Video summary of the "ALDEPAC" Meeting (ACP-EU Liberal Democrat Network)
Event date: 13/09/07 15:00 to 18:00
Location: Room ASP 5G1, European Parliament, Brussels
Seven years after the first EU-Africa Summit in Cairo, the December Lisbon Summit will bring the EU-Africa dialogue back to the highest political level and will attempt to redefine the EU-Africa partnership. The forthcoming Summit will address the following topics: energy; climate change; migration, mobility and employment; democratic governance and will also launch a joint initiative that will renovate the EU-Africa institutional and political architecture.
The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, the Pacific, Africa and the Caribbean, (ALDEPAC), which promotes dialogue between EU and ACP members of the liberal-democratic network, is seizing this important juncture in EU-Africa relations to hold a seminar on the Lisbon Summit. African parliamentarians from 20 ACP countries, ALDE MEPs Johan Van Hecke & Jan Mulder, Koen Vervaeke, Head of the Africa desk, European Council, H.E. Ferdinand Nyabenda, Deputy Secretary General, ACP Secretariat and Belgian journalist, Katrien Van der Schoot, will analyse the real challenges that lie behind the political rhetoric.
What prospects for a timely conclusion of the controversial Economic Partnership Agreements, which define the new EU Africa trade relationship and should come into force by the end of this year? How should the EU position itself in the face of China's emergence on the continent as an important actor? How can the parliamentary dimension of the EU-Africa partnership be strengthened?
Johan Van Hecke, Jan Mulder
For more information:
Stasinopoulou Katia - Tel: +32 2 283 20 91
Vanden Broucke Willem - Tel: +32 2 284 43 80
On ALDE Website: http://www.alde.eu/index.php?id=42&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=8821&cHash=240cee04bf
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