Ahead of the EU-African Union summit, European Council President Charles Michel participated by way of video hyperlink in a debate on local weather and power within the Africa-Europe partnership, organised by the Africa Europe basis on January 21, noting the extra their societies are interconnected, the extra they are going to have the ability to succeed collectively and to arrange a greater world.
“We want more prosperity in Africa and in Europe. And it’s a common interest: more prosperity taking into account the global challenges – climate change, digital revolution, energy, infrastructure, health, and all those challenges,” Michel mentioned. “The importance of financing, of channelling the money we need to make the right choices, and the importance of accountability. This is not the first time that we have made great statements, but we were not necessarily able to make sure that we were able to implement what we had decided together. That’s why this question of governance accountability, in my opinion, should be an important element for this future partnership,” he added.
Addressing Senegal’s President Macky Sall, who is because of take over the reins of the African Union (AU) in February, Michel referred to as for a brand new alliance between Africa and Europe.
“I am very pleased to cooperate and coordinate a lot with our friend Macky Sall. We had the pleasure of being together in Senegal a few weeks ago. Macky, you were in Brussels a few weeks ago in December with some other African leaders to have informal exchanges of views, in order to prepare the next summit that we will have in Brussels in February,” Michel mentioned.
Turning again to the EU-African Union summit, Michel mentioned it will likely be a possibility for a brand new paradigm, for a brand new approach, for a brand new alliance between Africa and Europe. “And this is why we have tried, in recent weeks, in recent months, to work a lot together – African friends, European friends. And thank you, also, for the role of this foundation in ensuring that we share the same views as much as possible, that we share the same priorities, and that we are ready to take the same measures, to decide together,” Michel mentioned.
“It signifies that we have to agree – it will likely be one of many objectives of the summit – on the ideas for the longer term relationship between Africa and Europe. Mutual respect, sincerity, mutual pursuits, a task for the non-public sector, and the way it’s doable on either side to enhance governance.
Turning to safety and stability, Michel mentioned EU and Africa must have a political dialogue to cooperate and to coordinate. Fom the European aspect, the EU plans to develop the instruments which might be helpful to help and to assist its African companions to develop African options to enhance the extent of stability and enhance the extent of safety, he mentioned.
Michel mentioned the EU-African Union summit ought to be an essential second for the longer term relationship. “We have many challenges that we need to tackle and to address in common,” Michel mentioned, including, “And I’m very grateful again to all of you for your involvement and for your participation because what’s important is not only a meeting with the leaders – what is important is also the societies in Africa and in Europe”.