European Union and Cape Verde to meet in 1Q 2006

21 November 2005

Praia, Cape Verde, 21 Nov – Cape Verde and the European Union (EU) will hold a meeting in Luxembourg in the first quarter of 2006 to discuss the relationship between the archipelago and the EU, officials have said.

The decision was taken during the Cape Verde prime minister’s tour of several European countries and Luxembourg last week.

The meeting will be held after legislative elections in Cape Verde on 22 January and include representatives from the Portuguese, Spanish and French governments as well as those of the west African archipelago.

Cape Verdean Prime Minister José Maria Neves ultimately aims for Cape Verde to be a full member of the European Union and has pushed for the islands to have a special relationship with the EU.

Both Portugal and Luxembourg have shown support for increased ties between the EU and Cape Verde.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, which is one of the countries that provides Cape Verde with most funding, plans to visit Cape Verde after the country’s elections.

On his tour of Europe Neves visited Luxembourg, Portugal, France and the Netherlands. (macauhub)