European Union and Angola due to sign new cooperation agreement

23 April 2012

The European Union and Angola are due to sign, in Brussels, a new agreement called the EU-Angola Joint Way Forward which is intended to, “launch a permanent process of dialogue and cooperation between the two regions,” the President of the European Commission said in Luanda Friday.

The document that will soon be signed is not focused on funding the African country, but rather on a deeper level of cooperation for development, said Durão Barroso. Angola’s President, José Eduardo dos Santos accepted an invitation to go to Brussels at a time that has yet to be decided.

Durão Barroso also said that the agreement followed a financial package of 250 million euros (2007-2013), and is intended to “raise relations between the Union and Angola to a higher level.”

The document, which is being finalised by the Commission and Luanda, will set out ways of cooperating in areas such as the economy, sustainable development, energy, mobility, security, peace, basic rights, and higher education. (macauhub)