Visit by Commission President to Cabo Verde advances "Special Partnership"
The EU-Cabo Verde "Special Partnership", launched in 2007, strengthened during a visit to the country by President of the European Commission, José Manuel Durão Barroso 26-27 October.
An agreement was signed during the President Barroso's visit on easier entry visas for Cabo Verdeans visiting the EU – an evolving feature of the Special Partnership. There was also agreement on the mid-term review of the 10th EDF which earmarks €51 million for the country 2008-2013, largely to alleviate urban and rural poverty. As one of the top performers among ACP states in reaching development objectives, in the framework of the "Millennium Development Goals (MDG) initiative", Cabo Verde was allocated an additional €10.2 million following the mid-term review.
More than 90% of the EU's assistance to the country under the 10th EDF is in the form of budget support. The country also benefits from the Non State Actors and Local Authorities in Development thematic programme, the instrument for the promotion of democracy and human rights and the ACP-EU Energy Facility, among others. A Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and Cabo Verde for supporting the implementation of the sectoral fisheries policy of Cape Verde is ongoing until 2014. In the context of the Special Partnership, a Mobility Partnership between the UE and Cabo Verde was signed in 2008 and the country participates in the transnational Madeira, Azores, Canaries (MAC) cooperation programme for the period 2007-2013 and the cooperation mechanisms within the outermost regions.
The EU and Cabo Verde are currently in discussion over approval of a joint budget support programme under the 10th EDF. This planned funding will implement the country's "Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy" and develop the "Special Partnership" which is creating a framework of mutual interests beyond the donor-beneficiary relationship.
The Special Partnership is intended to strengthen dialogue and policy convergence between the republic of Cabo Verde and the European Union. It is based on the following pillars: (i) The good governance policy pursued by Cape Verde, and especially the consolidation of democracy, the rule of law and the participation of civil society. The partnership also focusses on the rights of children and women, the integration of immigrants, the fight against domestic violence and also the reform of the justice and public finance sectors; (ii) Security and stability, through activities implemented on a cross-border and regional basis in particular, in the areas of the fight against transnational organised crime, efficient management of migration flows and maritime security; (iii) Regional integration; (iv) Convergence of technology and standards policies; (v) Progress towards a “knowledge-based society” by encouraging economic, social and cultural development though education, research and information and communication technologies and (vi) the fight against poverty, in particular through environmental protection, the protection of natural resources, the preservation of the marine environment and closer cooperation in the area of fisheries.
On São Vicente Island, President Barroso visited several EDF-financed projects: three sanitation projects on Praia, Calheta and Mindelo; a project promoting business skills amongst young people and another strengthening civil society. The Commission President, who received the Amilcar Cabral medal of honour during his visit, paid homage to Cabo Verde's rich culture.
The country is also a beneficiary of the EU's cooperation with Portuguese-speaking African countries. Angola, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé and Príncipe, together with East Timor, benefit from a €33.1 million sum under the 10th EDF.
Find out more: http://www.eeas.europa.eu/delegations/cape_verde/index_fr.htm (available in French and Portuguese)