The European Business Council for Africa

The focus this week is on peace and security. In full ‘what-is-our-next-budget-going-to-look-like’ frenzy that is so palpable in and around the EU institutions, we look specifically at how to finance peace and security operations in Africa.

Can the 0.2% levy fund peace and security in Africa? A stronger AU-UN partnership in accordance with WTO rules
Part of the African Union’s 0.2% import levy is meant to finance peace support operations on the continent. Although there was no legal challenge, the question among some members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) is whether the levy breaches WTO regulations. Article XXI of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the UN Charter might be key in offering a legal justification for the levy. Read the brief

What lessons from the African Peace Facility for supporting African peace?

One of the ideas for the next EU budget is to create an off-budget European Peace Facility that would include the current African Peace Facility (APF). But what should support to African peace and security look like in the future? The recent evaluation of the APF might give some important pointers. Read the blog