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6 - 8 June 2016: COAFR visit to South Africa

The EU Delegation to SA this week had the privilege to host COAFR on their visit to the country. COAFR is the European Council's committee responsible for the management of the European Union's external policy towards sub-Saharan Africa, including its 46 countries, the African Union and other sub-regional organisations. The visiting delegation was honoured to be received by South Africa's Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng at the Constitutional Court of SA. Subsequently they were given a briefing by the South African Human Rights Commission's Adv Mohamed Ameermia.

Economic Partnership Agreement with Southern African countries

Ahead of the signing of the southern African Economic Partnership Agreement, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström met up with her counterparts from Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland. The ‪#‎EPA‬ is significant as it is the first trade deal that directly supports the economic integration of a specific region.

The Council adopted the following conclusions at the EMPLOYMENT, SOCIAL POLICY, HEALTH and CONSUMER AFFAIRS Council meeting of 10 March 2014, Brussels, Belgium.

Signing of the Economic Partnership Agreement, Kasane, Botswana

The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between trade partners Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and the European Union was signed this morning by trade representatives in Kasane, Botswana. The Agreement is the first of its kind between the EU and an African region pursuing the objective of economic integration. The agreement was signed by European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström, on behalf of the EU.

The Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) enables the Union to take a leading role in peace-keeping operations, conflict prevention and in the strengthening of the international security. It is an integral part of the EU's comprehensive approach towards crisis management, drawing on civilian and military assets.

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The Sahel has a prominent place in European Union policy. Europe has numerous interests in the region, ranging from combating security threats, terrorism, organised crime and illegal migration to assuring energy security.

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Each EU mission is based on a legal agreement. The decisions of deployment and management of the mission are taken by the EU countries during the Foreign Affair Council.

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Each EU mission works in the framework of a comprehensive approach. The mission works in agreement and coordination with the EU Delegations in the same area and in the framework of EU regional policies.

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Each EU mission works in the framework of a comprehensive approach. The mission works in agreement and coordination with the EU Delegations in the same area and in the framework of EU regional policies.

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Le Sahel occupe une place importante dans la politique de l'Union européenne. Les intérêts de l'Europe dans cette région sont multiples: ils comprennent la lutte contre l'insécurité, le terrorisme et la criminalité organisée, la sécurité énergétique et l'immigration illégale.

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