Africa could get a free trade agreement with the EU

Postado Setembro 14, 2018

The president of the european Commission Jean-Claude Juncker called on Tuesday for the european Union, already economic heavyweight, strengthens its policy on the global scene, in his last speech on the state of the Union in front of meps in Strasbourg.

Mr Juncker also said the European Union will always show "loyalty and solidarity" with Ireland on the issue of its border with Northern Ireland.

The European Parliament will vote later on Wednesday whether to start the same process against Hungary.

The geopolitical situation makes this Europe's hour: the time for European sovereignty has come.

"The commission is expected to propose that, in spring 2021, we switch to summertime and leave the clocks there for good".

As many as 165,000 immigrants arrived in Scandinavian in 2015 alone.

"I am not suggesting that we are on the verge of a similar catastrophe in Europe".

"We want to build a new partnership with Africa".

But increasingly, Europe is emulating China's approach to Africa - focusing on trade, and on partnerships - not conflicts and charity.

"It would create up to 10 million jobs in Africa in five years".

The EU's 40% target was agreed in 2014, a year before the Paris Agreement, and was meant to align with a 2C global warming limit.

In his final state of the union speech, Juncker outlined a strengthened structure and bolder mandate for the EU's Coast and Border Guard to assist EU member countries to return asylum seekers whose applications for refuge are denied.

He welcomed Theresa May's proposal in the Chequers plan for the establishment of a free trade area between Britain and the EU. The speech is a yearly fixture and is used by the president to take stock of the past year and present priorities for the year ahead. In his State of the Union address, he said: "We can not continue to squabble to find ad-hoc solutions each time a new ship arrives". "We need a lot more".

The EU boss also launched an attack on rising populism and urged EU member states to unite. Once adopted, the new law will give more power to artists, news and traditional media companies as opposed to tech giants like Facebook, Microsoft and Google, says Deutsche Welle.

Addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg, he made a pitch for the EU to "punch above its weight, not below".

I have been working with various parties for many years to implement these changes and I am glad to see that they are going one step further today.

He also called for swifter decision-making by increasing voting by qualified majority in the Council, saying, "Europe is an economic giant, but also has to become a political one".