By J. Mangala
The adoption of the Joint Africa-EU method (JAES) in 2007 was once a watershed second in Africa-EU kin, one who sought to 'reinvent' a old courting to satisfy the demanding situations posed by way of complicated interdependencies, increasing globalization, and becoming pageant, all framed by way of the slow dislocation of the West because the epicenter of worldwide politics. 5 years into its implementation, this ebook deals an intensive and primary entire research of the JAES, the main complicated type of interregionalism obvious to this point.
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Each partnership has an Implementation Team (EU ITs), an instrument that brings together the EC, the General Secretariat of the Council (GSC) and member states involved in the partnership to discuss its working. The EU ITs have played an important role in framing EU positions on various partnership issues. 2 for an overview. 2 EU Lead Countries and Institutions in JAES Partnerships Partnerships Lead Countries/Institutions Peace and Security Democratic Governance and Human Rights Trade, Regional Integration and Infrastructure Millennium Development Goals Energy Climate Change and Environment Migration, Mobility and Employment Science, Information Society and Space General Secretariat of EU Council Germany EU Commission United Kingdom Austria, Germany France Spain France, Portugal Source : Compiled by the author from various JAES documents Overall, member states’ involvement in and contribution to the working of the JAES seems to vary greatly across the board.
43 Last but not least, the EU delegation to the AU and EC delegations in African countries have emerged as essential JAES implementation and monitoring instruments whose importance is enhanced by their presence on the ground, and direct access to African partners and stakeholders. The building up of the capabilities of the EU delegation to the AU attests of its growing role and influence in monitoring the JAES. 44 African Actors On the African side, the general observation that emerges from the institutional implementation of the JAES is that, while the African Union Commission (AUC) has assumed a central role in the process; member states' engagement in the partnership has been quite limited, so has been that of regional economic communities (RECs).
Following Tywuschik and Sherrif’s nomenclature, the remaining of the section will discuss the role and responsibilities, as well as the implementation and monitoring challenges pertaining to five categories of actors: those that are part of Africa-EU inter-institutional structure, European actors, African actors, representative institutions, and civil society organizations. For each category, I will provide an informative overview rather than a detailed account of the activities and issues that have dominated each actor’s involvement in the JAES.
Africa and the European Union: A Strategic Partnership by J. Mangala