Second EU/Africa Summit: statements by the Council and the EC (extracts)
End production: 11/12/2007 First transmission: 11/12/2007
European and African leaders met in Lisbon, Portugal, to work out together a new and more dynamic partnership on important issues such as immigration, trade and peace keeping. For the first time, the European Parliament and the Pan-African Parliament held a Pre-Summit one day before the start of this important event. The signal the European and African members sent had been clear and outlined in a joint declaration, signed by Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the EP, and by Gertrude Mongella, President of the Pan-African Parliament. Both Presidents had been invited to speak at the opening of the summit. The long attended EU/Africa summit ended with the adoption of a final text. The ambitious action plan is foreseen to get realised in the next years and further summits are foreseen every 3 years.
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||Exterior view of the European Parliament in Strasbourg
||Manuel Lobo Antunes, Portuguese Secretary of State for European Affairs and President in office of the Council (in PORTUGUESE) saying that the second EU/Africa summit should not be seen as the end of the road; it gave clear references, there will be a follow up by summit meeting which will be held each three years
||Louis Michel, Member of the EC in charge of Development and Humanitarian Aid, (in FRENCH) saying that the democracy, good governance and human rights are not any more 'taboo'; many African countries want to make progress, not for Europe, but for their own people;
about the European Partnership Agreements; saying that there were agreements with several African leaders; they explained what is really at stake with the EPA's; the short term requirement is to make sure the compatibility with the WTO is guaranteed, to make sure that no EPA's country is in less optimal situation in 2008
||Maria Martens, Member of the EP, (in DUTCH) saying that the bases of the EU's relationship with Africa have changed from dominating to dialogue; both have responsibility when it comes to policies and common strategies; common strategies are needed to tackle the problems affecting both continents
||Josep Borrell Fontelles, Member of the EP, (in SPANISH) saying that they need to have a peer-to peer relationship, without any complexes and this means confronting certain African leaders
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