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NEW REPORT - Accompanying measures to the EU Regulation on responsible mineral sourcing: Towards an improved governance of the artisanal mining sector in the DR Congo

22/03/2017 - Press release

Central Africa, DRC, European Union, Great Lakes; Natural Resources

PRESS RELEASE   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... Read more

[VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT - EurAc] - Director (M/F) - Deadline for applications : 3 April 2017

21/03/2017 - Vacancy

Burundi, Central Africa, DRC, European Union, Great Lakes, Rwanda, United Nations; All thematics

The European network for Central Africa (EurAc) recruits a Director (M/F) EurAc is looking for a dynamic person to lead the coordination of its network and the strategic direction of its work. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record in NGO management and advocacy experience with the... Read more

[TRAINEESHIP OFFER - EurAc] Communications & Events Intern - Deadline for applications : 3 April 2017

21/03/2017 - Vacancy

Burundi, Central Africa, DRC, European Union, Great Lakes, Rwanda, United Nations; All thematics

The European network for Central Africa (EurAc) recruits a Communications & Event Intern (M/F) EurAc is the network of European NGOs active in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda in the areas of foreign relations, development, human rights and humanitarian aid. The... 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

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

FR - Cela fait maintenant une semaine, le 16 mars dernier, que le Parlement européen a adopté le Règlement sur l’approvisionnement responsable en minerais provenant des régions en conflit ou dites à haut risques. Dans son nouveau rapport intitulé « Mesures d’accompagnement au Règlement de l’UE sur l’approvisionnement responsable en minerais: Pour un renforcement de la gouvernance du secteur minier artisanal en RDC » publié aujourd'hui, le Réseau européen pour l'Afrique centrale (EurAc) n’entend pas ici discuter du contenu de la nouvelle législation mais se concentre sur les « mesures d’accompagnement » au Règlement, autrement dit sur les autres mesures de nature non législative destinées à assurer l’efficacité générale du Règlement.

28/02/2017 - Position Paper - (EN)
DRC, European Union; Democratisation

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; Democratisation

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.

10/11/2016 - Policy Briefing - (EN/FR)
Central Africa, European Union, Great Lakes; Natural Resources

The European Network for Central Africa (EurAc) calls on representatives of Member States and of the European Parliament participating in the trilogue to revisit their copy on the establishment of the ‘White List’ of smelters and refiners certified as ‘responsible’ and on the definition of exemption thresholds for ‘small’ volumes of ‘3Ts’2 and gold minerals and metals imported into the European Union (EU).

13/06/2016 - Open Letter - (EN)
Central Africa, European Union, Great Lakes; Natural Resources

Minerals are key components in many everyday products, from mobile phones, laptops, and jewellery, to cars and light bulbs. In too many cases, however, the extraction and trade of these resources is linked to conflicts and human rights abuses. Civil society organisations have been documenting the links between minerals and these abuses for years, from their role in funding violent armed groups to the use of child labour in mines. But these abuses persist, and companies are still buying and using such minerals without assessing and addressing these risks. It is time to change the status quo. It is time for EU governments to take effective legislative action to ensure companies source minerals responsibly, transparently and sustainably.

02/06/2016 - Policy Briefing - (EN/FR)
DRC, European Union; Democratisation

The European Union can play an essential role in keeping the ongoing political turmoil in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from escalating into a national and regional security