On 12 September 2018, on the occasion of his State of the Union Address, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EC, proposed a new 'Africa – Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs' to focus investment where it matters most: in skills and job creation. To achieve this, a more effective governance model and greater collaboration between multilateral and national development actors in Europe is needed.
The European Commission is thus today setting out a number of ways to address the investment challenges and opportunities in Africa, the EU's Neighbourhood and the wider world. These include calls for joint initiatives between multilateral and national development actors and a reinforced European financial architecture able to meet the ambition of the newly proposed Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument.
This video shows an extract from the speech.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||European flags waving
||SOUNDBITE by Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EC, (in GERMAN)
||General view of the hemicyle of the European Parliament
||SOUNDBITE by Jean-Claude Juncker (in GERMAN)
||SOUNDBITE by Jean-Claude Juncker (in FRENCH) saying that the European Commission is proposing trade alliances with Africa that would create 10 million jobs in just 5 years
||SOUNDBITE by Jean-Claude Juncker (in ENGLISH) saying that from 19 March 2019 the United Kingdom will always remain a very close political, economic and security partner of the European Union
||SOUNDBITE by Jean-Claude Juncker (in FRENCH) saying that it is absurd for European airlines to buy aircraft in dollars and not euros ; the euro must be the active instrument of European sovereignty
||SOUNDBITE by Jean-Claude Juncker (in FRENCH) saying that the European Commission is concerned about the evolution of some of its member states; Article 7 must apply where the rule of law is at risk; it therefore supports the work of Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the EC in charge of Better Regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights
||SOUNDBITE by Jean-Claude Juncker (in FRENCH) saying that he loves Europe and that it is the great story of his life
||MEPs applaud Jean-Claude Juncker's speech (5 shots)