Cabo Verde and European Union extend special partnership

5 May 2015

Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) and the European Union (EU) will expand their special partnership, initiated in 2007, to new areas, such as renewable energy and strengthening of the private sector, officials said Monday in Praia.

The statement was made by the ambassador of the European Union in Cabo Verde, José Manuel Pinto Teixeira, and the Cape Verdean Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Maria de Jesus Miranda, on announcing the week of the Special Partnership and Europe Day, according to Portuguese news agency Lusa.

According to Miranda, the partnership in renewable energy is “one of a kind and very extensive” and will encompass various partners and Member States of the EU who have “close cooperation” with Cabo Verde in this area, the result of Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2014.

In the case of Cabo Verde, the objective, the Secretary of State said was to help the country achieve energy self-sustainability, with economic, social and environmental benefits and by 2020 to achieve 100 percent coverage with renewable energy.

The European Union and Cabo Verde signed a special partnership agreement in 2007, based on six areas – good governance, regional integration, technical and regulatory convergence, security and stability, knowledge society, fighting poverty and supporting development.

During the week of the Special Partnership and Europe Day, ton 9 May, Cabo Verde and the EU will host several political, cultural and educational activities in Praia and Mindelo, on the island of São Vicente. (macauhub/CV)