateral relations, and explore possibilities for incorporating theresults of reflections into the ENP Action Plan. Continued and consolidated progress in areas related to humanrights and democracy will be an important foundation for enhanced relations.Egypt was co-president of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) throughout 2009 (its two year term endsin mid-2010).Bilateral trade between Egypt and the EU slowed down compared with 2008: Egypt’s exports to the EU in2009 contracted by 26.2% and EU exports to Egypt decreased by 0.9%. Total trade was €18.7 billion. The EUis by far the first trading partner for Egypt (1/3 of Egypt’s overall trade). Egypt is also a major trading partner forthe EU in the Southern Mediterranean region (0.8% of total EU trade).2009 Egypt country progress report http://ec.europa.eu/world/enp/pdf/progress2010/sec10_517_en.pdfEgypt’s National Indicative Programme (NIP)The overall budget allocation for bilateral EU assistance to Egypt under the European Neighbourhood andPartnership Instrument (ENPI) for 2011-2013 has been proposed at €449.29 million, according to the country’sNational Indicative Programme (NIP). This is an average of €149.76 million per annum, which represents a5.4% increase compared to the previous programming period.The allocation is divided between the three Country Strategy Paper (CSP) priorities: • Supporting reforms in the areas of democracy, human rights, good governance and justice; • Developing the competitiveness and productivity of the economy; • Ensuring the sustainability of the development process with effective social, economic and environmental policies and better management of natural resources.ENPI Info Centre Egypt NIP wrap up
  2. 2. Photo © EU/ENPI Info CentreFind out more…ENPI Info Centre webpage – Egypthttp://www.enpi-info.eu/countrymed.php?country=2EU Delegation – Egypthttp://www.delegy.ec.europa.eu/en/index.htmEuropeAid – ENPIhttp://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/where/neighbourhood/overview/index_en.htmDocumentsDG External Relations – Key documentshttp://ec.europa.eu/external_relations/egypt/docs/index_en.htmEuropean Neighbourhood Policy: Progress Report 2009http://ec.europa.eu/world/enp/pdf/progress2010/sec10_517_en.pdfEC fact-sheet 2009http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/10/175&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=enNational Indicative Programme 2011-2013http://ec.europa.eu/world/enp/pdf/country/2011_enpi_nip_egypt_en.pdfCountry Strategy Paper 2007–2013http://ec.europa.eu/world/enp/pdf/country/enpi_csp_egypt_en.pdfAction Planhttp://ec.europa.eu/world/enp/pdf/action_plans/egypt_enp_ap_final_en.pdfCountry reporthttp://ec.europa.eu/world/enp/pdf/country/egypt_country_report_2005_en.pdfWebsites - Political and Economic relationsEuropeAid – Egypt country pagehttp://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/where/neighbourhood/country-cooperation/egypt/egypt_en.htmDG External Relations – Egypthttp://ec.europa.eu/external_relations/egypt/index_en.htmDG Trade – EU and Egypthttp://ec.europa.eu/trade/creating-opportunities/bilateral-relations/countries/egypt/DG Trade – Egypt statisticshttp://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2006/september/tradoc_113375.pdf
  3. 3. MEDSTAT II – Egypt statistical profilehttp://www.enpi-info.eu/file_static/EG-Profil_Stat_EN.pdfEU Delegation Egypt photo competition ©MaterialENPI Info Centre – Egypt newshttp://www.enpi-info.eu/list_type_med.php?keyword=Egypt&id_type=1&newstype=1ENPI Info Centre Egypt Energy feature - Tracking the sun (2010)http://www.enpi-info.eu/files/features/a102017%20ENPI%20Egypt%20Energy%20Feature%20II%20%28en%29.pdfEU Delegation - FP7 Projects on Climate Change and Water Security Launched (2010)http://www.delegy.ec.europa.eu/en/News/658.aspEurojar feature - Together, towards restitution of cultural goods (2009)http://www.enpi-info.eu/mainmed.php?lang_id=450&searchtype=simple&id=279&id_type=6Eurojar feature - The Euromed Audiovisual programme enters its third phase (2009)http://www.enpi-info.eu/mainmed.php?lang_id=450&searchtype=simple&id=277&id_type=6EuropeAid feature - Education Enhancement Programme in Egypthttp://www.enpi-info.eu/mainmed.php?id=171&id_type=6&lang_id=450EuropeAid feature - Achieving universal primary educationhttp://www.enpi-info.eu/mainmed.php?lang_id=450&searchtype=simple&id=76&id_type=6ENPI Info Centre website – Featureshttp://www.enpi-info.eu/list_type_med.php?id_type=6&country=2The Egyptian Innovation System: An Exploratory Study with Specific Focus on Egyptian Technology Transferand Innovation Centres (Medibtikar Programme - 2008)http://www.enpi-info.eu/mainmed.php?lang_id=450&searchtype=simple&id=27&id_type=9PhotosEgypt: Land of Contrasts - EU Delegation photo competition- Photo libraryhttp://www.enpi-info.eu/list_images_med.php?id=263&iden=263ENPI Info Centre – Photo galleryhttp://www.enpi-info.eu/list_galleries_med.php?country=2MEDREG project (energy) - Photo libraryhttp://www.enpi-info.eu/list_images_med.php?id=280&iden=280ENPI Info Centre Solar power feature - Photo libraryhttp://www.enpi-info.eu/list_images_med.php?id=279&iden=279Association Council Meetings- Egypt- photo libraryhttp://www.enpi-info.eu/list_images_med.php?id=61&iden=61EuropeAid photo libraryhttp://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/multimedia/photos/library/index.cfm May 2010

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