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Eric Pichon

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A new association of the Overseas Countries and Territories (including Greenland) with the European Union [EU Legislation in Progress]

On 14 June 2018, in preparation for the new multiannual financial framework (2021 to 2027 MFF), the European Commission published a proposal for a Council decision on the Association of the Overseas Countries and Territories, including Greenland, with the European Union. Continue reading

Le futur partenariat de l’Union européenne avec les pays d’Afrique, des Caraïbes et du Pacifique [International Agreements in Progress]

L’accord de partenariat entre l’Union européenne et les pays d’Afrique, des Caraïbes et du Pacifique (ACP) expire en 2020. Le principal défi pour l’Union européenne est de maintenir ses relations dans la région, tout en restant fidèle aux valeurs promues dans les Traités européens. Continue reading

Economic Partnership Agreement with the East African Community [International Agreements in Progress]

The current ACP-EU Partnership Agreement (the ‘Cotonou Partnership Agreement’) features a provision making it possible for the EU to negotiate different economic partnership agreements (EPAs) with regional ACP sub-groups. Continue reading

High Level conference: Towards a renewed partnership with Africa

Today, the European Parliament’s President, Antonio Tajani, convenes a high level conference on Africa, bringing together officials, experts and stakeholders from Africa and Europe. Continue reading

EU response to the Caribbean hurricanes

The scenes of devastation caused by recent hurricanes in the Caribbean are a stark reminder of the destructive force of nature. As residents struggle to rebuild their lives following the passage of the latest storms, attention turns to the relief efforts. The EU can help through emergency humanitarian assistance and a variety of funding mechanisms, depending on the status of the territories concerned and their relationship with the EU. Continue reading

Blue economy in Africa: initiatives, prospects and issues

Written by Eric Pichon and Anne Vernet, Harnessing the oceans’ resources in a sustainable manner is the ‘new frontier of the African renaissance’ according to the African Union (AU). This ‘blue growth’ will only be achieved if ocean’s health and security at sea are won back. The AU has designed an ambitious maritime strategy, but … Continue reading

EU Development Days: time for new action, new thinking

Written by Eric Pichon, The main global development partners meet in Brussels for the European Development Days (EDD, EUDevDays.eu) on 7 and 8 June. This year the focus is on the various ways of ‘Investing in Development’. The debates take place at a time when the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the international community in … Continue reading

The second Forum on Financing for Development

Written by Eric Pichon, From 22 to 25 May, the United Nations headquarters in New York will host the second Forum on Financing for Development (FfD forum). This event will gather a variety of stakeholders: governments, local authorities, civil society organisations and international institutions. FfD forums are part of the follow-up process agreed in 2015 … Continue reading

The future of multilateralism: Crisis or opportunity?

Written by Elena Lazarou, Multilateralism lies at the core of the EU’s identity and of its engagement with the world. Both the 2003 European Security Strategy and the 2016 Global Strategy emphasised the importance of a rules-based global order with multilateralism as its key principle and the United Nations (UN) at its core, and made … Continue reading

Understanding ‘development effectiveness’: An overview of concepts, actors and tools

Written by Eric Pichon, In the context of the limited availability of development aid, there is increased demand for effective results. This means that both developed and developing countries must commit to spending and using aid more effectively. Public funding is not enough to cover all needs, but can leverage initiatives from civil society or … Continue reading

ACP-EU relations after 2020: The end of an era [Policy Podcast]

Written by Eric Pichon with Christian Dietrich (Maps) and Eulalia Claros (Graphics), One of the main building blocks of EU external relations, the Cotonou Partnership Agreement between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP), is set to expire in 2020. Due to EU institutional evolution and changes in the global balance of … Continue reading

EU security strategy in the Sahel

Written by Eric Pichon, [last update : 17 June 2016] The Sahel, a band of desert stretching across Africa – from Senegal in the West to Eritrea in the East, is a crisis-shaken region where frontiers blur. Poverty and the fragility of state infrastructures have given free rein to parallel powers, militias, arms-runners and drug dealers. Added … Continue reading

Being a LGBTI person in African countries

More than 4 African countries out of 5 of have laws criminalizing homosexuality, or even punishing LGBTI* rights advocacy. In 2014 tougher laws were passed in Nigeria, Gambia and Uganda, which followed in the steps of Liberia’s criminalisation of homosexuality in 2012. Continue reading

The African Union and the International Criminal Court: what is at stake?

The permanent International Criminal Court (ICC) was established in 1998 by an international treaty now known as the ” Rome Statute “. Continue reading

Wildlife trafficking in Africa: Endangered security

Written by Eric Pichon. [last update 5 April 2016] Illegal exploitation of natural resources, hunting of protected wild animals and trade of the proceeds of these crimes are a serious threat for Africa. As an environmental problem, it hinders the survival of endangered species, and the balance of flora and fauna in the concerned areas. … Continue reading

Constitutional referendum in Senegal – Shorter presidential term: a half-kept promise

Written by Eric Pichon, President Macky Sall decided to put constitutional changes to a referendum on 20 March 2016. The proposal includes a reduction of the presidential term length from seven to five years. Nevertheless President Sall, following the Constitutional Council’s opinion, declared the reduction could not apply to his current mandate: he would thus … Continue reading

Niger: paysage politique avant les élections

Écrit par Eric Pichon Alors que l’accession au pouvoir de Mahamadou Issoufou en 2011 avait été saluée comme un modèle de transition démocratique, le climat politique du pays s’est fortement dégradé à l’approche des élections présidentielle et législatives du 21 février 2016. Le Président sortant se représente contre une opposition qu’il a contribué à diviser … Continue reading

République centrafricaine : situation avant les élections de 2015

par Eric Pichon [mis à jour le 21/12/2015] Sous l’égide internationale, la RCA tente de revenir à une normalité institutionnelle par la mise en place d’une nouvelle Constitution et l’organisation d’élections législatives et présidentielle. La Constitution de la RCA est suspendue depuis le renversement  du président François Bozizé, le 24 mars 2013, et la prise … Continue reading

Nuclear deal with Iran – what are the implications of the 14 July 2015 agreement?

Written by Eric Pichon On 14 July 2015, Iran and the group of negotiators known as ‘E3/EU + 3’ or ‘P5+1’* agreed on a “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program”. According to the agreement, Iran will have to reduce the number of its centrifuges, to produce only low-enriched … Continue reading

Burundi : la vie politique à l’heure des élections de 2015

Par Eric Pichon Bien que le multipartisme soit inscrit dans la Constitution, la vie politique du Burundi est marquée par la domination du parti de l’actuel Président de la République. L’annonce de la candidature de ce dernier à l’élection présidentielle de 2015 a été contestée et a déclenché de violents affrontements. Les élections communales et … Continue reading

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