EU hopes to approve new partnership document with Egypt soon

MENA , Saturday 16 Oct 2021

The European Union hopes to approve the new partnership document with Cairo during the upcoming Egypt-EU Association Council's ministerial meetings, Head of the European Union Delegation to Egypt Christian Berger said Saturday.

EU Ambassador to Egypt Christian Berger
A file photo of EU Ambassador to Egypt Christian Berger (Photo: EU)

The council will convene once discussions with Egypt are completed, Berger told reporters.

The talks focus on exchanging ideas and determining priorities that have changed since 2016, he added.

The new priorities include responses to the coronavirus pandemic, health and vaccines production files, as well as social and green files, the EU diplomat told MENA.

The European Union and the Egyptian Ministry of Energy and Renewable Energy are working to update an energy strategy to focus on renewable, wind, solar and hydrogen energies, he added.

New priority areas also include the economy's digitisation and various artificial intelligence domains, Berger said.

Regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Berger called for resuming talks among Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.

EU Special Representative for the Horn of Africa Annette Weber will visit Cairo within weeks to hold talks with Egyptian officials in this regard, he said. "We believe that the parties can and must reach an agreement. We will do everything possible to reach such a deal."

Berger also praised projects launched in Egypt's New Administrative Capital and other new cities. "Those great efforts will be a strong catalyst for the Egyptian economy in the construction sector."

On investment in Egypt, the EU Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Oliver Varheli will visit Egypt by the end of October to discuss many issues before the launch of the EU's new investment plan for the southern neighbourhood in February 2022.

Egypt enjoys several advantages in the investment field, especially when it comes to infrastructure, transportation, ease of exporting products and new legislation, he added.

Renewable energy is a promising sector for investment where Egypt already possesses huge potentials, he further added.

Berger also welcomed Egypt's new human rights strategy. "We are ready to share our experience with Egypt in translating its various axes into legislation."

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