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Unrest, arrests and killings in DR Congo: Stop EU support for Congolese police

22/12/2016 - Press release

DRC, European Union; Democratisation

  Brussels, 22 December 2016 - After days of political turmoil in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the European Union (EU) must take stronger and more concrete action by stopping its financial support for the police sector, the European network for Central Africa (EurAc) and World... Read more

EU/US: Sanction Senior DR Congo Officials

09/12/2016 - Press release

DRC, European Union; Democratisation

Urgent Action Needed to Deter Large-Scale Violence, Repression (Kinshasa, December 9, 2016) – The European Union and United States should expand targeted sanctions against those most responsible for recent violent repression and other serious human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of... Read more

NEW REPORT - Political stalemate and worsening security crisis in the DR Congo: How should the European Union respond

07/12/2016 - Press release

DRC, European Union; Democratisation

With this new position statement, the European network for Central Africa (EurAc) wishes to draw the attention of European political decision-makers, at all levels of power, to the gravity and the risks of the situation in the DRC. The next step is to provide them with action plans, on the one hand... Read more

EurAc in a nutshell...

Created in 2003, the European Network for Central Africa (EurAc) gathers member organisations from civil society in several European countries. These organisations work on and in the Great Lakes region. They support civil society organisations in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda in their efforts to promote peace, the defence of human rights and development.

 

 

EurAc’s mission is to carry out advocacy work towards the European Union (EU) to ensure a strong, coherent and sustainable engagement by the EU and its member state, integrated to a regional approach, in order to help the Great Lakes region build a better future.

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Our areas of work

Political and security tensions in the Great Lakes region threaten the stability, security and development in the region as a whole. EurAc develops its analysis and advocacy around issues of civilian protection, support for security programs, including the reform of the security sector (SSR), and support for peace processes.

 

 

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The democratisation processes in the Great Lakes region face many political and security obstacles and tensions, particularly around the organization of electoral cycles. EurAc develops its expertise and conducts advocacy work urging the EU to enhance its policies in defense of the rule of law, the good governance and the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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The sustainable management of natural resources can constitute a significant lever for reducing poverty and for regional stability. Unfortunately, local populations generally undergo the negative impacts of this exploitation.

EurAc calls for a more transparent and sustainable management of resources, so as to make it favorable to the interests of the most vulnerable populations.

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Our latest positions and publications

07/12/2016 - Policy Briefing - (EN/FR)
DRC, European Union; Democratisation

With this new position statement, the European network for Central Africa (EurAc) wishes to draw the attention of European political decision-makers, at all levels of power, to the gravity and the risks of the situation in the DRC.

10/11/2016 - Position Paper - (EN/FR)
Central Africa, European Union, Great Lakes; Natural Resources

The European Network for Central Africa (EurAc) calls on representatives of Member States and of the European Parliament participating in the trilogue to revisit their copy on the establishment of the ‘White List’ of smelters and refiners certified as ‘responsible’ and on the definition of exemption thresholds for ‘small’ volumes of ‘3Ts’2 and gold minerals and metals imported into the European Union (EU).

02/06/2016 - Policy Briefing - (EN/FR)
DRC, European Union; Democratisation

The European Union can play an essential role in keeping the ongoing political turmoil in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from escalating into a national and regional security 

27/04/2016 - Open Letter - (EN)
Burundi, European Union; Peace & Security

As Burundian, African and International NGOs deeply concerned by the human rights situation in Burundi, we strongly urge the UN Security Council to authorize the deployment of a robust police protection and monitoring presence as soon as possible.

18/02/2016 - Policy Briefing - (EN/FR)
DRC, European Union; Peace & Security

The processes of peace, stabilization and development in the Great Lakes region in Africa are confronted with numerous obstacles. The political and security tensions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) represent a threat to stability, security and development for the region as a whole. A number of international actors including the European union (EU) and the United nations (UN) have been playing an active role in terms of support to the development of Security Sector Reform (SSR), protection of civilians, security and stabilization programmes.

11/02/2016 - Policy Briefing - (EN/FR)
European Union, Great Lakes; Natural Resources

EurAc and its partners are deeply concerned that the Council mandate agreed by COREPER on 7 December 2015 has proposed reopening and weakening the OECD Due Diligence Guidance, an established standard negotiated and agreed by industry, governments and civil society. This is of little help to the EU companies that are already implementing it, and limits the effectiveness of the EU’s response to the trade in conflict minerals. At the contrary, Member States should show leadership and engage in a constructive dialogue that makes it clear to companies, investors, consumers, and those affected by the trade in conflict minerals, that the EU is firm in its commitment to more responsible and transparent supply chains.