The EU-African Union summit aimed at finalising a new ‘strategic partnership’ between the two continents may have been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Socialist and Democrat group in the European Parliament hosted its own three day Africa Week between 13-15 October.
In this event report, EURACTIV looks at the S&D group’s priorities in ensuring strong EU-African relations, and that African countries have a prosperous and sustainable future.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of strong EU-African relations, Iratxe García, the leader of the Socialist and Democrat group in the European Parliament, told EURACTIV as her political group launched its Africa week (13-15 October).
With plans for a new EU-Africa ‘partnership’ blueprint having been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic this year, 2021 should be “the Africa year for the European Union,” the bloc’s chief diplomat, Josep Borrell, said during the Socialist and Democrat group’s Africa Week.
To paraphrase the words of the American political activist Ralph Nader – if you're not turned on to Africa, Africa will turn on you.
Udo Bullmann is the S&D group Coordinator on the European Parliament's Development Committee.
Carlos Zorrinho is an S&D …