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PUBLIC CONFERENCE & LAUNCH OF REPORT - 7 DECEMBER 2017 - Land, development & conflict in the Great Lakes region: towards a renewed EU engagement for equitable land management

07/12/2017 - Event

Burundi, DRC, European Union, Great Lakes, Rwanda; Natural Resources

PUBLIC CONFERENCE   Land, development and conflict in the Great Lakes region: Towards a renewed EU engagement for equitable land management   7 DECEMBER 2017 9.30 am-12.30 pm   European Parliament, Room PHS 5B001 Brussels   This event will also launch a EurAc advocacy document, which, based on... Read more

NEW BRIEFING - Land, development and conflict in the Great Lakes region: Towards a renewed EU engagement for equitable land management

07/12/2017 - Press release

Burundi, DRC, European Union, Rwanda; Natural Resources

  PRESS RELEASE 7 December 2017   In its new report Land, development and conflict in the Great Lakes region: Towards a renewed EU and Switzerland engagement for equitable land management in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda launched today on the occasion of the public conference... Read more

DR Congo: EurAc and Protection International urge EU leaders to exert pressure on individuals and entities blocking the democratic process, and assisting others to organise credible elections

05/12/2017 - Press release

DRC, European Union; Democracy & Human Rights

  PRESS RELEASE 6 December 2017   As EU member states are due to discuss the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today at the Africa Working Party (COAFR), the European network for Central Africa (EurAc) and Protection International wish to express their deep concern with a... Read more

EurAc in a nutshell...

Created in 2003, the European Network for Central Africa (EurAc) gathers member organisations from civil society in several European countries. These organisations work on and in the Great Lakes region. They support civil society organisations in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda in their efforts to promote peace, the defence of human rights and development.

 

 

EurAc’s mission is to carry out advocacy work towards the European Union (EU) to ensure a strong, coherent and sustainable engagement by the EU and its member state, integrated to a regional approach, in order to help the Great Lakes region build a better future.

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Our areas of work

Political and security tensions in the Great Lakes region threaten the stability, security and development in the region as a whole. EurAc develops its analysis and advocacy around issues of civilian protection, support for security programs, including the reform of the security sector (SSR), and support for peace processes.

 

 

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The democratisation processes in the Great Lakes region face many political and security obstacles and tensions, particularly around the organization of electoral cycles. EurAc develops its expertise and conducts advocacy work urging the EU to enhance its policies in defense of the rule of law, the good governance and the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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The sustainable management of natural resources can constitute a significant lever for reducing poverty and for regional stability. Unfortunately, local populations generally undergo the negative impacts of this exploitation.

EurAc calls for a more transparent and sustainable management of resources, so as to make it favorable to the interests of the most vulnerable populations.

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Our latest positions and publications

07/12/2017 - Policy Briefing - (EN/FR)
Burundi, DRC, European Union, Rwanda; Natural Resources

In its new report Land, development and conflict in the Great Lakes region: Towards a renewed EU and Switzerland engagement for equitable land management in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda, the European Network for Central Africa (EurAc) provides a thorough analysis based on an extensive field research in the three Great Lakes countries and presents practical recommendations to the European Union (EU) and its member states, as well as to Switzerland, for an enhanced engagement of the international community with land governance that contributes to peace, stability and the protection of local populations’ economic and human rights.

07/06/2017 - Policy Briefing - (EN/FR)
Burundi, Central Africa, DRC, European Union, Great Lakes, Rwanda; Democracy & Human Rights

In its new report Democratic processes and political stalemate in the Great Lakes region: For a stronger engagement of the European Union in Burundi, DR Congo and Rwanda published today on the occasion of the public conference organised at the European Parliament on the same theme, the European Network for Central Africa (EurAc) highlights the different political and security crises linked to democratic processes, including electoral processes, in each of the three countries of the Great Lakes region in Africa, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda as well as proposes several recommendations and lines of action for the European Union (EU) to further strengthen its commitment to good governance, the rule of law and democracy in these countries and the region.

03/05/2017 - Position Paper - (EN)
DRC, European Union; Democracy & Human Rights

In light of the worsening political and security crisis in the DRC, EurAc calls on European Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the High Representative of the EU Federica Mogherini, to take concrete steps to prevent a further escalation of violence and new abuses in the DRC. At the Foreign Affairs Council meeting on 6 March, the EU declared its intention to “adopt new individual restrictive measures against those responsible for serious human rights violations or for incitement to violence and those who would obstruct a consensual and peaceful solution to the crisis, one that respects the aspiration of the people of the DRC to elect their representatives”. EurAc believes that it is time to turn words into action, this declaration into a decision to apply new targeted sanctions.

22/03/2017 - Position Paper - (EN/FR)
Central Africa, DRC, European Union, Great Lakes; Natural Resources

One week ago, on 16 March 2017, the European Parliament approved the European Regulation for the responsible sourcing of minerals originating from conflict-affected and high-risk areas. In its new report titled 'Accompanying measures to the EU Regulation on responsible mineral sourcing: Towards an improved governance of the artisanal mining sector in the DRC' released today, the European Network for Central Africa (EurAc) does not hereby intend to discuss the content of the new regulation but it rather wishes to focus on the “accompanying measures”, the non-legislative measures meant to ensure the effective implementation of the regulation. 

Based on our understanding of the challenges in the DRC’s artisanal mining sector, EurAc has identified in this report three main gaps, relating to the accompanying measures currently envisaged for the DRC, in the current approach adopted by the European Union (EU) and its Member States: the limited financial resources allocated to strengthening the governance of the artisanal mining sector, then the limited attention paid to local actors and finally the vagueness regarding the strengthening of political dialogue with the Congolese government and with other countries in the Great Lakes region.

28/02/2017 - Position Paper - (EN)
DRC, European Union; Democracy & Human Rights

As the European Foreign Affairs Ministers are due to discuss the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the next Foreign Affairs Council meeting on 6 March 2017, the European Network for Central Africa (EurAc) strongly believes that a second round of European Union (EU) targeted sanctions (travel ban and asset freeze) against senior political and security actors, closer to the inner circle of President Joseph Kabila and responsible for human rights abuse as well as for the violent crackdown on dissident voices and for undermining the democratic process, would be useful to increase the pressure on DRC officials to find a solution to the political and security crisis.

07/12/2016 - Policy Briefing - (EN/FR)
DRC, European Union; Democracy & Human Rights

With this new position statement, the European network for Central Africa (EurAc) wishes to draw the attention of European political decision-makers, at all levels of power, to the gravity and the risks of the situation in the DRC.