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The European Parliament adopted by 419 votes to 97 with 85 abstentions, a resolution on the EU-Africa Strategy: a boost for development.

Given that the EU is Africa’s main partner in the fields of economic activity and trade as well as development, humanitarian aid and security, Members called for a new vision for this partnership that reflects the evolution of the political, economic, environmental and social situations of both continents.

The Cotonou Agreement with the EU, to which 79 ACP States are parties, including 48 in sub-Saharan Africa, governs the main partnership between the EU and Africa. In financial terms, the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) has a budget of EUR 30.5 billion, of which EUR 900 million are reserved for the African Peace Facility, and EUR 1.4 billion of the EDF will be used for the EU Trust Fund for Africa.

Intensifying political dialogue : as a precondition for a renewed strategic partnership, Parliament invited the future partnership to focus, through an expanded dialogue, on the priority areas identified by both the AU and the EU, such as:

economic development (via trade, Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs)); good governance, including human rights; human development via public services covering basic needs, such as education, health, access to water and sanitation, gender equality, science, technology and innovation; security and the fight against terrorism; migration and mobility; environment – including climate change.

According to Members, budget support is the best way to carry out appropriation , providing governments with the means to determine their needs and priorities. They recalled:

the importance of maintaining a legally binding framework on ACP-EU cooperation after 2020, while emphasising the principle of policy coherence for development in EU-Africa trade relations; the importance for Member States to respect the commitment to devote 0.7% of their GDP to Official Development Assistance (ODA).

Building more resilient states and societies : Parliament considered it necessary to make resilience (political, security, environmental, economic and social) a major component of the new EU-Africa strategy.

In particular, Members called for efforts to be undertaken to:

strengthen good governance, democracy, the rule of law, respect for human rights by extending the conditionality of development aid to the strict observance of these values, as well as the fight against corruption on both continents; improve cooperation in the areas of security and justice with a view to adopting a comprehensive approach to better combat organized crime, human trafficking and smuggling of migrants, in particular minors, as well as terrorism; enhance cooperation within the EU-Africa Strategy aimed at preventing impunity, promoting the rule of law and the expansion of police and judicial capacities; develop a strategic approach to building climate resilience and to support African countries in their adaptation efforts and invest more in the areas of renewable energy; increase cooperation between the European and African private sectors and for the concentration of investment, particularly by means of public-private partnerships ; create decent jobs by ensuring compliance with the standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO); better coordinate their aid for trade programmes and to boost synergies with their Africa investment policies; ensure non-discrimination against vulnerable groups, including persons with disabilities and indigenous peoples and promote appropriate public policies and investments in the area of ​​sexual and reproductive health and rights; strengthen Africa's national education systems by investing at least 20% of the national budget in these systems to ensure universal, inclusive, equitable and long-term access to quality education at all levels, from early childhood and early childhood. all, with a focus on girls and in emergency and crisis situations; break down the barriers faced by women and other vulnerable groups, including children, people with disabilities and LGBTI people; co-ordinate migration and mobility between Europe and Africa in co-operation with countries of origin, transit and destination and based on the principles of solidarity, shared responsibility, respect and of human dignity. Parliament renewed its invitation to promote legal immigration and invited Member States to offer their resettlement places to many refugees; step up their financial contribution to trust funds and other instruments aiming to foster inclusive and sustainable growth and stimulate job creation thus contributing to addressing the root causes of migration . In this regard, Parliament’s scrutiny role should be extended to ensure that migration partnerships and funding tools are compatible with EU legal basis, principles and commitments.

Documents
2017/11/16
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2017/11/14
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2017/10/24
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
Details

The Committee on Development adopted the own-initiative report by Maurice PONGA (EPP, FR) on the EU-Africa Strategy: a boost for development.

Given that the EU is Africa’s main partner in the fields of economic activity and trade as well as development, humanitarian aid and security, Members called for a new vision for this partnership that reflects the evolution of the political, economic, environmental and social situations of both continents.

The Cotonou Agreement with the EU, to which 79 ACP States are parties, including 48 in sub-Saharan Africa, governs the main partnership between the EU and Africa.

In financial terms, the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) has a budget of EUR 30.5 billion, of which EUR 900 million are reserved for the African Peace Facility, and EUR 1.4 billion of the EDF will be used for the EU Trust Fund for Africa. More than EUR 5 billion have been spent on the needs of African countries in the context of the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI), and EUR 845 million have been allocated to the Pan-African Programme under the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) to implement the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES).

Intensifying political dialogue : as a precondition for a renewed strategic partnership, Members invited the future partnership to focus on the priority areas identified by both the AU and the EU, such as:

economic development (via trade, Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs)); good governance, including human rights; human development via public services covering basic needs, such as education, health, access to water and sanitation, gender equality, science, technology and innovation; security and the fight against terrorism; migration and mobility; environment – including climate change.

According to Members, budget support is the best way to carry out appropriation , providing governments with the means to determine their needs and priorities.

Building more resilient states and societies : Members considered it necessary to make resilience (political, security, environmental, economic and social) a major component of the new EU-Africa strategy.

In particular, Members called for efforts to be undertaken to:

enhance cooperation between the EU and Africa in the field of security and justice in respect of the international legal framework in order to take a holistic approach to tackling problems and to better combat organised crime, human trafficking and smuggling particularly in relation to children, and terrorism; enhance cooperation within the EU-Africa Strategy aimed at preventing impunity, promoting the rule of law and the expansion of police and judicial capacities; develop a strategic approach to building climate resilience and to support African countries; increase cooperation between the European and African private sectors and for the concentration of investment, particularly by means of public-private partnerships ; better coordinate their aid for trade programmes and to boost synergies with their Africa investment policies; ensure non-discrimination against vulnerable groups, including persons with disabilities and indigenous peoples; strengthen African national education systems to ensure universal, inclusive, equitable and long-term access to high-quality education at all levels, from early childhood onwards and for all, with a special focus on girls, and including in emergency and crisis situations; break down the barriers faced by women and other vulnerable groups, including children, people with disabilities and LGBTI people; step up their financial contribution to trust funds and other instruments aiming to foster inclusive and sustainable growth and stimulate job creation thus contributing to addressing the root causes of migration . In this regard, the report also asked for a stronger scrutiny role of the European Parliament to ensure that migration partnerships and funding tools are compatible with EU legal basis, principles and commitments.

Documents
2017/10/10
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2017/09/29
   EP - Committee opinion
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2017/09/27
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2017/09/07
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2017/09/06
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
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2017/09/05
   EP - Committee opinion
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2017/06/28
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2017/06/20
   EP - KYENGE Cécile Kashetu (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in LIBE
2017/06/19
   EP - CASTALDO Fabio Massimo (EFDD) appointed as rapporteur in AFET
2017/06/19
   EP - ARENA Maria (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in INTA
2017/06/15
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2017/06/14
   EP - PONGA Maurice (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in DEVE

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Activities

Votes

A8-0334/2017 - Maurice Ponga - Résolution 16/11/2017 12:20:17.000

2017/11/16 Outcome: +: 419, -: 97, 0: 85
DE GB IT RO PL ES BG FR BE PT HR AT SE LT FI SI DK SK CZ LU LV EE MT IE CY HU NL EL
Total
71
57
60
25
48
34
16
59
18
18
11
14
15
9
10
8
12
10
18
5
6
5
4
9
6
16
21
14
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Lithuania PPE

1

Finland PPE

2

Denmark PPE

For (1)

1

Slovakia PPE

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4

Luxembourg PPE

3

Estonia PPE

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1

Malta PPE

2

Cyprus PPE

1
icon: S&D S&D
153

Belgium S&D

3

Croatia S&D

2

Slovenia S&D

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1

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2

Slovakia S&D

Abstain (1)

3

Czechia S&D

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4

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1

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1

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2

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1

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2
4

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1

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1

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2

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1

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2

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1
3

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1

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Abstain (1)

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Against (1)

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1

Denmark Verts/ALE

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Abstain (1)

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Against (1)

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United Kingdom NI

For (1)

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3
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France EFDD

Against (1)

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Lithuania EFDD

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Czechia EFDD

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1
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Germany ENF

Abstain (1)

1

United Kingdom ENF

Against (1)

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Poland ENF

Against (1)

1

Belgium ENF

Against (1)

1

Austria ENF

2

Netherlands ENF

4
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
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Italy GUE/NGL

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France GUE/NGL

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Sweden GUE/NGL

Against (1)

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1

Denmark GUE/NGL

Against (1)

1

Czechia GUE/NGL

2

Ireland GUE/NGL

3

Cyprus GUE/NGL

2

Netherlands GUE/NGL

3
4
AmendmentsDossier
520 2017/2083(INI)
2017/07/26 AFET 86 amendments...
source: 607.897
2017/09/06 INTA 90 amendments...
source: 609.617
2017/09/07 DEVE 260 amendments...
source: 610.554
2017/09/12 LIBE 84 amendments...
source: 610.646

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  • date: 2017-11-14T00:00:00 type: Debate in Parliament body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20171114&type=CRE title: Debate in Parliament
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  • date: 2017-11-16T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P8-TA-2017-0448 title: T8-0448/2017 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 419 votes to 97 with 85 abstentions, a resolution on the EU-Africa Strategy: a boost for development. Given that the EU is Africa’s main partner in the fields of economic activity and trade as well as development, humanitarian aid and security, Members called for a new vision for this partnership that reflects the evolution of the political, economic, environmental and social situations of both continents. The Cotonou Agreement with the EU, to which 79 ACP States are parties, including 48 in sub-Saharan Africa, governs the main partnership between the EU and Africa. In financial terms, the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) has a budget of EUR 30.5 billion, of which EUR 900 million are reserved for the African Peace Facility, and EUR 1.4 billion of the EDF will be used for the EU Trust Fund for Africa. Intensifying political dialogue : as a precondition for a renewed strategic partnership, Parliament invited the future partnership to focus, through an expanded dialogue, on the priority areas identified by both the AU and the EU, such as: economic development (via trade, Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs)); good governance, including human rights; human development via public services covering basic needs, such as education, health, access to water and sanitation, gender equality, science, technology and innovation; security and the fight against terrorism; migration and mobility; environment – including climate change. According to Members, budget support is the best way to carry out appropriation , providing governments with the means to determine their needs and priorities. They recalled: the importance of maintaining a legally binding framework on ACP-EU cooperation after 2020, while emphasising the principle of policy coherence for development in EU-Africa trade relations; the importance for Member States to respect the commitment to devote 0.7% of their GDP to Official Development Assistance (ODA). Building more resilient states and societies : Parliament considered it necessary to make resilience (political, security, environmental, economic and social) a major component of the new EU-Africa strategy. In particular, Members called for efforts to be undertaken to: strengthen good governance, democracy, the rule of law, respect for human rights by extending the conditionality of development aid to the strict observance of these values, as well as the fight against corruption on both continents; improve cooperation in the areas of security and justice with a view to adopting a comprehensive approach to better combat organized crime, human trafficking and smuggling of migrants, in particular minors, as well as terrorism; enhance cooperation within the EU-Africa Strategy aimed at preventing impunity, promoting the rule of law and the expansion of police and judicial capacities; develop a strategic approach to building climate resilience and to support African countries in their adaptation efforts and invest more in the areas of renewable energy; increase cooperation between the European and African private sectors and for the concentration of investment, particularly by means of public-private partnerships ; create decent jobs by ensuring compliance with the standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO); better coordinate their aid for trade programmes and to boost synergies with their Africa investment policies; ensure non-discrimination against vulnerable groups, including persons with disabilities and indigenous peoples and promote appropriate public policies and investments in the area of ​​sexual and reproductive health and rights; strengthen Africa's national education systems by investing at least 20% of the national budget in these systems to ensure universal, inclusive, equitable and long-term access to quality education at all levels, from early childhood and early childhood. all, with a focus on girls and in emergency and crisis situations; break down the barriers faced by women and other vulnerable groups, including children, people with disabilities and LGBTI people; co-ordinate migration and mobility between Europe and Africa in co-operation with countries of origin, transit and destination and based on the principles of solidarity, shared responsibility, respect and of human dignity. Parliament renewed its invitation to promote legal immigration and invited Member States to offer their resettlement places to many refugees; step up their financial contribution to trust funds and other instruments aiming to foster inclusive and sustainable growth and stimulate job creation thus contributing to addressing the root causes of migration . In this regard, Parliament’s scrutiny role should be extended to ensure that migration partnerships and funding tools are compatible with EU legal basis, principles and commitments.
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  • The Committee on Development adopted the own-initiative report by Maurice PONGA (EPP, FR) on the EU-Africa Strategy: a boost for development.

    Given that the EU is Africa’s main partner in the fields of economic activity and trade as well as development, humanitarian aid and security, Members called for a new vision for this partnership that reflects the evolution of the political, economic, environmental and social situations of both continents.

    The Cotonou Agreement with the EU, to which 79 ACP States are parties, including 48 in sub-Saharan Africa, governs the main partnership between the EU and Africa.

    In financial terms, the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) has a budget of EUR 30.5 billion, of which EUR 900 million are reserved for the African Peace Facility, and EUR 1.4 billion of the EDF will be used for the EU Trust Fund for Africa. More than EUR 5 billion have been spent on the needs of African countries in the context of the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI), and EUR 845 million have been allocated to the Pan-African Programme under the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) to implement the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES).

    Intensifying political dialogue: as a precondition for a renewed strategic partnership, Members invited the future partnership to focus on the priority areas identified by both the AU and the EU, such as:

    • economic development (via trade, Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs));
    • good governance, including human rights;
    • human development via public services covering basic needs, such as education, health, access to water and sanitation, gender equality, science, technology and innovation;
    • security and the fight against terrorism;
    • migration and mobility;
    • environment – including climate change.

    According to Members, budget support is the best way to carry out appropriation, providing governments with the means to determine their needs and priorities.

    Building more resilient states and societies: Members considered it necessary to make resilience (political, security, environmental, economic and social) a major component of the new EU-Africa strategy.

    In particular, Members called for efforts to be undertaken to:

    • enhance cooperation between the EU and Africa in the field of security and justice in respect of the international legal framework in order to take a holistic approach to tackling problems and to better combat organised crime, human trafficking and smuggling particularly in relation to children, and terrorism;
    • enhance cooperation within the EU-Africa Strategy aimed at preventing impunity, promoting the rule of law and the expansion of police and judicial capacities;
    • develop a strategic approach to building climate resilience and to support African countries;
    • increase cooperation between the European and African private sectors and for the concentration of investment, particularly by means of public-private partnerships;
    • better coordinate their aid for trade programmes and to boost synergies with their Africa investment policies;
    • ensure non-discrimination against vulnerable groups, including persons with disabilities and indigenous peoples;
    • strengthen African national education systems to ensure universal, inclusive, equitable and long-term access to high-quality education at all levels, from early childhood onwards and for all, with a special focus on girls, and including in emergency and crisis situations; 
    • break down the barriers faced by women and other vulnerable groups, including children, people with disabilities and LGBTI people;
    • step up their financial contribution to trust funds and other instruments aiming to foster inclusive and sustainable growth and stimulate job creation thus contributing to addressing the root causes of migration. In this regard, the report also asked for a stronger scrutiny role of the European Parliament to ensure that migration partnerships and funding tools are compatible with EU legal basis, principles and commitments.
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