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Tuesday, 11 February 2020 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

The new comprehensive EU-Africa strategy (debate)

  Deirdre Clune (PPE). – Madam President, Madam Commissioner, I welcome your statement when you said you went with Ms von der Leyen to Africa, to Hear Africa. I think that was a very important trip and, as you said, it’s a continent full of youth, confidence and potential. I think it’s very important at this stage that we would review and have a look at the cooperation and the operations between the European Union and Africa. I think there has been success there but now, in times when we have developed sustainable development goals, when we have the Paris Climate Change Agreement, it is time for a renewed focus on that relationship.

I particularly think the issues around high-level unemployment is somewhere where Europe can act in facilitating and supporting job development and creation. I have visited the continent myself on a number of occasions in the previous mandate, and there is certainly a lot that Europe can do in supporting indigenous industries, in developing jobs there, and certainly through education also. So at this point, I think it’s very positive for Europe that we would develop with our neighbours, Africa, a renewed strategy.

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