23-06-2021

PAM President addresses the Conference on the Role of Parliaments in Deepening EU-Africa Relationship

PAM President addresses the Conference on the Role of Parliaments in Deepening EU-Africa Relationship

On 21 June 2021, PAM President, Hon. Gennaro Migliore, addressed the Conference on the role of Parliaments in deepening the EU-Africa relationship, organized by the Parliament of Portugal. 

The conference was held online in the framework of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The event gathered together Parliamentarians from around Europe and Africa, as well as delegates from the Pan-African Parliament, the ACP Group, the European Parliament, the European Commission, the African Union, governments and civil society.

In his address, Hon. Migliore noted that the European and African continents are so intimately interconnected, that our stability and security depend on reciprocal assistance.

He further highlighted the pivotal role of parliamentary diplomacy to address the ongoing severe crises affecting certain parts of Africa. He expressed deep concern over the growing insecurity and declining socio-economic conditions in Western Sahel region, the Lake Chad Basin, parts of East Africa, and Mozambique. The President underlined that PAM has been actively advocating for a comprehensive Marshal Plan-type approach for the continent, combining security, counterterrorism, and socio-economic development. 

The Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union is highly concerned with strengthening and enhancing relations between the Union and Africa. This priority was underlined in the Declaration of the Presidents of the Parliaments of the Trio of Presidencies endorsed by the German, Portuguese and Slovenian parliaments.

PAM expressed its strong will to actively engage with all the stakeholders of the conference to further endorse effective cooperation, aimed at promoting peace, security and the well-being of the entire African Continent.//

MEDIA INFORMATION: 33/2021

Issued on: 23/06/2021

 

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