Visit of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairwoman of the African Union Commission (AUC), to José Manuel Barroso: extracts from the joint press briefing
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 20/02/2013 First transmission: 20/02/2013
On 20 February 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairwoman of the African Union Commission (AUC), to discuss strengthening international, bilateral and economic relations between the EU and the AU. Security and development issues were also addressed.
José Manuel Barroso and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma held a joint press briefing after their meeting.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior of the EU Commission building
||Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairwoman of the African Union Commission (AUC)
||SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that, as President of the European Commission, the strengthening of the relations between the European Union and Africa is one of his top political priorities; he believes in the potential of EU/Africa relations; the two continents are united by strong bonds of friendship; they have experience in the past, not always the best experience, but, more importantly, they have a very important future to build together; and the African Union is of course a key partner and is also the most important interlocutor in the EU's relationship to Africa.
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||SOUNDBITE by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (in ENGLISH) saying that they balance peace and security issues and development because these are two sides of the same coin; if there is no development, eventually there will be no stability and if there is no stability, no development; so they want to balance this as they go forward; but they are looking forward to look at this pan-African instrument that can look at development and integration issues of the continent, in addition to the bilateral and regional cooperation that the EU has with the African countries.
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||SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that the current situation in Mali is an example of how the international community, and in particular Europe and Africa, can work together to face today’s challenges and threats.
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||SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that the European Development Fund for the next financial period will remain considerable: around 27 billion euro, an increase compared with the current period; he is also hopeful that the Commission proposal to create a pan-African programme, which will support continental integration, will also be part of the final deal; they have discussed this in very concrete terms with Dr Zuma: the need to have a continental approach, at the European and African level, the need to push for integration.
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