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TOGETHER Draft Declaration on the Future of Europe


The European Union and Africa have an important and unique partnership, which is at a crossroads. The EU remains the main partner of Africa, but it is no longer the only one. So does Africa still need Europe? We continue to believe the deep, comprehensive and holistic relationship is a vital long-term foundation for political dialogue and progress in both continents.
Investing in young people. The demographic boom in Africa will be an opportunity for the continent rather than a challenge, if we support investment in education. The challenges of the future will only be met if we equip the next generations with the necessary tools, on which an “EU-Africa Erasmus program” can be of great impact, encouraging exchanges between European and African young students, researchers, teachers and entrepreneurs.
Sustainable investments. The S&D Group strongly supports the EU External Investment Plan for Africa (and European neighbourhood) with the aim of improving economic and social development and achieving the SDGs on the African continent. But rather than underpin multinationals which are already champions of tax evasion, or the ones which prey on mineral and natural resources, the EIP must provide support to SMEs, microfinance and job creation programs, especially for young people and women.
Coherent Partnerships for development to address the root causes of irregular migration. Irregular migration is a global phenomenon requiring a coordinated international response and the EU must take a human-rights-based lead in shaping it. We support a strong partnership between Europe and Africa and the efforts in the United Nations to tackle the root causes of migration in terms of improving the economic and social situation, strengthening democracy and the rule of law, and providing education and employment opportunities in countries of transit and origin. We remain strongly committed to the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, also by improving development cooperation, conflict resolution, and stimulate inclusive and sustainable economic growth to ensure that people have a real chance of a better life in their homeland. But we also need to ensure we implement Policy Coherence for Development across our agricultural, trade and investment policies, from the Common Agricultural Policy to binding due diligence requirements for EU companies. The security-development nexus remains important for addressing conflict, but poverty-alleviation must remain the primary goal of development assistance. We will never accept aid conditionality linked to migration policy.
Strengthen democracy and human rights. Human rights remain central to our partnership with Africa. We urge the EEAS and Commission to use all available tools to maintain serious human rights dialogues. We will seek innovative mechanisms to give support and visibility to those risking their lives in Africa for the defence of human rights, democracy, social justice, equality and non-discrimination. We reiterate our belief that independent NGOs, media and cultural space are a pre-requisite of a functioning democracy and rule of law.
Gender equality. Without the emancipation of women there is no viability for sustainable development, nor full democracy, nor good governance. Gender equality must be mainstreamed in all EU policies, initiatives and investments towards Africa.
“Does Africa need Europe?” is one of the priorities part of the “Building the Progressive Future Together” statement, debated during our event in Brussels on October 18-19. But the debate goes on. We’re counting on your input, so each of you can play a part in shaping our common future. It’s easy – just sign in add your thoughts to this topic.


Currently, the acute shortage of jobs affects the economic and social situation in the entire European Community. Labor shortages are increasing , especially among young people, who are most affected by this situation. The graduate rate is disproportionate in terms of the number of jobs and qualifications required on the labor market. the problem is to balance the scale among young people who are looking for a job , but not only. Including the consequences arising from this situation are aimed at: salary level, paid hours, quantity/quality rapport, in countries like Romania, for example, is disproportionate to the other European Union countries. Other issues requiring attention are: improving the living standard among the population , the discrepancy between the workforce and pensions that must be paid out of “our money”, lack of effective and concrete control of public money in some countries where the level of corruption is growing and affects ourselves directly, the ordinary citizens. There are many young people with fewer opportunities who are forced to leave their own country, leave their families and their children to find a better living beyond the borders of their country. More than that, in terms of their work arms , they have already began to be replaced by robots. Automation will put a monopoly on manufacturing work. From here, the labor force will be serious raised, which be compulsorily complimented by ultra-performing machines and technology. They will do what man did not do practically, arms are replaced by state-of- the art technology, will overcome production activity both in terms of quantity and quality. The European Community and the Member states will slowly have to adopt measures and countermeasures to: lack workforce, improving the quality of life in all its aspects, developing cohesion measures that do not seriously affect t5he standard of living of citizens and by which the economy is rectified.

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