The President of the European Commission proposed a “new partnership” between the European Union and Africa at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
This was one of his last speeches as President of the European Commission. at the European Parliament, Jean-Claude Juncker proposed on Wednesday to start again on a new basis as regards relations between the European Union and Africa. “The Commission is today proposing a new alliance (…) for sustainable investment and jobs”, he said.
A partnership that creates jobs.
For the President of the Commission, this new partnership could create up to 10 million jobs over the next five years. He noted that Africa, many of whose nationals are fleeing to Europe in search of a better life, via the Mediterranean, would have “2.5 billion inhabitants by 2050”. “36% of Africa’s trade is already with the European Union, but trade between us is not enough,” he said. He said: “I am convinced that we must move the many trade agreements between African countries and the EU towards a continent-to-continent free trade agreement, an economic partnership between equal partners. We must stop looking at the EU’s relations with Africa solely from the perspective of development aid”, he continued, before concluding: “Africa does not need charity, it needs a balanced partnership. »