European Union includes Cape Verde in neighborhood policy

27 January 2006

The European Parliament has included Cape Verde in the new European Neighborhood Policy approved Thursday in Strasbourg, which is likely to lead to increased cooperation and support for the West African archipelago, the Cape Verde government said Friday.

The granting of neighbor status to Cape Verde comes at a time when a task force from the European Union (EU) is in the process of setting up a “special strategic partnership” between the EU and the archipelago.

According to the statement published in Praia by the Cape Verde Foreign Ministry, “the inclusion in the European Neighborhood Policy is an important step in obtaining a special partnership for the relationship between Cape Verde and the European Union.”

The status will allow Cape Verde to benefit from, “concrete measures of cooperation and assistance, namely the areas of security and crime-fighting, as part of a group of democratic and developed countries taking part in a larger Europe,” the government statement said.

The European Parliament’s decision was justified by the progress made by the archipelago with regard to democracy, good governance and respect for human rights, as well as historical, social, political, cultural and geographic affinities with the European Union.. (macauhub)