On 12 December 2017, the EU Delegation in Banjul and the Government of The Gambia co-chaired the 12th consultative meeting under Article 8 of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement, which outlines the specific modalities for a regular, comprehensive, balanced and deep political dialogue between the EU and the partner country- in this case The Gambia. This covers a broad range of topics, most notably the respect for human rights, democratic principles, the rule of law and good governance. This meeting marked the first political dialogue in this format between the European Union and the new government of The Gambia, although the EU and our Gambian counterparts have enjoyed a productive dialogue from the beginning of this Government's tenure and are committed to continue engaging on a wide range of topics.
This year stands out as a year in which the IGAD region has demonstrated to the world its determination to work together in addressing the plight of refugees in the region.
The Special Summit in March in Nairobi broke new ground in bringing Heads of States and Government together for the first time to deliver durable solutions for Somali refugees. You are the first region to apply and champion the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework.
L’UE et l’Organisation internationale pour les migrations (OIM) — l’Agence des Nations unies pour les migrations — ont lancé il y a un an une initiative conjointe en faveur de la protection et de la réintégration des migrants.
On 16 November 2017, the European Commission adopted an Implementing Decision on the Special Measure 2017 II for Ukraine. One of the key priorities of this decision is Public Finance Management Support Programme for Ukraine (EU4PFM) of EUR 55 m.
In the context of the Human Rights Month, the EU Delegation on 13 December arranged a special screening of the of the film 'Sunday Beauty Queen' to honour Filipino migrant workers. The film, screened at the Alliance Francaise de Manille, follows the lives of five Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong, who have left families back home in order to support them.