"This world belongs to all of us equally, and we are all its co-heirs, even if we do not live in it in the same way - hence precisely the real diversity of cultures and ways of life."
Europe would not be the Europe of today without Africa, and Africa would not be the Africa of today without Europe. The two continents constitute themselves not least through their respective interlockings, whereby the gain of one is always the price of the other and vice versa.
In the Development Committee (DEVE), I have the opportunity to help shape European development policy in the interests of my constituents and the diverse voices of civil society.
As Vice-Chair of DEVE, I work with other MEPs to implement the development goals of the 2030 Agenda. I am particularly concerned about food security, the rights of women and girls and sexual minorities, and the renewal and decolonisation of EU-Africa relations.
The new EU-Africa Strategy, published by the European Commission at the beginning of 2020, is a frequent topic in my daily parliamentary life, not least because of my role as shadow rapporteur on the EU-Africa Strategy report. In my work on this issue, I am convinced that a respectful and deeper dialogue between African and European actors can create a new, more useful quality of partnership.
As a substitute member of the delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, I am also an observer of the post-Cotonou negotiations and thus of Europe's ability to act in terms of development policy. The Post-Cotonou Agreement governs trade relations and political cooperation between the African, Caribbean and Pacific states and the European Union.