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Parliamentary questions
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20 November 2020
Answer given by Ms Urpilainen
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-005409/2020

The Joint Communication ‘Towards a comprehensive Strategy with Africa(1) was presented by the Commission on 9 March 2020. The Council endorsed it in its Conclusions of 30 June 2020(2).

On 20 February 2020, the Commission met with civil society organisations representing regional and global stakeholders’ platforms(3) to discuss the future EU-Africa partnership. The Commission also met with African Union (AU) Commissioners, other international organisations, Members of the European Parliament, Member States and religious authorities.

Discussions are ongoing with various partners in Africa to fine-tune the priorities for the future partnership. Further consultation of stakeholders has been launched in last spring and is ongoing, aiming to reach a joined-up approach ahead of the 2021 EU-AU Summit.

The proposed Strategy is a political document, so it cannot facilitate migration on its own. Previously, an impact assessment(4) accompanying a Commission Communication(5) had identified important levels of irregular migration from Sub-Saharan Africa as likely to continue over the coming decades, ‘in case of not adequate management of those growing flows’.

The scale and future trends of migration are very difficult to predict, due to the complexity of the migration processes and the limited availability and quality of data. The New Pact on Migration and Asylum(6), which has an important external component, will guide the EU’s comprehensive engagement with third countries on migration.

(1)JOIN(2020) 4 final
(2)Council Conclusions on Africa 9265/20, https://www.consilium.europa.eu/media/44788/st_9265_2020_init_en.pdf
(3)such as CONCORD, International Trade Union Confederation, International Organisation of Employers, European Foundation Center, European Youth Forum
(6)COM/2020/609 final of 23 September 2020.
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