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JOINT POLICY NOTE - Ensuring the proper implementation of the EU Regulation on the responsible sourcing of minerals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas

25/04/2019 - Policy Brief

Central Africa, DRC, European Union; Natural Resources

The extraction, transport, and trade of minerals have been linked to conflict, corruption, and human rights abuses for decades. The minerals trade has financed armed groups, bankrolled oppressive security forces, facilitated money laundering and corruption, and allowed companies to benefit from... Read more

DR Congo new presidency and Universal Periodic Review: urging the EU and its member states to issue strong recommendations on the human rights situation in the country.

25/03/2019 - Press release

DRC, European Union; Inclusive political participation & Human Rights

EurAc and the CCPR-Centre regret that the implementation of DR Congo’s commitment during its last Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of 2014 is still not effective, especially regarding the opening of political and civic space. In view of the upcoming UPR, the European Union (EU) and its member... Read more

DR Congo: the EU must support regional positions by urging Congolese authorities to respect the truth of the ballot

18/01/2019 - Press release

DRC, European Union; Inclusive political participation & Human Rights

As the High Representative Federica Mogherini and foreign ministers of the European Union (EU) Member States are due to discuss the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the next Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) meeting on 21 January 2019, the European network for Central Africa (... Read more


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 the 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 states, integrated to a regional approach, in order to help the Great Lakes region build a better future.


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Areas of work

Political and security tensions threaten the stability, security and development in the Great Lakes region.

EurAc advocates around issues of civilian protection, support for security programs, including the reforms of the security sector and the processes of disarmament, demobilisation, repatriation, reintegration and resettlement  of armed groups combatants, and support for peace processes.

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Political participation and the protection and civil and political rights and freedoms in the Great Lakes region face many political and security obstacles and tensions, particularly around the electoral cycles.

EurAc develops its expertise and conducts advocacy work urging the EU to enhance its policies in defence 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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Latest positions and publications

25/04/2019 - Policy Brief - (EN)
European Union, Great Lakes; Natural Resources

This joint policy note provides a critical assessment of the state of implementation of the Regulation, and addresses recommendations to the Commission and Member States to duly fulfil their obligations under the Regulation.
Cosigned by ActionAid, Alboan, Amnesty International, EurAc, Focsiv, Germanwatch, Global Witness, Justicia i Pau, Justice & Paix, OENZ, PowerShift, SOMO and Weed. 

17/04/2019 - Annual Report - (EN)
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The European Network for Central Africa (EurAc) publishes its annual report for 2018, highlighting the activities and publications of the secretariat and the members in 2018, it's 15th anniversary year. 
- Editorial by François Mercier, President of EurAc
- The new EurAc Strategy 2018-2020: Towards an increased EU support to the people in the Great Lakes Region
- 2018 for EurAc in numbers 
- Our work at the EU level in 2018
- Our member organisations in action
- Our publications and our presence in the media
- Financial situation in 2018

25/03/2019 - Policy Brief - (EN)
DRC, European Union; Inclusive political participation & Human Rights

The upcoming cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo will take place in a particular context with the coming to power of a new president. This change of head of state should not lead states parties to the DRC’s UPR to minimise the alarming human rights situation in the country. In this Policy Brief, EurAc and the CCPR-Centre urge the European Union and its member states to remind the DRC government of the commitments made during its second cycle of the UPR; especially those regarding the organisation of transparent and credible elections, the respect and promotion of press and media freedom as well as the protection of human rights defenders. The EU should also issue new recommendations and concerns regarding corruption as well as the management of natural resources, which represent a serious threat to the human rights in the country.