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Monthly Highlights from ECDPM’s Weekly Compass Update, Great Insights, Volume 3, Issue 7 (July/August 2014)


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Europe’s Problems Need Global Solutions | Coordinating External Action | Africa and the New European Parliament, Weekly Compass,  4 July 2014
The European Parliament will vote on Jean-Claude Juncker’s appointment as European Commission President on 15 July following last week’s European Council’s endorsement of Juncker. On 16 July, the European Council will meet again to appoint the next European Council President and EU High Representative for External Relations.  Martin Schulz was re-elected as European Parliament President. The Members of European Parliament Committees were also selected this week. The constituent meetings of the parliamentary committees will be held next week where Chairpersons and Vice-Chairs will be elected.

Alternative Financing for Africa’s Agenda 2063 | Moving Agricultural Development and Food Security Forward, Weekly Compass, 27 June 2014
European leaders are meeting as we go to press and are expected to confirm Jean-Claude Juncker as the next President of the European Commission, the decision could be taken by 5pm . You can follow live updates from the EU meeting. The position will be taken by an unprecedented vote (decisions are usually made by consensus) at the request of UK Prime Minister who opposes Juncker. The EU Council President tabled a “Strategic Agenda for the European Union in times of Change” to the meeting. EU leaders are expected to adopt this as a policy agenda for the new EU executive. It states that the EU should have a stronger engagement in world affairs and calls for more co-ordination between member states and EU foreign policy goals, as well as more consistency between the EU’s trade, energy, justice, development and economic policies.

Making Africa-EU Relations Future Proof | Oil Revenues and Political Dynamics | Regional Integration in Southern Africa, Weekly Compass, 20 June 2014
If ever there were a time when the EU needs to be more comprehensive and coherent in its international action, it is now – and not just in response to the crisis in Ukraine. In ECDPM’s past analysis of the EU’s Comprehensive Approach to external conflict and crisis we acknowledged that important progress had been made, but that real comprehensiveness was still ahead of us. We now have the recent Conclusions of the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council to add to the mix. Now, ECDPM’s Andrew Sherriff and Volker Hauck ask more practically, will this be a great leap forward in actual practice? The new action plan for the comprehensive approach will help to gather momentum for more comprehensiveness and partnering across the Union, providing the basis for concrete joint action starting with early warning, joint analysis, political activities and programming. Yet ultimately the success of this endeavour will be judged on results, not communications and conclusions.

A Reality Check in ACP-EU Relations | Promoting Development Through Business | Human Security in Africa, Weekly Compass, 13 June 2014
The appointment of the new European Commission President looks likely to be delayed due to a power struggle between the European Parliament and the European Council.  Leaders of the main political groups in the European Parliament told the EU Council President to nominate Jean-Claude Juncker as the next EU Commission President, based on his party having won the most vote in the recent European elections, or face an “institutional crisis”. All groups, except for the British Conservative group said EU leaders should nominate Juncker or the Parliament will veto any other candidate.