As part of the monthly program monitoring meetings, the ECOWAS Commission received the European Union Delegation to Nigeria, at its premises in Abuja, on August 23, 2022.
The main objective of this bilateral meeting is to review the main ongoing programs as well as those identified under the new EU funding instrument.
The meeting took place in the presence of the Head of European Union Cooperation in Nigeria, Ms Cécile Tassin-Pfizer, accompanied by her colleagues, in particular the Deputy Head of Delegation and Head of the Political Section, the Chief Executive Finance, Contracts and Audit, project managers, as well as ECOWAS staff, in particular the Director of External Relations (Chairman) and the Directors in charge of Peacekeeping and Regional Security ; Energy and Mines; Humanitarian and Social Affairs; political affairs; Finance/Financial reports and donations; and Transport.
Several points on the agenda were the subject of intense discussions, in particular those relating to the activities planned under the New Instrument for Cooperation of the European Union (NDICI), the Annual Action Plan (AAP) 2022 and 2023, Blue Economy, Stabilization, Peace and Security, Climate Change, Human Development and Gender Issues.
During the exchanges, the two parties expressed their current concerns related to democratic and security challenges, and indicated the need to continue the programs already underway in these areas.
In the field of climate change, the parties shared the same points of view relating to the strengthening of actions up to the definition of joint action plans in order to face the various climatic challenges of the West African region.
The issue of human development caught the attention of the EU and ECOWAS, which agreed to finalize the action plan initiated in this area and which should help in the formulation of relevant projects to be initiated in this area.
Within the framework of Institutional Support to ECOWAS, the Directors present at the meeting indicated the need to maintain the Support Unit for the Regional Authorizing Officer (ORA Support Unit) which
provides essential and necessary assistance for the validation of the pillars of the EU by ECOWAS, hence the importance of finding the necessary support for the sustainability of its operation.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
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