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The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf is a regional organisation, with six members: The Kingdom of Bahrain, the State of Kuwait, the Sultanate of Oman, the State of Qatar, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Set up in 1981, its objectives are to enhance coordination, integration and inter-connection among its members.

The Union for the Mediterranean promotes economic integration across 15 neighbours to the EU’s south in North Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans region.

Europe and Africa have close historical, cultural and geographical ties. EU-Africa relations are based on the 2000 Cotonou Agreement with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, which grew out of the 1975 Lomé Convention.

EU relations with the ACP group date back to the 1975 Lomé Convention, revised on four occasions until 1989. This was replaced by the Cotonou Agreement in 2000, revised in 2005 in Luxembourg and in 2010 in Ouagadougou, and covers EU-ACP relations until 2020.

The ACP-EU Partnership Agreement, signed in Cotonou on 23 June 2000, is the most comprehensive partnership agreement between developing countries and the EU.

Le raid mené par les forces de sécurité égyptiennes, le 1er mai, dans les locaux du syndicat de la presse du pays est un événement inquiétant qui s'inscrit dans une tendance visant à limiter la place accordée à la société civile et à restreindre la liberté d'expression, comme en témoigne le grand nombre d'arrestations qui ont eu lieu à la suite des manifestations d'avril.


The storming of the Egyptian Press Syndicate's building by the Egyptian security forces on the 1st of May is a worrying development, and continues a trend of restricting space for civil society and the freedom of expression,  as manifested by the high number of arrests following the April protests.
Freedom of assembly and press freedom are essential for democracy, to guarantee that all peaceful voices are heard and respected.