The Africa-EU Partnership - A Joint EU Strategy, Lisbon, Portugal, 9 December 2007

Sectors : International partnerships and support for Pan-African institutions, Institutional development, Regional cooperation and integration
Organisation : AU, EU
Date made: 
2007
Level: 
Heads Of State
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Commitments in: Development partnerships - International partnerships and support for Pan-African institutions

“32. The AU is putting into place a new pan-African governance architecture and Africa is developing its public and private institutional capacity at all levels – national, regional and continental. In this context, the EU is committed to supporting institutional development, knowledge-sharing and capacity-building. EU support, based on dialogue and incentives, will build on the approach followed to integrate governance in the EDF programming, under the Governance Initiative, under which additional funding is provided to partner countries committed to engaging in reforms. EU support provided will apply the principle of African and local ownership and should follow African agendas.

33. Two particularly promising cases of Africa-owned governance reform programmes and democracy-building efforts are the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance. To support the APRM process and the implementation of the Charter, and more broadly the pan-African governance architecture, the EU will set up an instrument that takes into account the positive experience with the African Peace Facility and which combines strong African ownership of programme design and implementation with provisions for strategic and political EU-level involvement. Specific support and cooperation are foreseen with the African Court for Human and Peoples’ Rights, the African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Pan-African Parliament and the AU Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC).”

Scope: 
Africa

Commitments in: Development partnerships - Regional cooperation and integration

“99. One particular challenge is to simplify the institutional framework for regional integration and its articulation with the EPA-related groupings. Regional Economic Communities (RECs) are important for the continental economic and political integration agenda and should continue to be key partners for the EU in Africa. The EU and AU will aim at integrating the RECs and the Sub-Regional Organisations (SROs) in the present institutional architecture and at minimizing overlap between, and conflicting mandates of, the entities concerned. The issue of the configuration of the EPA-related groupings is of particular importance in this context.”

Scope: 
Africa