The European Business Council for Africa

Programme Informative Session at the EU Committee of Regions - July 3, 2019 Brussels - Belgium

On the occasion of the 5th edition of Connecting European Chambers (July 3rd, 2019, Committee of the Regions), an information session was dedicated to Africa, Paolo Baldan, Program Director Archipelago, presented the first call to proposals. This event is part of Chamber + initiated by Eurochambres.

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Job title: Chief Operating Officer

EBCAM is looking for a Chief Operating Officer (freelance or part-time employee), reporting to the Secretary General, to run the Brussels office in representing EBCAM to the European and International institutions/organisations, helping to implement long-term relations with new partners/members as well as organising meetings and events. The ideal candidate will have sound organisational skills, be able to work in team and autonomously, available to attend meetings in Brussels and (occasionally) in the countries of the members’ associations.

What you'll do:

 Manage communication with members/partners/associated institutions, including
incoming emails, phone calls and mails, keep website content up-to-date.
 Attend events, produce reports and represent EBCAM in various industry functions
 Collaborate with the Secretary General in managing relations with members and
partners as well as European/International institutions/associations.
 Curate content from EBCAM social media
 Researching and producing information reports for internal use. Contribute to the
preparation of opinions related to the advocacy work of EBCAM.
 Help implement long term relations with new partners
 Support EBCAM with administrative duties (maintain electronic and paper filing, update
the accounts spreadsheet), help with organisation of events and General Assemblies

What you have:

 Solid organisation skills and knowledge of English (working knowledge of French
welcomed, but not compulsory). Very good and fast typing skills (for note taking,
meeting minutes, conference reports…)
 An interest in the work and mission of EBCAM
 Understanding of the functioning of European institutions and main international
 A working knowledge of media tools, including social media and Microsoft package
 Administrative experience (may include internships)
 You are comfortable in public relations

To be successful here you are:

 Comfortable working on a fast-paced and tight deadlines
 Proactive and willing to work in an international environment

To apply, please send your CV and motivation letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The closing date for applications is 3 rd June 2019.

Today the Council extended the mandate of the EU mission EUCAP Sahel Mali until 14 January 2021 and allocated it a budget of almost €67 million for this period.

The EUCAP Sahel Mali civilian mission assists and advises Mali's internal security forces as they implement the reform in the security sector laid down by the government. It provides training and strategic advice to the Malian police, gendarmerie and national guard, and to relevant ministries.

As part of the regionalisation of CSDP missions in the Sahel, the EUCAP Sahel Mali mission will now be able to deliver specific, targeted strategic advice and training in Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad, as set out in its revised operational plan (18 December 2018).

EUCAP Sahel Mali was launched on 15 April 2014. Since 1 October 2017 the head of mission has been Philippe Rio, a high-ranking officer in the French gendarmerie. The headquarters of the mission are located in Bamako, Mali, and from 1 March 2019 it will have up to 144 international agents and 65 local agents.

There are two other CSDP missions under way in the region: EUTM Mali, which contributes to the restructuring and reorganisation of the Malian armed forces through training and advice, and EUCAP Sahel Niger, which supports the fight against organised crime and terrorism in Niger.

The decision was adopted by written procedure.

At the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Senegal, the EU has deployed an Election Observation Mission (EOM) for the presidential election that will take place on 24 February 2019.

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, has appointed Elena Valenciano, Member of the European Parliament, as Chief Observer.

On the occasion, High Representative / Vice President Federica Mogherini said: "The European Union is committed to supporting Senegal in consolidating its democratic institutions. I am confident that the assessment by our European Election Observation Mission under the leadership of Elena Valenciano will make an important contribution not only to the upcoming elections but also to future elections in the framework of our close and continued dialogue and partnership with Senegal."

Elena Valenciano added, "Deploying this Election Observation Mission demonstrates the strength of the EU-Senegal partnership and the importance of our common work in consolidating democracy and good governance. It also represents the continuity of our contribution to the observation of the previous Senegalese presidential electoral process held in 2012."

A core team of nine electoral analysts has arrived in Dakar on 15 January 2019. A total of 56 long-term observers will be deployed in the country. On the day of the vote, the EOM will have a total of more than 100 observers from various EU Members States, Switzerland and Norway. The Mission will analyse all stages of the electoral process.

The EU EOM operates in a fully independent and neutral manner.

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Bonjour et merci tout d'abord pour votre présence ici.

Un an après notre Sommet [Union africaine-Union européenne] d’Abidjan, nous nous retrouvons encore tous ensemble et démontrons à nouveau l’importance que nous accordons à notre partenariat et notre détermination à rapprocher nos deux continents.

Comme l’a dit Moussa Faki devant le Parlement européen, pendant sa visite à Strasbourg, je cite: « Nos cultures et nos civilisations (sont) différentes dans leurs spiritualités et dogmes structurants, mais (ils sont) complémentaires dans leur humanisme et leur essentielle et impérissable inclination à la liberté ».

Dans le monde compliqué d'aujourd'hui, l'Europe et l'Afrique sont plus proches que jamais.

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The Council exchanged views on the Africa - Europe alliance for sustainable investment and jobs. The discussion took place less than a month before the high-level Africa-Europe forum (Vienna, 17-18 December) and the EU-AU ministerial meeting (21-22 January 2019).

Ministers expressed their support for the initiative and its four strands of action: improving the investment climate, de-risking, strengthening support for skills and education, and supporting economic integration and market-building. They discussed ways in which member states can be actively involved in this new Africa - Europe alliance and the importance of securing coordination and coherence on the ground.

As the EU remains Africa's main partner, ministers highlighted the need to ensure that both African and European stakeholders are more aware of the close relationship between the two continents.

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The Council has given the go-ahead to increased lending by the European Investment Bank to projects outside the EU that address migration issues.

It adopted the decision and regulation on 27 February 2018, following an agreement with the European Parliament on a mid-term review of the EIB's mandate for 'external' lending.

In total, the financing limit under an EU guarantee is increased by €5.3 billion. Of this, €3.7 billion are earmarked for projects in the public and private sectors providing a strategic response to the root causes of migration.

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EU kick-starts its new EU External Investment Plan

Following the adoption by the European Parliament and the Council, the European Commission immediately starts the implementation of its ambitious External Investment Plan to boost investments in Africa and the EU Neighbourhood.

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On September 2016, the European Commission drafted a proposal on the European Fund for Sustainable Developement (EFSD).

This proposal is currently discussed by the European Parliament and the Plenary Session will be on September 12th.

What is the External Investment Plan ? 





On May 15th, the Foreign Ministers discussed the situation in Africa but also the future of the EU-ACP relations.

The discussion will feed the preparation of the EU-Africa Summit in November.