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Cyclone “Idai”: initial EU emergency aid package for EUR 3.5 million

Joint Press Statement by the Co-Presidents of the ACP – EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly on Cyclone “Idai”

Joseph Owona Kono, Co-President and Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar, acting Co-President said: “It is with great sadness and dismay that we learned of the devastating effects of tropical cyclone “Idai” that affected Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe just a few days ago. This tropical cyclone, ravaging southern Africa, is possibly the…

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Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) adopt new Fisheries Partnership with Morocco including Western Sahara

A new agreement on the legal, environmental, economic and social governance of EU vessels’ fishing activities in Morocco and Western Sahara waters was approved on Tuesday

Sets fishing opportunities for EU vessels; does not prejudice political process on final status of Western Sahara; promotes sustainable fishing policy. The new Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement (SFPA) includes the waters of Western Sahara and aims to take into account the conclusions reached by the EU Court of Justice on…

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Preferential tariffs to help Western Sahara to develop

It guarantees that products coming from the Western Sahara can be clearly tracked, to make sure the benefits of the lower tariffs go to the local population

Western Sahara will enjoy preferential trade tariffs on its exports to the EU; origin of products will be traceable; agreement allows region to develop even before a political solution is found On Wednesday, Parliament backed a proposal to lower tariffs in the territory of Western Sahara to the same level…

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Libya: Situation of migrants and rescue operations up for discussion

The situation of migrants in Libya and the conditions under which the Libyan coast guard is conducting rescue operations will be up for debate in the European Parliament (EP) on Tuesday

Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will try to get clarification from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Frontex and the Search and Rescue Observatory for the Mediterranean (SAROBMED) about Libya being assigned a Search and Rescue area in the Mediterranean. Being in charge of managing a SAR area implies that vessels carrying…

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The EU and Africa are bound by common values, says South African President

The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, addressed Members of European Parliament in a formal sitting on Wednesday

Commemorating the centenary of the birth of former South African President Nelson Mandela, who in 1994 became the country’s first black head of state following the dismantling of the oppressive apartheid regime, Mr Ramaphosa said: “As we celebrate the birth of Nelson Mandela, the founding father of our democratic nation,…

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Tajani: In the absence of a central role for the EU, the future of Libya will be in the hands of other countries

In the absence of a stable Libyan government that can control the country´s borders and territory, managing migration flows from Libya´s coast will become more difficult

“The future of Libya is being decided now, and the EU has to play a central role in managing this crisis. If we are not able to carry out this task, we will leave the door open for the ambitions and interests of countries, such as Russia, Egypt or the…

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President Tajani receives the President of Angola: we must strengthen European Union action in Africa

Angola is undergoing a democratic transition since the election of President Lourenço in 2017

The EU must strengthen its action in Angola and, more in general, in Africa,’’ said European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, following today’s meeting with the President of Angola, João Lourenço. In the next Multilateral Financial Framework - added Tajani – EUR 40 billion should be earmarked for a comprehensive Marshall…

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Human rights: Breaches in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Sudan

MEPs urge Sudan to commute the death sentence of Noura Hussein Hammad, who was sentenced to death for killing her husband while trying to prevent him from raping her again

Iran should stop the unlawful prosecution of EU-Iranian dual nationals Saudi Arabia needs to adopt legislation to guarantee women’s rights Sudan urged to commute the death sentence of Noura Hussein Hammad MEPs call for the respect of human rights defenders, fair treatment of prisoners and for the respect of women’s…

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Libya: EU efforts should focus on protecting migrants, Members of the European Parliament say

Libya needs a government backed by a broad national consensus, said MEPs on Wednesday, adding that Libyans should decide the future form of their state

UN plan is currently the only viable framework for a solution MEPs call for elections to be held in 2018 Migrant smuggling and human trafficking networks should be dismantled In their recommendation on Libya, passed by 486 votes to 150, with 44 abstentions, MEPs call on the EU Council, Commission…

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Guinea President Alpha Condé to address Parliament Tuesday at noon

Alpha Condé, President of the Republic of Guinea, will address MEPs in a formal sitting at 12.00 on Tuesday in the Strasbourg Chamber

President Condé is likely to call on MEPs to strengthen EU relations with Africa, take stock of his year as President of the African Union (AU) and mention the recent signing of the agreement on the Continental Free Trade Area (ZLEC) and progress on the African Renewable Energy Initiative. He…