By J. Mangala
The adoption of the Joint Africa-EU technique (JAES) in 2007 was once a watershed second in Africa-EU kin, one who sought to 'reinvent' a old courting to satisfy the demanding situations posed by means of advanced interdependencies, increasing globalization, and transforming into pageant, all framed through the slow dislocation of the West because the epicenter of worldwide politics. 5 years into its implementation, this ebook bargains a radical and primary complete research of the JAES, the main complicated kind of interregionalism visible up to now.
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The Lisbon Summit Since 2000, the road from Cairo had been bumpy and the continent-to-continent political dialogue that Cairo saw to establish came under stress and was faced with a wide range of challenges stemming from a changing regional and international context and shifting priorities and approaches. The fact that it took seven years between the first and the second Africa-EU summit speaks volume of the challenges encountered in carrying forward the Cairo agenda. Seven years after the Cairo Summit, a fundamental shift in EU-Africa relations was needed to give a new impetus to the political dialogue between the two parties.
30 He went on to caution the Summit against committing to another action plan when earlier commitments have not been implemented. We will return to the implementation debate and assess the merits of President Zuma’s claim in the second part of the book. 1. What Added Value? There seems to be a broad consensus on the fact the JAES’ added value—compared to existing frameworks such as the Cotonou Partnership Agreement—lies primarily in its ambitious political agenda to substantially transform Africa-EU relations and chart a new path to their continent-to-continent dialogue.
Second, some partnerships dealing with “sensitive” questions are led by institutional actors, that is, the EU Council and the Commission. Each partnership has an Implementation Team (EU ITs), an instrument that brings together the EC, the General Secretariat of the Council (GSC) and member states involved in the partnership to discuss its working. The EU ITs have played an important role in framing EU positions on various partnership issues. 2 for an overview. 2 EU Lead Countries and Institutions in JAES Partnerships Partnerships Lead Countries/Institutions Peace and Security Democratic Governance and Human Rights Trade, Regional Integration and Infrastructure Millennium Development Goals Energy Climate Change and Environment Migration, Mobility and Employment Science, Information Society and Space General Secretariat of EU Council Germany EU Commission United Kingdom Austria, Germany France Spain France, Portugal Source : Compiled by the author from various JAES documents Overall, member states’ involvement in and contribution to the working of the JAES seems to vary greatly across the board.
Africa and the European Union: A Strategic Partnership by J. Mangala