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Date: 25/10/2007
PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN CAPE VERDE AND EU

Prime Minister José Maria Neves expressed his thanks today in Brussels to European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso for his efforts at making the special partnership between Cape Verde and the European Union a reality.

José Maria Neves spoke upon leaving a meeting with Durão Barroso, whom he said had made a special effort, over the course of the past several years, to strengthen ties between Cape Verde and the European Union. “It was while Durão Barroso was prime minister of Portugal that the process began,” Neves said during a press conference following the leader of the European Commission in Brussels.

The Prime Minister made a point of mentioning that it was thanks to Durão Barroso’s diligences that Cape Verde ended up hosting the NATO Steadfast Jaguar military exercises last year, the first ever held by the military organization outside of one of its member states.,

The meeting between the two politicians took place one day alter the European Commission adopted a communiqué, which has already been sent to the Council of Europe and the European Parliament, and which is expected to be approved in order to officially establish a strategic partnership between the EU and Cape Verde.

“This is a very meaningful moment in the historic relationship between the European Union and Cape Verde,” stressed Durão Barroso.

According to the European Commission president, this partnership “will contribute toward the expansion of the area of security and stability in that region of the Atlantic.” “We want to give Cape Verde a strong political signal and treatment that acknowledges the country’s specificity.”

José Manuel Durão Barroso also highlighted the fact that, despite being located in Africa, Cape Verde is geographically closet o the Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands, all peripheral regions of Europe with which it maintains good economic and political relations.




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