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CALENDRIER du 18 décembre au 07 janvier 2018

CALENDRIER du 18 décembre au 07 janvier 2018

(Susceptible de modifications en cours de semaine)

Déplacements et visites

 

Lundi 18 décembre 2017

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Thorbjørn Jagland, the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives the Prime Ministers of the Western Balkans partners.

Mr Andrus Ansip and Mr Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecommunications and Postal Services, visit MolenGeek coding school in Molenbeek, Belgium.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Mr Andrea Rossi, Chief Executive Officer of AXA IM and Board Director.

Johannes Hahn in Vienna, Austria: meets Mr Thomas Greminger, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

Mr Neven Mimica in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (until 19/12): participates in the 34th Session of the Africa Caribbean Pacific-European Union Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis receives Mr Dirk Jacobs, Mr Hubert Weber, Ms Mella Frewen, representatives of FoodDrinkEurope.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis receives Mr Ulrich Josef Brandenburg, Mr Seán Ó Riain, Mr Witdoeckt Flory, representatives of the Europa Esperanto-Unio (EEU). 

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos in Athens, Greece: participates in the Greek Economic Forum ‘Ministry for Tomorrow’ event; and delivers a keynote speech at the London School of Economics (LSE) alumni event at the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

M. Pierre Moscovici à Londres: rencontre M. Philip Hammond, Chancelier de l’Echiquier; prononce un discours à une table ronde organisée par Policy Network; participe à une conférence organisée par the London School of Economics.

Mr Christos Stylianides in Hamburg, Germany: meets Mr Andy Grote, Senator for Internal Affairs and Sport of the State of Hamburg; visits the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine.

Mr Christos Stylianides in Hannover, Germany: meets Mr Stephan Weil, Minister President of Lower Saxony; Mr Boris Pistorius, Minister for Internal Affairs and Sport of Lower Saxony.

Mr Phil Hogan participates in the2017 EU Agricultural Outlook Conference, in Brussels.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska in Madrid, Spain: delivers a keynote speech at a meeting with Professional Women’s Network and delivers another keynote speech at a seminar on Tourism and Culture: Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals in Europe.

Ms Violeta Bulc in New Dehli, India; delivers a keynote speech at the Business roundtable “India’s modernisation agenda: opportunities and challenges for European transport companies”; meets Mr Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways, and Shipping; meets Mr Piyush Goyal, Minster for Railways.

Ms Corina Creţu in Bucharest, Romania (until 19/12): participates in the signing ceremony of the financing agreement on Improving the Competitiveness of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, Regional Operational Program 2014-2020, together with Mr Mihai Tudose, Prime Minister of Romania, and Mr Marius Nica, Minister–delegate for European Funds of Romania. She also visits an EU-funded project:  “Multi Risk – Module I”, Large Infrastructure Operational Program, together with Ms Carmen Daniela Dan, Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr Marius Nica, Minister–delegate for European Funds of Romania, and Mr Raed Arafat, Secretary of State, Head of the Department for Emergency Situations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Then, Ms Creţu visits the Children Center “St. Muceniţă Sofia”; meets Mr Felix Stroe, Minister of Transport; participates in the Structural Funds Gala, organised by the Representation of the European Commission in Romania and Structural Consulting Group.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Copenhagen, Denmark: meets Ms Lizette Riisgaard, President of the Confederation of Danish Trade Unions.

Mr Carlos Moedas delivers a keynote speech at the Award Ceremony of the Corporate Startup Stars at the Startup Europe Partnership (SEP), in Brussels.

Ms Mariya Gabriel in Geneva, Switzerland: attends the 12thInternet Governance Forum.

 

Mardi 19 décembre 2017

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Gérard Larcher, President of the French Senate.

Mr Frans Timmermans and Mr Andrus Ansip receive Mr Dieter Kempf, President of Federation of German industries (BDI).

Mr Frans Timmermans and Mr Karmenu Vella receive Ms Stientje van Veldhoven, State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management of The Netherlands.

Ms Federica Mogherini is in Beirut, Lebanon.

Mr Andrus Ansip receives Mr Nick Clegg, Head of office “Open Reason”.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Mr Magnus Berntsson, President of the Assembly of European Regions (AER) and President of the R20-Regions of Climate Action (R20).

Mr Jyrki Katainen delivers a speech on European Defence at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) series on the Future of Europe, in Brussels.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Secretary of the Economy of Mexico.

Ms Cecilia Malmström delivers welcome remarks at the 2017 Export Control Forum, in Brussels.

Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Secretary of Economy of Mexico.

M. Pierre Moscovici reçoit M. Gabriel Zucman, chercheur à Université de Californie, M.  Ludvig Wier et M. Thomas Tørsløv, chercheurs à  Université de Copenhague, à Bruxelles.

M. Pierre Moscovici participe à la cérémonie publique d’hommage à Simone Veil et Euro Chanukah organisée par le European Jewish Community Centre à Bruxelles.

Mr Christos Stylianides in Bremen, Germany: meets Mr Christian Weber, President of the Parliament of the State of Bremen. He also meets with the representatives of the Committee for Federal and European Affairs, International Contacts and Development Policy of the Parliament of the State of Bremen; Mr Ulrich Mäurer, Senator for the Interior of the State of Bremen;Mr Joachim Lohse, Senator for the Environment, Construction and Transport of the State of Bremen. He then visits the Maritime Search and Rescue Service of Germany and the Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association (BORDA e.V.).

Mr Phil Hogan in Paris, France: participates in a national conference on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Ms Violeta Bulc in New Dehli, India; meets Mr Pusupati Ashok Gajapati Raju, Minister for Civil Aviation; meets Mr Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs.

Ms Corina Creţu in Bucharest, Romania: attends the Award ceremony of the “European Leader” Contest, organised by the European Commission Representation in Romania; participates in a Citizens’ Dialogue, together with Mr Marius Nica, Minister–delegate for European Funds of Romania.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Copenhagen, Denmark:meets Mr Karsten Dybvad, CEO of the Confederation of Danish Industries; meets party leader Mr Uffe Elbaek, Danish party Alternativet; meets Mr Kristian Jensen, Minister of Finance of Denmark; meets Mr Soren Pape, Minister for Justice of Denmark and leader of Danish conservative party.

Mr Carlos Moedas receives Mr Xavier Barcons, Director General of the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO).

Ms Mariya Gabriel reçoit Mme Véronique Desbrosses, Directrice générale du European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers (GESAC).

 

Mercredi 20 décembre 2017

Meeting of the College of Commissioners.

Mr Karmenu Vella receives Mr Goran Trivan, Minister for Environmental Protection of Serbia.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis receives Vice-President of European Investment Bank, Mr Ambroise Fayolle.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos and Ms Marianne Thyssen host the signing ceremony for the partnership on integration with social partners, in Brussels.

M. Pierre Moscovici à Lisbonne: rencontre M. Mario Centeno, Président de l’Eurogroupe.

Mr Carlos Moedas attends with Mr Ambroise Fayolle, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), the signature ceremony of the InnovFin Energy Demonstration Projects loans for CHO TIPER  and Oxford Photovoltaics Ltd. (Oxford PV).

Mr Carlos Moedas receives representatives from the Ordem dos Enfermeros (Portuguese Order of Nurses).

 

Jeudi 21 décembre 2017

Johannes Hahn in The Hague, The Netherlands: participates at the closing ceremony of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Mr Karmenu Vella receives Mr Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR).

Mr Karmenu Vella receives representatives from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

M. Pierre Moscovici à Lisbonne: prononce un discours lors d’une conférence organisée par le journal Diário Notícias à l’occasion du 153ième anniversaire.

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Ispra, Italy: visit to the European School in Varese and meets with staff and senior students. He also meets with staff of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and visits the Interoperability and Vehicles Emissions Laboratories.

Mr Carlos Moedas receives Mr Paul Marie Chavanne, President of GeoPost.

Mr Carlos Moedas receives Ms Mariana Mazzucato, Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value and Director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London (UCL).

Mr Carlos Moedas receives Mr Manuel Castro Almeida, Director of Ernst and Young in Portugal.

Vendredi 22 décembre 2017

 

Samedi 23 décembre 2017

 

Dimanche 24 décembre 2017

 

Prévisions du mois de décembre:

11/12 Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), in Brussels.

11-12/12 Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRIFISH), in Brussels.

11-14/12 European Parliament plenary session, in Strasbourg.

12/12 General Affairs Council (GAC), in Brussels.

12/12 General Affairs Council (Art. 50), in Brussels.

14-15/12 European Council, in Brussels.

18/12 Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (TTE), in Brussels.

19/12 Environnent Council (ENVI), in Brussels.

 

Permanence DG COMM le WE du 16 au 17 décembre 2017:

Christian WIGAND: +32 (0)460 764 700

Permanence DG COMM le WE du 23 au 31 décembre 2017:

Anna-Kaisa ITKONEN: +32 (0)460 764 328

Permanence DG COMM le WE du 01 au 02 janvier 2018:

Natasha BERTAUD: +32 (0)460 767 456

Permanence RAPID – GSM: +32 (0) 498 982 748

Service Audiovisuel, planning studio – tél. : +32 (0)2/295 21 23

 

CALENDRIER du 03 janvier au 07 janvier 2018

(Susceptible de modifications en cours de semaine)

Déplacements et visites

 

Mercredi 03 janvier 2018

 

Jeudi 04 janvier 2018

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Bratislava, Slovakia; participates in the opening ceremony for the first ever battery assisted fast charging system in Central and Eastern Europe.

Vendredi 05 janvier 2018

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Vilnius, Lithuania: meets with the Committee responsible for double quality in food of Lithuanian Parliament.

Mr Christos Stylianides in Luxemburg: meets Mr Dan Kersch, Minister for Interior of Luxemburg.

Mr Carlos Moedas in Lisbon, Portugal; delivers a keynote speech at the opening session of the initiative Catolica Research (CARE) at the Conference Ciência Aberta organised by Universidade Catolica.

 

Samedi 06 janvier 2018

 

Dimanche 07 janvier 2018

 

Prévisions du mois de janvier:

15-18/01 European Parliament plenary session, in Strasbourg.

22/01 – Foreign Affairs Council, in Brussels.

22/01 – Eurogroup, in Brussels.

23/01 – Economic and Financial Affairs Council, in Brussels.

25-26/01 – Informal meeting of justice and home affairs ministers, in Sofia, Bulgaria.

29/01 – Agriculture and Fisheries Council, in Brussels.

 

Permanence DG COMM le WE du 06 au 07 janvier 2018:

Mina Andreeva: +32 (0)498 991 382

Permanence RAPID – GSM: +32 (0) 498 982 748

Service Audiovisuel, planning studio – tél. : +32 (0)229 52123

CALENDRIER du 18 décembre au 07 janvier 2018

CALENDRIER du 18 décembre au 07 janvier 2018

(Susceptible de modifications en cours de semaine)

Déplacements et visites

 

Lundi 18 décembre 2017

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Thorbjørn Jagland, the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives the Prime Ministers of the Western Balkans partners.

Mr Andrus Ansip and Mr Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecommunications and Postal Services, visit MolenGeek coding school in Molenbeek, Belgium.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Mr Andrea Rossi, Chief Executive Officer of AXA IM and Board Director.

Johannes Hahn in Vienna, Austria: meets Mr Thomas Greminger, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

Mr Neven Mimica in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (until 19/12): participates in the 34th Session of the Africa Caribbean Pacific-European Union Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis receives Mr Dirk Jacobs, Mr Hubert Weber, Ms Mella Frewen, representatives of FoodDrinkEurope.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis receives Mr Ulrich Josef Brandenburg, Mr Seán Ó Riain, Mr Witdoeckt Flory, representatives of the Europa Esperanto-Unio (EEU). 

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos in Athens, Greece: participates in the Greek Economic Forum ‘Ministry for Tomorrow’ event; and delivers a keynote speech at the London School of Economics (LSE) alumni event at the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

M. Pierre Moscovici à Londres: rencontre M. Philip Hammond, Chancelier de l’Echiquier; prononce un discours à une table ronde organisée par Policy Network; participe à une conférence organisée par the London School of Economics.

Mr Christos Stylianides in Hamburg, Germany: meets Mr Andy Grote, Senator for Internal Affairs and Sport of the State of Hamburg; visits the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine.

Mr Christos Stylianides in Hannover, Germany: meets Mr Stephan Weil, Minister President of Lower Saxony; Mr Boris Pistorius, Minister for Internal Affairs and Sport of Lower Saxony.

Mr Phil Hogan participates in the2017 EU Agricultural Outlook Conference, in Brussels.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska in Madrid, Spain: delivers a keynote speech at a meeting with Professional Women’s Network and delivers another keynote speech at a seminar on Tourism and Culture: Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals in Europe.

Ms Violeta Bulc in New Dehli, India; delivers a keynote speech at the Business roundtable “India’s modernisation agenda: opportunities and challenges for European transport companies”; meets Mr Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways, and Shipping; meets Mr Piyush Goyal, Minster for Railways.

Ms Corina Creţu in Bucharest, Romania (until 19/12): participates in the signing ceremony of the financing agreement on Improving the Competitiveness of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, Regional Operational Program 2014-2020, together with Mr Mihai Tudose, Prime Minister of Romania, and Mr Marius Nica, Minister–delegate for European Funds of Romania. She also visits an EU-funded project:  “Multi Risk – Module I”, Large Infrastructure Operational Program, together with Ms Carmen Daniela Dan, Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr Marius Nica, Minister–delegate for European Funds of Romania, and Mr Raed Arafat, Secretary of State, Head of the Department for Emergency Situations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Then, Ms Creţu visits the Children Center “St. Muceniţă Sofia”; meets Mr Felix Stroe, Minister of Transport; participates in the Structural Funds Gala, organised by the Representation of the European Commission in Romania and Structural Consulting Group.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Copenhagen, Denmark: meets Ms Lizette Riisgaard, President of the Confederation of Danish Trade Unions.

Mr Carlos Moedas delivers a keynote speech at the Award Ceremony of the Corporate Startup Stars at the Startup Europe Partnership (SEP), in Brussels.

Ms Mariya Gabriel in Geneva, Switzerland: attends the 12thInternet Governance Forum.

 

Mardi 19 décembre 2017

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Gérard Larcher, President of the French Senate.

Mr Frans Timmermans and Mr Andrus Ansip receive Mr Dieter Kempf, President of Federation of German industries (BDI).

Mr Frans Timmermans and Mr Karmenu Vella receive Ms Stientje van Veldhoven, State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management of The Netherlands.

Ms Federica Mogherini is in Beirut, Lebanon.

Mr Andrus Ansip receives Mr Nick Clegg, Head of office “Open Reason”.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Mr Magnus Berntsson, President of the Assembly of European Regions (AER) and President of the R20-Regions of Climate Action (R20).

Mr Jyrki Katainen delivers a speech on European Defence at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) series on the Future of Europe, in Brussels.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Secretary of the Economy of Mexico.

Ms Cecilia Malmström delivers welcome remarks at the 2017 Export Control Forum, in Brussels.

Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Secretary of Economy of Mexico.

M. Pierre Moscovici reçoit M. Gabriel Zucman, chercheur à Université de Californie, M.  Ludvig Wier et M. Thomas Tørsløv, chercheurs à  Université de Copenhague, à Bruxelles.

M. Pierre Moscovici participe à la cérémonie publique d’hommage à Simone Veil et Euro Chanukah organisée par le European Jewish Community Centre à Bruxelles.

Mr Christos Stylianides in Bremen, Germany: meets Mr Christian Weber, President of the Parliament of the State of Bremen. He also meets with the representatives of the Committee for Federal and European Affairs, International Contacts and Development Policy of the Parliament of the State of Bremen; Mr Ulrich Mäurer, Senator for the Interior of the State of Bremen;Mr Joachim Lohse, Senator for the Environment, Construction and Transport of the State of Bremen. He then visits the Maritime Search and Rescue Service of Germany and the Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association (BORDA e.V.).

Mr Phil Hogan in Paris, France: participates in a national conference on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Ms Violeta Bulc in New Dehli, India; meets Mr Pusupati Ashok Gajapati Raju, Minister for Civil Aviation; meets Mr Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs.

Ms Corina Creţu in Bucharest, Romania: attends the Award ceremony of the “European Leader” Contest, organised by the European Commission Representation in Romania; participates in a Citizens’ Dialogue, together with Mr Marius Nica, Minister–delegate for European Funds of Romania.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Copenhagen, Denmark:meets Mr Karsten Dybvad, CEO of the Confederation of Danish Industries; meets party leader Mr Uffe Elbaek, Danish party Alternativet; meets Mr Kristian Jensen, Minister of Finance of Denmark; meets Mr Soren Pape, Minister for Justice of Denmark and leader of Danish conservative party.

Mr Carlos Moedas receives Mr Xavier Barcons, Director General of the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO).

Ms Mariya Gabriel reçoit Mme Véronique Desbrosses, Directrice générale du European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers (GESAC).

 

Mercredi 20 décembre 2017

Meeting of the College of Commissioners.

Mr Karmenu Vella receives Mr Goran Trivan, Minister for Environmental Protection of Serbia.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis receives Vice-President of European Investment Bank, Mr Ambroise Fayolle.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos and Ms Marianne Thyssen host the signing ceremony for the partnership on integration with social partners, in Brussels.

M. Pierre Moscovici à Lisbonne: rencontre M. Mario Centeno, Président de l’Eurogroupe.

Mr Carlos Moedas attends with Mr Ambroise Fayolle, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), the signature ceremony of the InnovFin Energy Demonstration Projects loans for CHO TIPER  and Oxford Photovoltaics Ltd. (Oxford PV).

Mr Carlos Moedas receives representatives from the Ordem dos Enfermeros (Portuguese Order of Nurses).

 

Jeudi 21 décembre 2017

Johannes Hahn in The Hague, The Netherlands: participates at the closing ceremony of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Mr Karmenu Vella receives Mr Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR).

Mr Karmenu Vella receives representatives from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

M. Pierre Moscovici à Lisbonne: prononce un discours lors d’une conférence organisée par le journal Diário Notícias à l’occasion du 153ième anniversaire.

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Ispra, Italy: visit to the European School in Varese and meets with staff and senior students. He also meets with staff of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and visits the Interoperability and Vehicles Emissions Laboratories.

Mr Carlos Moedas receives Mr Paul Marie Chavanne, President of GeoPost.

Mr Carlos Moedas receives Ms Mariana Mazzucato, Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value and Director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London (UCL).

Mr Carlos Moedas receives Mr Manuel Castro Almeida, Director of Ernst and Young in Portugal.

Vendredi 22 décembre 2017

 

Samedi 23 décembre 2017

 

Dimanche 24 décembre 2017

 

Prévisions du mois de décembre:

11/12 Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), in Brussels.

11-12/12 Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRIFISH), in Brussels.

11-14/12 European Parliament plenary session, in Strasbourg.

12/12 General Affairs Council (GAC), in Brussels.

12/12 General Affairs Council (Art. 50), in Brussels.

14-15/12 European Council, in Brussels.

18/12 Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (TTE), in Brussels.

19/12 Environnent Council (ENVI), in Brussels.

 

Permanence DG COMM le WE du 16 au 17 décembre 2017:

Christian WIGAND: +32 (0)460 764 700

Permanence DG COMM le WE du 23 au 31 décembre 2017:

Anna-Kaisa ITKONEN: +32 (0)460 764 328

Permanence DG COMM le WE du 01 au 02 janvier 2018:

Natasha BERTAUD: +32 (0)460 767 456

Permanence RAPID – GSM: +32 (0) 498 982 748

Service Audiovisuel, planning studio – tél. : +32 (0)2/295 21 23

 

CALENDRIER du 03 janvier au 07 janvier 2018

(Susceptible de modifications en cours de semaine)

Déplacements et visites

 

Mercredi 03 janvier 2018

 

Jeudi 04 janvier 2018

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Bratislava, Slovakia; participates in the opening ceremony for the first ever battery assisted fast charging system in Central and Eastern Europe.

Vendredi 05 janvier 2018

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Vilnius, Lithuania: meets with the Committee responsible for double quality in food of Lithuanian Parliament.

Mr Christos Stylianides in Luxemburg: meets Mr Dan Kersch, Minister for Interior of Luxemburg.

Mr Carlos Moedas in Lisbon, Portugal; delivers a keynote speech at the opening session of the initiative Catolica Research (CARE) at the Conference Ciência Aberta organised by Universidade Catolica.

 

Samedi 06 janvier 2018

 

Dimanche 07 janvier 2018

 

Prévisions du mois de janvier:

15-18/01 European Parliament plenary session, in Strasbourg.

22/01 – Foreign Affairs Council, in Brussels.

22/01 – Eurogroup, in Brussels.

23/01 – Economic and Financial Affairs Council, in Brussels.

25-26/01 – Informal meeting of justice and home affairs ministers, in Sofia, Bulgaria.

29/01 – Agriculture and Fisheries Council, in Brussels.

 

Permanence DG COMM le WE du 06 au 07 janvier 2018:

Mina Andreeva: +32 (0)498 991 382

Permanence RAPID – GSM: +32 (0) 498 982 748

Service Audiovisuel, planning studio – tél. : +32 (0)229 52123

EU will support Niger with assistance of €1 billion by 2020

At this occasion, Commissioner Mimica stressed: “Niger is facing numerous challenges and has already demonstrated on many occasions a strong political willingness and leadership to confront those challenges. The European Union will support the country with around 1 billion euros for the period of 2017-2020. Our focus will be on ensuring the delivery of basic social services, while continue addressing the pressing security challenges. One cannot come at the expense of the other.

This EU assistance was jointly defined with the Nigerien Government and will help to implement Niger’s 2017-2021 Economic and Social Development Plan. EU support will further contribute to strengthening State capacities and the delivery of social services. It will help to boost job creation and economic growth as well as increase food security and resilience and fight against climate change. A particular focus will be put on gender equality, girl’s empowerment and education. EU support will also sustain good governance efforts, the reform of the country’s security and justice systems, as well as the fight against irregular migration, trafficking and smuggling.

As part of the €1 billion envelope, Commissioner Mimica and the Nigerien Minister of finance, M. Massoudou Hassoumi have signed a first financing agreement of €40 million to increase the EU’s support in the sector of nutrition, food security and resilience. They also signed an agreement amounting to €64 million to build hybrid power plants in Agadez and in Gorou Banda. The action is co-financing from the French Development Agency (Agence française de développement), with EU grants worth €21 million.

Background

Niger faces major challenges in terms of development, where the population is in dire need of provision of basic services, job creation, rural development and access to energy. EU support to Niger under the National Indicative Programme (11th European Development Fund) amounts to €596 million for 2014-2020. It focuses on four sectors: (1) Food security, nutrition and resilience, (2) Reinforcing State capacities to implement social policies, (3) Security, Governance & peace consolidation and (4) Road access to areas affected by insecurity and conflict risks.

Niger benefits from the full range of European instruments to support its role in maintaining stability in the region, to address the economic, budgetary and humanitarian challenges and to support the country in implementing its national development plan for the benefit of the people of Niger. Niger is the first beneficiary of the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, which aims to address the root causes of instability, irregular migration and forced displacement.

The EU also supports the country in facing instability and insecurity, such as a surge of armed terrorist groups, increased transnational organised crime activities, as well as armed banditry, irregular migration and trafficking. To help tackle this, the EU is supporting Nigerien authorities through our civillian Common Security and Defence Policy Mission EUCAP Sahel Niger with advice and training, in order to strengthen their capacities in the fight against terrorism and organised crime. The EU also committed to support the Joint Force of the G5 Sahel countries (Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad) with €50 million to improve security and cross border cooperation in the region.

For More Information

MEMO – Coopération de l’Union européenne avec le Niger

Press release – European Union steps up its support for Niger to the tune of 609,9€ million (15/12/2016)

Joint motion for a resolution on the situation in Afghanistan – RC-B8-2017-0678

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the results of the Brussels International Conference on Afghanistan of 5 October 2016 co-chaired by the European Union,

–  having regard to its previous resolutions on Afghanistan, in particular those of 26 November 2015 on the situation in Afghanistan, in particular the killings in the province of Zabul(1) and of 13 June 2013 on the negotiations on an EU-Afghanistan cooperation agreement on partnership and development(2),

–  having regard to the Council conclusions on Afghanistan of 16 October 2017,

–  having regard to the statement made by the UN Security Council President on 14 September 2016 on the situation in Afghanistan,

–  having regard to UN Security Council Resolution 2210 (2015), UN Security Council Resolution 2344 (2017) and to the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA),

–  having regard to the joint communication from the Commission and the EEAS to the European Parliament and the Council on ‘Elements for an EU Strategy on Afghanistan’ of 24 July 2017 (JOIN(2017)0031),

–  having regard to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) report of 13 February 2017 entitled ‘Pakistan Coercion, UN Complicity: The Mass Forced Return of Afghan Refugees’,

–  having regard to the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction’s (SIGAR) Quarterly Report to the United States Congress of 30 January 2017,

–  having regard to the EU‐Afghanistan Joint Way Forward (JWF) on migration issues signed on 3 October 2016,

–  having regard to the EU-Afghanistan Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development signed on 18 February 2017,

–  having regard to the UN report on the Treatment of Conflict-Related Detainees in Afghanistan of April 2017,

–  having regard to Rule 123(2) and (4) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas the European Union and its Member States have been working with Afghanistan and the wider international community since 2001 to combat terrorism and extremism, while also striving to achieve sustainable peace and development; whereas, on account of increasing insurgent and terrorist pressure, a struggling economy and instability in the political sphere, these goals and the substantial progress which has been achieved are at risk;

B.  whereas the EU and its Member States have contributed billions of euros in humanitarian and developmental aid and assistance to Afghanistan since 2002; whereas the EU is Afghanistan’s largest development cooperation partner and is expected to provide up to EUR 5 billion of the total EUR 13.6 billion pledged to Afghanistan for the period 2017-2020 during the Brussels International Conference on Afghanistan in October 2016;

C.  whereas ensuring democracy, human rights, the rule of law and good governance throughout the transition in Afghanistan and into its decade of transformation (2015-2024) are essential to establishing a stable and prosperous state;

D.  whereas major increases in the standard of living have occurred over the past 15 years since 2001, as access to basic healthcare and education and the empowerment of women have increased GDP per capita fivefold and average life expectancy by 15 years; whereas, according to the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), since the collapse of the Taliban in 2001, attendance at general schools had risen from one million students, most of whom were boys, to almost nine million by 2015, with female students accounting for an estimated 39 % of the total;

E.  whereas on 24 July 2017 the Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy published a Joint Communication on an EU Strategy on Afghanistan; whereas the EU’s four priority areas critical to achieving progress in Afghanistan concern: a) promoting peace, stability and regional security; b) reinforcing democracy, the rule of law and human rights and promoting good governance and women’s empowerment; c) supporting economic and human development; d) addressing challenges related to migration;

F.  whereas, following the 2014 presidential election crisis, the National Unity Government (NUG) has experienced stalled progress on its reform agenda, resulting in an increasingly unstable political situation; whereas the unemployment rate in Afghanistan is 39% and over 39% of the population live in poverty;

G.  whereas widespread corruption, entrenched patronage systems and the inability of the politically fractured Afghan Government to move forward on reforms threaten to reduce progress or reverse past achievements;

H.  whereas the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), which was established in 2002, supports the Afghan Government in its efforts to achieve peace, the protection of human rights and good governance; whereas its mandate is renewed annually by the UN Security Council and was most recently unanimously extended to 2018;

I.  whereas, although some socio-economic and political gains have been made in recent years, a resurgent Taliban, Al-Qaeda and a newly emerged Islamic State (IS) presence in Afghanistan, such as the emerging local franchise in Afghanistan (Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP)), all threaten to turn instability into larger-scale conflict; whereas the recent report by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has documented the highest number of casualties since 2009, with 11 318 civilian casualties in 2016, while from January 2017 to September 2017 casualties already amounted to 8 019; whereas this has also led to increased migration to Europe;

J.  whereas, under the new US strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia, an additional 4 000 soldiers will join the existing US contingent of 8 400 soldiers; whereas the new US strategy demands that Pakistan stop harbouring and supporting terrorists and calls for greater involvement by the Republic of India in helping to stabilise the region; whereas the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission will increase its current troop level from 13 000 to 16 000; whereas the new US strategy will be developed favouring a conditions-based approach according to which diplomatic and economic agreements will be integrated within the framework of the military effort;

K.  whereas Afghanistan is facing an unprecedented increase in returns of documented and undocumented Afghan nationals, mainly from Pakistan; whereas around two million undocumented Afghans and one million Afghans with refugee status are living in Iran and returning to Afghanistan; whereas according to the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), there are more than 1.8 million IDPs in Afghanistan as a result of the conflict, with a record 650 000 people fleeing to other areas of the country in search of safety in 2016, representing an average of 1 500 per day; whereas in the second half of 2016 there was a 10-year high surge in the number of Afghan refugees returning from Pakistan, rising to 370 000 from 55 000 in 2015;

L.  whereas the Republic of India is the largest regional donor to Afghanistan, providing some USD 3 billion in assistance since the Taliban Government was ousted in 2001; whereas this assistance has funded, among other things, the building of more than 200 schools in Afghanistan, over 1 000 scholarships for Afghan students, and the possibility for roughly 16 000 Afghans to study in India; whereas India has also provided assistance in the construction of critical infrastructure, such as around 4 000 km of roadways in Afghanistan, most notably the Zaranj-Dilaram highway, the Salma dam and electricity transmission lines, and the Afghan parliament building;

M.  whereas instability in Afghanistan has negative economic and security repercussions for Iran and the wider region as a whole; whereas Afghanistan’s economy is highly dependent on poppy production, which has increased significantly in recent years, resulting in a spike in drug use in neighbouring Iran; whereas this illicit drug trade is used by the Taliban to fund its operations; whereas limiting this trade and finding economic alternatives to it would be mutually advantageous for Iran and Afghanistan; whereas opium from Afghanistan is the main source of heroin in the EU; whereas working with Iran and other border countries such as Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan is necessary to further limit the flow of opiates to Russian and European markets;

N.  whereas a new infrastructure dimension is pivotal for the future of Afghanistan in order to enable an entirely new reality of economic and social opportunities for one of the poorest countries in the world; whereas a new national infrastructure development programme will attract positive and growing regional investment within the framework of the new Silk Road;

O.  whereas reports indicate that Afghanistan has between one and three trillion dollars of undeveloped mineral reserves; whereas illicit mining is a major problem that threatens to turn a potential driver of Afghan development into a source of conflict and instability; whereas mining is the Taliban’s second largest source of revenue;

1.  Recognises that, despite substantial international efforts over a long period of time, Afghanistan is still facing a serious conflict which is hampering its economic and social development substantially; recalls that Afghanistan has been torn apart by nearly 40 years of conflict and war; reiterates the European Union’s goals of promoting peace, stability and regional security, strengthening democracy, the rule of law and human rights, promoting good governance and women’s empowerment, supporting economic and human development, and addressing challenges related to migration;

2.  Recalls that Afghanistan in the last decade and a half has achieved progress in the political, security, economic and development spheres; highlights that the GDP per capita has increased fivefold, life expectancy has increased by almost 15 years, and there has been a significant increase in the number of girls attending schools in comparison to 2001, the figure today being some 40 % of the total of 8 to 9 million children; stresses that none of the above would have been possible but for the dedication of the Afghan population and the commitment of the international community, and the provision of funds, know-how and personnel on the ground; underlines that the progress achieved is very fragile and reversible; emphasises that advancing it will require further reforms to take place, stable relations with neighbours and the continued provision of a necessary level of security and stability;

3.  Recognises the efforts and pays tribute to the sacrifices of the international community which provided security to Afghanistan for over a decade through Operation Enduring Freedom and the ISAF mission in Afghanistan, during which nearly 3 500 servicemen and women died; welcomes the 39-nation NATO-led Resolute Support Mission operating since 1 January 2015, which is mandated to train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces and institutions; commends the great sacrifice of the ANSF, which endure heavy losses on an annual basis in their fight against insurgents; recalls the international community’s annual contribution of approximately USD 1 billion to sustain the ANSF’s financing until 2020;

4.  Welcomes the commitment of the Afghan Government to pursuing a national strategy focused on a political, social, economic and safe environment that will allow for a peaceful, secure and sustainable Afghanistan, as outlined in the conclusions of the Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan in Brussels on 5 October 2016; calls for the post of Prime Minister to be enshrined in the Afghan Constitution in order to enable greater political stability in Afghanistan; calls on the Afghan Government to ensure a transparent electoral process in 2018; calls on Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to match his strong public commitments to the protection of rights and freedoms with swift and robust implementation of legislation to protect them;

5.  Stresses that an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process is the only way forward, unreservedly integrating the whole of civil society and all parties to the conflict; reminds the Afghan Government that in order to permit development and promote peace and stability, political infighting must cease; calls for the EU to actively support an Afghan-led disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration programme for former insurgents;

6.  Underscores the importance of Afghanistan for regional stability; emphasises that a secure, stable and prosperous Afghanistan is vital for peace and stability in the region as a whole; reiterates, in this context, the importance of regional partners, such as the countries of Central Asia, Iran, China, India and Pakistan; encourages them to cooperate constructively to promote a genuine and results-oriented negotiation process without preconditions; takes note of the activities of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) on Afghanistan comprising the US, China, Afghanistan and Pakistan, as established in December 2015;

7.  Expresses extreme concern that, despite the political agreement following the 2014 presidential elections, the security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated and the number of terrorist attacks has multiplied; is alarmed by the Taliban’s ongoing territorial expansion and the recent strengthening of IS and Al-Qaeda terrorist groups; points out that, according to the US SIGAR, 6 785 members of the Afghan forces were killed and another 11 777 wounded from January to November 2016, and that the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) also reported a 3 % increase in civilian casualties (3 498 killed, 7 920 wounded) in 2016 compared with the previous year; regrets the deteriorating security situation that is allowing criminal groups to kidnap both Afghan nationals and foreign citizens, including humanitarian and aid workers;

8.  Expresses strong concern about the emergence of the Islamic State as the latest element to contribute to the increasing fragility of the security landscape in Afghanistan; underlines that in addition to its stronghold in the east of the country (Nangarhar) it is attempting to assert its presence in the north of the country with the assistance of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU); highlights that, should this be successful, an environment conducive to the harbouring of foreign fighters and militants will be created, as they are pushed out of Iraq and Syria on account of IS military setbacks in those two countries;

9.  Underscores the importance of a genuine internal reconciliation process; calls for the EU to actively support an Afghan-led disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration programme for former insurgents; underscores the need to fight radicalisation, extremism and recruitment for terrorist organisations; underlines that combating terrorism and its financing is a key ingredient of creating an environment conducive to security in Afghanistan;

10.  Warns that the poor capabilities of the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) and National Police Force remain one of the most critical issues compromising Afghanistan’s security and reconstruction; welcomes the continued EU focus on the enhancement of the role and rights of Afghan women and recognises the need to train female police officers; welcomes the Republic of India’s commitment to assisting Afghanistan with the provision of defence hardware to the Afghan military in December 2015 and the military training of thousands of Afghan security personnel, which significantly helped to enhance its military capability, in accordance with the objective of NATO-led mission ‘Resolute Support’ to train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces and institutions, launched in January 2015; is encouraged by the work carried out and cooperation by the Republic of India and Afghanistan on infrastructure projects and humanitarian support;

11.  Believes that the fight against corruption within the Afghan governmental institutions must be a permanent core priority on account of all the negative direct impacts of corruption on the quality of governance in the country; calls on the Government of Afghanistan to increase political inclusiveness, strengthen accountability and actively combat the culture of corruption and nepotism; welcomes notably, in this respect, the establishment of the Anti-corruption Justice Centre in June 2016; notes, in addition, the UNAMA’s call for continued support and assistance from the international community for the Afghan Government’s anti-corruption efforts;

12.  Calls on the Government of Afghanistan and its regional partners, in particular Iran, to fight against illicit drug trafficking and illicit mining and coordinate with one another to eliminate these illegal practices, which are detrimental to the stability of the region; reminds all parties that these are the main sources of funding for terrorist organisations in the region; recognises that any further mining development must be sustainable and beneficial to the general population, in accordance with international standards; condemns the repression, illicit drug trafficking, land grabbing, unlawful confiscation and extortion carried out by warlords; recalls that the production and trafficking of opium in Afghanistan has devastating consequences on the local population and the overall security of the country;

13.  Welcomes Afghan membership of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative; urges the Afghan Government to increase transparency in the mining sector and to establish robust requirements for licences and monitoring in order to ensure a sustainable extractive industry; urges the Government to step up efforts to protect vital public resources such as land and minerals from exploitation by criminal and insurgent networks;

14.  Stands with the people of Afghanistan and insists that all parties involved in the conflict adhere to international humanitarian law and respect the rights of all members of society, in particular minorities, women and children, who are disproportionately affected by the situation; urges the Afghan authorities to fully enforce the UN-Afghan action plan signed in Kabul on 30 January 2011 regarding the practice of ‘bacha bazi’ and enabling the rehabilitation of child victims of sexual abuse; condemns the attacks on hospitals and health clinics, schools and humanitarian operations; condemns in the strongest terms the continued disregard for human rights and the barbaric violence carried out by the Taliban, IS and Al-Qaeda against the people of Afghanistan; draws attention to the risk associated with the return of former war criminals, notably Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the founder of Hizb-e-Islami, who was designated a terrorist by the US in 2003 and has been associated with the increased presence of IS in Afghanistan;

15.  Is alarmed by the increasing resurgence of violence against women and the obliteration of women’s rights and living conditions within areas controlled by the Taliban in Afghanistan; repeats its call on the Afghan Parliament and the Afghan Government to revoke all laws that contain elements of discrimination against women, which are in breach of the international treaties signed by Afghanistan; welcomes the focus on women’s empowerment and gender mainstreaming in EU assistance to Afghanistan, in particular the fact that 53% of EU programmes have gender equality as a significant objective; fully supports full implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on women, peace and security, and other domestic measures to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in Afghanistan, as well as to tackle violence against women;

16.  Calls on the governments of regional partners such as the countries of Central Asia, Iran, India, Russia and Pakistan to work together to pursue a peace settlement in Afghanistan, continuous socio-economic development and increased domestic stability, as well as cooperation on security and terror issues, and encourages intelligence sharing and cooperation to fight terrorists and extremists on both sides of the border; urges all Afghan regional actors to commit unreservedly to pursuing transparent engagement in the fight against terrorism;

17.  Reiterates the need for the international community to continue its engagement in Afghanistan and to contribute to rebuilding the country, developing the economy and resisting terrorism; welcomes the financial engagements confirmed by the EU and the Member States at the Brussels Conference; calls notably for support for initiatives that address the priority needs of internally displaced and returning refugees;

18.  Recognises the responsibilities of the EU and its Member States to respect the right to seek international protection and to participate in UNHCR resettlement programmes; stresses the right and ability to seek refuge in safe and legal ways as critical for preventing deaths among asylum seekers;

19.  Notes the conclusion of the Joint Way Forward informal readmission agreement between the EU and Afghanistan; regrets the lack of parliamentary oversight and democratic control on the conclusion of this agreement; calls on governments in the region to refrain from the repatriation of Afghans; points out that this is a direct violation of international humanitarian law and that the increasing number of refugees being treated this way only lends strength to terrorist groups and creates more instability in the region; underlines that repatriations to Afghanistan put the lives of returnees at grave risk, in particular those of single persons without a network of family or friends in Afghanistan who stand little chance of survival; underlines that EU assistance and cooperation must be tailored to achieving development and growth in third countries and to reducing and eventually eradicating poverty, and not to incentivising third countries to cooperate on readmission of irregular migrants, to forcibly deterring people from moving, or to stopping flows to Europe (European Parliament resolution of 5 April 2017 on addressing refugee and migrant movements: the role of EU External Action);

20.  Takes note of the decision of the ICC Prosecutor to commence an investigation into possible crimes against humanity committed in Afghanistan since 2003;

21.  Calls on the Afghan authorities to commute all death sentences and to reintroduce a moratorium on executions with a view to achieving the permanent abolition of the death penalty; urges the Government of Afghanistan to implement in full its National Plan on the Elimination of Torture and deplores the reported use of torture and ill-treatment of conflict-related detainees by all sides in Afghanistan;

22.  Expresses its deepest concern over the massive increase in the number of internally displaced people in 2016, with over 600 000 new displacements, which could lead to a massive humanitarian crisis; encourages all parties involved to provide for these vulnerable Afghans, and calls on the Afghan Government to help reintegrate them into Afghan society; stresses that, according to estimates by the Afghan authorities, UN agencies and other humanitarian agencies, over 9.3 million people will have required humanitarian assistance by the end of 2017;

23.  Welcomes the provisional entry into force of the Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development between the European Union and Afghanistan on 1 December 2017, representing the first legally binding framework for relations between the two sides; further encourages the swift ratification of the agreement by EU Member States in order for it to enter into force in full;

24.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the Council, the Commission, the Governments and Parliaments of the Member States, and the Government and Parliament of Afghanistan.

EU-Africa summit 2017

Hans Janssen speaks at first EU-Africa summit to include a forum for local and regional governments.

Regions and Cities for Development, July 2017 (archive)

​Regions and Cities for Development, July 2017 (archive)

National leaders from the European Union and Africa on 30 November emphasised that local and regional authorities have an “important role” to play in strengthening relations between the two continents, a recognition of the value of cities and regions in managing critical challenges that is welcomed by the European Committee of the Regions.

At their summit in Abidjan, capital of the economic capital of Côte d’Ivoire, EU and African leaders identified economic opportunities for young people, peace and security, mobility and migration, and cooperation on governance as priorities for the next four years, stating in their joint declaration that there is a “need to strengthen [the] capacity [of local and regional governments] and develop tools that can help them in this regard”. The European Committee of the Regions, the EU’s assembly for local and regional politicians, has consistently argued that the African cities and regions are critical to the success of the EU’s partnership with Africa and of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This was the first EU-Africa summit to be accompanied by a forum for local and regional governments.  The European Committee of the Regions was represented at the forum, held on 27 November and co-organised by United Cities and Local Governments-Africa, by Hans Janssen(NL/EPP), mayor of Oisterwijk and rapporteur on migration through the Sahara, the protection of refugees and the role of local authorities in international development aid.

Mr Janssen also spoke at a conference organised by the Conseil des Collectivités Territoriales de l’Union Economique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine (CCT-UEMOA). The conference resulted in a declaration by the CCT-UEMOA, supported by the European Committee of the Regions, that contains recommendations on financial decentralisation, regional development, cross-border cooperation, sustainable development, migration and youth employment.

Mr Janssen said: “This was a truly inspiring gathering of local governments, in which many local and regional leaders showed very clearly that cities and regions are determined to work to reduce the impact of climate change, manage migration, and promote sustainable development. We want to make our villages, towns, cities and regions inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable – which is precisely one of the 17 major goals for 2030 agreed by the United Nations in 2015. Local and regional governments are partners in meeting challenges facing Europe, Africa and the globe. National leaders have not fully grasped that yet, but this forum is a sign of progress.”

Mr Janssen spoke at two panels, discussing the role of local and regional governments in fostering EU-AU political dialogue and leadership and – at a second panel – the role of direct cooperation between cities and regions in Europe and Africa to address the challenges of sustainable development, migration and youth unemployment. He also participated at a roundtable on migration.

Mr Janssen said that the CoR is pushing the EU to provide more support for local governments in Africa, to help them adapt to climate change and to develop their economies. Strengthening municipalities through empowering them to fulfil important functions was, he said, good for people, good for the places they live, and good for politics. Development can be adapted more closely to the needs of local communities, the legitimacy of local and national governance is strengthened, administrative capacity is developed, and factors that drive young people to migrate can be reduced. The UN’s sustainable-development goals need to be on the public and political agenda, which can be achieved more readily if local governments are given the authority to adapt policies to local needs and circumstances, he argued.

The European Committee of the Regions, which has a consultative role in the EU’s policymaking, promotes the involvement of local and regional authorities in international cooperation through policy recommendations to the EU’s decision-making institutions, through structured political contacts with local and regional politicians in neighbouring countries, and through promotion of region-to-region and city-to-city cooperation. In Africa, it works with the CCT-UEMOA, one of whose commissioners, Paul Koffi Koffi, addressed a plenary session of the CoR in July 2017. Commissioner Koffi Koffi also attended the Assises de la coopération décentralisée / Regions and Cities for Development, through which the co-organisers – the CoR and the European Commission – brought together local authorities interested in working directly together on sustainable development.

In Abidjan, Mr Janssen underlined that decentralised cooperation – city-to-city or region-to-region cooperation – is an increasingly important feature of international development efforts. In a separate specific initiative, the CoR has since 2015 been helping Libyan cities to find partners in Europe.