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Europe External Programme with Africa

Europe External Programme with Africa
AbbreviationEEPA Edit this on Wikidata
Typesinternational non-governmental organization Edit this on Wikidata
Aimhuman rights Edit this on Wikidata
HeadquartersCity of Brussels Edit this on Wikidata
CountryBelgium Edit this on Wikidata
Budget277,000 euro (2019) Edit this on Wikidata
Revenue277,202 euro (2019) Edit this on Wikidata
Employees7 (2021) Edit this on Wikidata
Websitewww.eepa.be Edit this on Wikidata

The Europe External Programme with Africa and Europe External Policy Advisors, both called EEPA, are two closely associated Belgian-based non-governmental organizations[1] that aim to encourage the European Union's involvement in human rights in general (EEPA/Advisors)[2] and, in particular, in the Horn of Africa and North Africa (EEPA/Africa).[3]

Creation and history

Europe External Policy Advisors (EEPA/Advisors) states that it was created in 2003. It was registered with the European Commission in July 2015 with ID number 719135118053-50, as an international Belgian-based non-governmental organization (AISBL).[2] Europe External Programme with Africa (EEPA/Africa) was registered with the European Commission in January 2018 with ID number 574620429651-88.[3] In 2020, the two organisations shared their street address, website and the EEPA acronym.[2][3]

Leadership and structure

Mirjam van Reisen, an international relations and human rights professor at Tilburg University, is stated by EEPA/Advisors to have been its founding director in 2003.[4] In 2020, van Reisen continued to be the director of EEPA/Advisors[2] and was the secretary-general of EEPA/Africa.[5]

As of 11 January 2021, EEPA/Africa was led by Paddy Maguinness,[6] who had earlier been one of EEPA/Africa's employees in Ireland,[7] an international development policy member of EEPA/Advisors in 2013, and had been deputy head of the Irish NGO Concern Worldwide.[8]

In May 2020, EEPA/Advisors had three part-time employees[6] and in January 2021, EEPA/Africa had seven part-time employees.[2] Neither had persons accredited to access the European Parliament (EP).[6][2]

Eritrean human rights lawyer Daniel Mekonnen states that he worked for EEPA/Africa during 2016–2018.[9][10]

Aims

EEPA/Advisors describes its aims as influencing European foreign policy supporting development and human rights.[2] EEPA/Africa describes it aims as using research and distribution of information to promote human rights and justice in Africa, especially in the Horn of Africa and North Africa, and by influencing European Union (EU) actions and policy towards Africa.[3]

Actions

EEPA/Africa published daily situation reports on the Tigray conflict starting on 17 December 2020.[11] Its 18 December report stated that the Negash mosque had been "first bombed and later looted by Ethiopian and Eritrean troops".[1][12]

References

  1. ^ a b "Tigray crisis: Ethiopia to repair al-Nejashi mosque". BBC News. 2021-01-05. Archived from the original on 2021-01-05. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Transparency Register – Profile of registrant – Europe External Policy Advisors". European Commission. 2020-05-04. Archived from the original on 2021-01-14. Retrieved 2021-01-14.
  3. ^ a b c d "Transparency Register – Profile of registrant – Europe External Programme with Africa". European Commission. 2020-01-07. Archived from the original on 2021-01-05. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  4. ^ "Europe External Policy Advisors". Europe External Programme with Africa. 2018-05-04. Archived from the original on 2018-05-04. Retrieved 2021-01-14.
  5. ^ van Reisen, Mirjam (2020). "Mirjam van Reisen". Tilburg University. Archived from the original on 2021-01-05. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  6. ^ a b c "Transparency Register – Profile of registrant – Europe External Programme with Africa". European Commission. 2020-01-11. Archived from the original on 2021-01-14. Retrieved 2021-01-14.
  7. ^ van Reisen, Mirjam (2020-11-24). "'We call on the EU to appoint a Horn of Africa envoy'". Euobserver. Archived from the original on 2021-01-05. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  8. ^ "The Haven Community Foundation – Annual Report 2013" (PDF). Blacknighthosting. 2014. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2021-01-14. Retrieved 2021-01-14.
  9. ^ Mekonnen, Daniel (2020). "Daniel Mekonnen". Archived from the original on 2020-10-23. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  10. ^ Mekonnen, Daniel (2019-03-13). "Statement Delivered at the 40th Session of the UN Human Rights Council". Eritrean Law Society. Archived from the original on 2021-01-05. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  11. ^ "Situation reports". Europe External Programme with Africa. 2021-01-05. Archived from the original on 2021-01-05. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  12. ^ "Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 29 – 18 December" (PDF). Europe External Programme with Africa. 2020-12-18. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2021-01-05. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
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