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EU delegation in Cairo

EU delegation in Cairo | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The delegation is discussing progress made on deals struck last November for financial assistance to Egypt

The European Union (EU) Special Representative to the Southern Mediterranean Region Bernardino León is currently in Cairo holding talks with various political parties and government officials.

The meeting is a follow-up to the EU-Egypt Task Force meeting held last November. The task force was established by the EU in cooperation with President Mohamed Morsi during his visit to Brussels last year. (Daily News Egypt)

 

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'You can't turn Egypt into a democracy overnight' (interview with Jan Techau,Director of think-tank Carnegie Europe )

'You can't turn Egypt into a democracy overnight' (interview with Jan Techau,Director of think-tank Carnegie Europe ) | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Europeans can do little to help end violence in Egypt, says political analyst Jan Techau. But Mohammed Morsi will not want to create facts on the ground that would make a partnership with the EU impossible. (...)

 

Jan Techau: I think there's huge concern on behalf of the Europeans that this entire transition process can get out of hand and go in a distinctively wrong direction. There are lots of indicators that this may already be the case. But here in Brussels, the focus is on balance-thinking. Obviously the situation is not ideal, and obviously many people are greatly disappointed in Mohammed Morsi and in the way he's conducted affairs.

On the other hand, people here are quite realistic that you can't turn Egypt into a democracy overnight - after so many years of autocratic rule. So people are willing to cut the Egyptians some slack. They also understand the value of order that needs to be restored. But they're watching the situation very keenly in a very concerned way. (...)

 

A key role is played by the EU delegation, which is now an embassy really, that reports from Egypt and delivers an independent assessment of what's happening. All of this is currently being looked at. But the situation in Egypt is volatile and in flux. It's been difficult to exercise influence over Egypt after the end of Mubarak, and it's getting even more difficult now. (...)

 

The question is: What do you mean by involvement? The way the EU and the Europeans per se can influence the situation on the ground is very limited. One of the hallmarks of this revolutionary movement that brought Mohammed Morsi to power is that the people want their own decisions. They don't have an interest in getting outside powers involved very deeply. They're interested in trade; they're interested in development in the widest sense. Investment and agreements of that kind have been made between the Egyptians and the EU just recently. But the political influence you can have on the ground is very limited. Obviously, there's no military option.

 

In a situation of crisis, in particular, where the news is coming out on a minute by minute basis, it's very difficult to exercise a calming influence. In the end, Mohammed Morsi needs to manage the crisis in a way that leaves the door open to afterwards still talk to the Europeans, and not create facts on the ground that make him an impossible partner. I think the ball is very much in his court at the moment.(...)

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I think the ball is mostly in Mohammed Morsi's court. The key in the kind of offer that Mohammed Morsi made is that he means it. It's important that he actually gives a real opening to these forces and does not just create some kind of a fig leaf, some kind of a token meeting that in the end is only there to calm down the masses.

 

Mohammed Morsi has not fully understood that the political situation in Egypt has changed in a way that you can't just restore autocratic rule under a different label, under the Muslim Brotherhood label. The situation has changed because of the revolution. More inclusion is needed. All kinds of people now have a voice. All of these people have to have a say. You will not get social peace in Egypt if you still think that you can talk to the people and it doesn't mean anything. This is the kind of learning curve that Mohammed Morsi is experiencing at the moment. The question is: How flexible can he be? Does he have it in himself to embrace the situation? Will his political allies let him? Ultimately only the Egyptians can answer these questions. Not us. (...)

 

Their [US & EU] influence is limited. The Europeans have a big economic force behind them. They have trade issues that the Egyptians are extremely interested in. The Europeans are also very strong at tourism and other factors, which the Egyptians bitterly need. That gives the Europeans some leverage. But that's more long-term political leverage than it is immediate crisis management leverage.

 

I don't think that any European leader can have much of an influence at this point. Nobody can pick up the phone and tell Mohammed Morsi how to do it. I think we can only take a long-term perspective. That is the trickiness of the issue: 95 percent of foreign policy consists of managing of things that happen on a daily basis. Only 5 percent is long-term. That's why much of the long-term outcome depends on crisis situations like this. So the immediate influence is very limited. The same goes for the Americans, who have a very strong military cooperation with Egypt. There, it's even more difficult to exercise influence because the role of the military in all of this is reduced. Mohammed Morsi is less dependent on them than Egypt's previous rulers were. He has his own mandate.

 

So my feeling is that the Americans - just like the Europeans - are hoping that this crisis can get resolved in a somewhat decent way. And then, they hope, the more long-term political process can start again, in which we have a stronger influence and can play out the cards that we have. (...)

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Égypte: l'UE appelle au calme

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La représentante de la diplomatie de l'Union européenne, Catherine Ashton, a exprimé sa "grande inquiétude" après les heurts dans la ville égyptienne de Port-Saïd, qui ont fait au moins 30 tués et plus de 300 blessés, et a lancé un appel au calme et à la retenue.

"C'est avec une grande inquiétude que Mme Ashton a pris connaissance des violents heurts à Port-Saïd qui ont fait plusieurs morts", a déclaré son porte-parole dans un communiqué. Mme Ashton "exhorte les autorités égyptiennes à restaurer le calme et l'ordre et appelle toutes les parties à la retenue, pour le meilleur intérêt du pays en cette période délicate de sa transition démocratique", a conclu le communiqué.

Les violences ont débuté ce samedi à Port-Saïd (nord-est) quelques minutes après la condamnation à la peine capitale de 21 supporteurs du club local d'Al-Masry pour leur implication dans la mort de 74 personnes après un match en février 2012 contre le grand club cairote d'Al-Ahly.
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EU to offer Egypt €6.5 billion in grants, soft loans

EU to offer Egypt €6.5 billion in grants, soft loans | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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The European Union (EU) will offer Egypt more than 6.5 billion euros in the form of grants and soft loans with long grace periods, the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce said on Thursday.

This comes in conjunction with the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) deal.

President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy has said these funds will be given to Egypt during the 2012/2013 fiscal year, the federation said in a statement reported by the state-owned news agency MENA.

These funds were agreed upon during the EU-Egyptian action plan that was held in Cairo on 12-13 November 2012 to back the democratic transition process.

Rompuy pointed to the importance of creating trust among all sides to find a way out of the current economic crisis that is aggravating due to the opacity of the political situation, adding that the economy should be given the same amount of attention given to politics.

The economic reform programme in Egypt is being negotiated with the IMF, Rompuy said.

Procrastination is not the best solution because the IMF deal will restore confidence in the Egyptian economy and provide the necessary funding for economic and social revival, he added.

The EU is the top trade, tourism, and investment partner to Egypt since it provides more than 80 percent of direct foreign investments in Egypt, head of the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce Ahmed al-Wakeel said. (Aswat Masriya)

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Van Rompuy : malgré les profondes réformes mises en place, le processus de transition est loin d’être terminé en Égypte

Van Rompuy : malgré les profondes réformes mises en place, le processus de transition est loin d’être terminé en Égypte | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
L’Égypte a mis en œuvre de profondes réformes au cours de ces derniers mois, mais il lui reste un long chemin à parcourir pour que tous ses citoyens bénéficient de la transition. C’est ce qu’a déclaré hier le président du Conseil européen Herman Van Rompuy, à l’issue d’un entretien avec le président égyptien Mohamed Morsi, au Caire. M. Van Rompuy a notamment réitéré le soutien de l’UE à l’Égypte sur la voie de la transition et de la consolidation démocratiques.    
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Le président du Conseil européen a déclaré : « Je suis venu au Caire avec un message très simple. Deux ans après le début de la profonde transformation dans le monde arabe, un nouveau chapitre s’est ouvert en Égypte et les Européens souhaitent voir triompher la nouvelle Égypte démocratique. » « Vous êtes un acteur clé de la communauté internationale, un pays qui compte plus de 80 millions d’habitants et qui joue un rôle majeur dans la région. L’impact des changements en Égypte dépasse donc les frontières de votre pays. Et de fait, votre pays a connu de profondes réformes au cours de ces derniers mois, » a déclaré Herman Van Rompuy.   Il a expliqué avoir évoqué avec le président Morsi ces questions, « mais aussi les événements préoccupants de ces dernières semaines qui ont débouché à l’adoption anticipée de la nouvelle constitution, par voie de référendum. »  Pour parvenir à ces réelles avancées sur la voie d’une démocratie profonde et durable, il était essentiel de parvenir à un consensus et d’instaurer un dialogue inclusif entre toutes les parties concernées, a indiqué Herman Van Rompuy.      Face à la situation économique du pays, il était essentiel de restaurer la confiance politique a-t-il ajouté : «la stabilité politique et un cadre législatif clair sont essentiels pour faire revenir les investisseurs, les partenaires commerciaux et les touristes. ». Le président du Conseil a également rappelé les réformes économiques en suspens, indiquant qu’un accord avec le FMI permettrait le déploiement de nouvelles lignes de crédit tout en contribuant à restaurer la confiance des investisseurs internationaux et des partenaires économiques.  Le président Van Rompuy a réitéré le soutien de l’UE à la transition démocratique en Égypte et a indiqué que la task force UE-Égypte réunie au Caire en novembre dernier avait ouvert une nouvelle ère dans leurs relations. L’UE et ses institutions financières ont en effet dégagé plus de 5 milliards d’euros sous forme de dons, de prêts conditionnels et de prêts pour la période 2012-2013 en vue de soutenir la transition démocratique en Égypte.      
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Rompuy: IMF deal will help Egypt's ailing economy

Rompuy: IMF deal will help Egypt's ailing economy | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

A senior EU official urged Egypt yesterday to conclude its talks with the International Monetary Fund on a $4.8 billion loan agreement, saying the deal would help restore international confidence in its wrecked economy.
Already struggling after two years of unrest following Egypt's 2011 revolution, the economy has been hit by a new bout of turmoil in recent weeks, with tensions over a new constitution damaging people's confidence in the government.
Economists now fear Egypt is running out of foreign currency reserves too fast, making the IMF deal vital to stabilizing its finances. Egypt has already spent more than $20 billion over the past two years to defend its currency.
"An agreement with the IMF will open the door to further lines of credit and will help reestablish the confidence of international investors and economic partners," European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said on a visit to Cairo.
"I welcome therefore the fact that important discussions with the IMF are continuing," he said after talks with Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi.
Egypt won preliminary approval from the IMF in November but subsequent turmoil forced the government to delay a series of bitterly unpopular austerity measures deemed necessary to win the IMF board's final approval.
On Dec. 29 its central bank alarmed investors when it said its foreign reserves had reached a "minimum and critical limit".
Adding to pressure on the Egyptian pound, violent protests in late November and early December set off a rush to convert the local currency into dollars, sending the pound to record lows on fears of a messy devaluation.
Importers have also warned that the weakening currency and uncertainty about how low it can go could lead to sharp rises in the prices of imports - a decisive factor for a desert country which depends on food imports.

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Raillée, l’aide au développement européenne ?

Raillée, l’aide au développement européenne ? | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

L’exemple du métro du Caire, fierté égyptienne et réussite européenne 

 

 

A la station Sadate, le métro arrive. Comme tout au long des 65 km de ligne de métro du Caire, on rencontre souvent parmi les 2 millions de passagers journaliers, des couples de jeunes gens venus trouver l’intimité que la rue leur refuse.

Sous le bitume, c’est tout un pan de la vie cairote qui paraît demeurer en suspens. Les soirs de manifestations, on n’entend dans la station que de vagues échos. Pendant les élections présidentielles des mois de mai et de juin 2012, il fallait franchir le barrage dressé par les Frères Musulmans à la sortie de la station Sadate pour regagner à nouveau l’air « libre » et la foule de la place Tahrir.

Ce monde souterrain n’en reste pas moins l’un des reflets de l’Egypte. Le métro du Caire, ce sont les wagons réservés aux femmes, les jeunes gens qui s’effacent systématiquement pour laisser s’asseoir les « anciens », les marchands ambulants vendant des journaux et des tubes de colle, et enfin, toute l’actualité politique égyptienne et régionale qui surgit parfois à renfort de cris et de gestes.

Pourtant, si le métro est bien ancré dans la vie quotidienne du Caire, il raconte aussi une autre histoire, celle de la coopération européenne.

 

En effet, le métro du Caire résulte d’une coordination entamée dans les années 1980 entre la France et l’Egypte, et qui permit d’apporter le soutien technique et financier à la réalisation des deux lignes existantes

 

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Le FSN appelle à des pressions économiques internationales sur l'Egypte

Le FSN appelle à des pressions économiques internationales sur l'Egypte | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Selon certaines sources, une réunion entre le Front du Salut National (FSN), (représenté par Mohamed el Baradei (El Dostour), Hamdein Sabahi (El Tayar el Sha’abi), Amre Moussa (El Mo’tamar) et El Sayed el Badawi (el Wafd)) et le Président du Parlement Européen Martin Schulz, aura lieu dimanche prochain dans un grand hôtel égyptien.  

 

Cette réunion abordera la situation politique « tendue » entre le FSN et les FM, les célébrations du 2ème anniversaire de la Révolution, les raisons de leur déclinaison de l’invitation faite par Morsi pour un dialogue national, ainsi que l’avenir du processus politique et l’expérience démocratique.

 

Les membres du FSN demanderont également au côté européen de « brandir » la menace de suspendre les aides économiques européennes, afin de limiter toutes aspirations autoritaires du président Morsi et la volonté des FM de dominer et contrôler la scène politique en excluant les autres partis. Cette dérive semblait évidente avec le passage de la Constitution malgré l’absence de consensus national

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Conseil des « Affaires étrangères » de l'UE : les discussions sur le voisinage méridional axées sur la Syrie et l'Égypte

Conseil des « Affaires étrangères » de l'UE : les discussions sur le voisinage méridional axées sur la Syrie et l'Égypte | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

La Haute Représentante de l'UE pour les affaires étrangères et la politique de sécurité, Catherine Ashton, a déclaré à l'issue du Conseil des affaires étrangères de l'UE, réuni hier,qu'elleavait invité l'envoyé spécial pour la Syrie, Lakhdar Brahimi, au prochain Conseil des affaires étrangères, qui aura lieu le 18 février, et que l'UE surveillait de près les événements en Égypte et restait en contact permanent avec le gouvernement et l'opposition.

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« J'ai invité l'envoyé spécial pour la Syrie, Lakhdar Brahimi, au prochain Conseil des « Affaires étrangères » du 18 février. Notre objectif est de soutenir autant que possible ses efforts et de trouver une solution politique à cette terrible crise.  Nous nous engageons activement auprès de l'opposition. Nous les encourageons à continuer à développer leurs structures internes tout en restant attachés aux principes de l'inclusion, des droits de l'homme et de l'État de droit. La situation empire clairement et le niveau de violence est inacceptable », a déclaré Mme Ashton. En ce qui concerne l'aspect humanitaire de la crise, la chef de la diplomatie européenne a indiqué :« Même si nous faisons tout ce qui est en notre pouvoir pour trouver, avec nos partenaires internationaux, une solution politique à la crise, nous allons continuer à aider la population syrienne autant que possible. Nous sommes le premier bailleur de fonds pour l'aide humanitaire à la crise en Syrie. L'UE a déjà dégagé 358 millions d'euros pour aider les Syriens dans leur pays et à l'étranger. Cela a encore été confirmé hier à la conférence humanitaire du Koweït.  Nous allons poursuivre notre travail et approfondir encore davantage ces questions le 18 février. » En ce qui concerne la situation en Égypte, Mme Ashton a réaffirmé le soutien de l'UE à la transition démocratique : « Nous soulignons que le dialogue inclusif est important pour l'avenir du pays et nous engageons à faire tout notre possible pour soutenir la transition démocratique et contribuer à la reprise économique, qui est essentielle aux progrès politiques. Nous devons rester mobilisés. Les récents débordements de violence que nous avons observés à Port Saïd sont inquiétants et soulignent la nécessité d'un dialogue politique renforcé et inclusif entre tous les groupes de la société. À cet égard, les derniers signaux de l'opposition sont les bienvenus. » (EU Neighbourhood Info) 
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EU, Britain and ANHRI condemn escalation of violence

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Britain and the European Union denounced the violence that followed the Port Said massacre verdict which sentenced 21 people to death on Saturday.

Britain strongly condemned the violence, calling for maximum restraint after at least 30 people were killed in Port Said. British foreign office minister Alistair Burt expressed his concern, saying the violence “cannot help the process of dialogue which we encourage as vital for Egypt today, and we must condemn the violence in the strongest terms.”

He continued by offering condolences to the families of those who have died on behalf of the United Kingdom. “We remain committed as a strong friend of Egypt and the Egyptian people to support the aim of strengthening true democracy,” Burt said.

“The right to peaceful freedom of expression and assembly is an essential part of this, but the violence we have seen [Saturday] can have no place in a truly democratic Egypt.”

The European Union’s high representative Catherine Ashton also condemned Saturday’s violence, saying it was “with great concern” that she had received the news. She urged Egyptian authorities to “restore calm,” and called on all sides to “show restraint in the best interest of the country at this delicate time in its democratic transition.”

The United States has yet to make a statement, however it is expected to be addressed in Monday’s daily press briefing.

In Egypt, the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) set up an operation room to monitor the events of Friday’s demonstrations. The operation room was set up to record violations against the rights of peaceful assembly and the freedom of expression and to provide the legal support to victims of such violations.

ANHRI’s research director Tamer Mowafy said their report, to be released on Monday, will focus on the events that took place in Suez, the excessive use of force during protests in Tahrir Square and around the country, as well as the arbitrary detainment of tens of protesters.

“The security forces are filing legal charges against many of these protesters, whose arrests have been mostly arbitrary,” Mowafy said. “Charges are being filed against people with no clear evidence to support it.”

Mowafy also said the report will determine the use of violence and vandalism by civilians against buildings and the police, but concluded saying: “the situation has been created by the authorities. (Daily News Egypt)

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Morsi and Brotherhood embark on pre-elections PR drive

Morsi and Brotherhood embark on pre-elections PR drive | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

With elections imminent, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood are keen to shore up their damaged image at home and abroad.

President Mohamed Morsi is planning a limited European tour late this month to France, once a strong ally of Egypt under ousted former president Hosni Mubarak, and to Germany.

 

The trip, according to presidential sources, has political and economic objectives. On the economic front, Morsi is hoping to prompt some enthusiasm in Paris and Berlin to direct more investment soon to Egypt, according to one source. Morsi is hoping also that these two large European countries can be reassured that Egypt is a safe and convenient destination for their respective tourists.


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“The president will make it crystal clear that all the rumours suggesting any form of hostility towards Western tourists or their habits and preferences are totally unfounded and that Egypt is as ready as ever to receive European tourists,” said one source. He added: “Generally speaking, tourists to Egypt — as to any other country — are sensitive to the social norms of their destinations and this needs no reminder, but we are not denying foreign visitors the right to go to the beaches or to eat or drink whatever they wish, as some have been claiming to deter tourists from visiting Egypt, and thus to negatively influence the economy.”

Such reassurances, aides hope, will not only help in promoting French and German tourism and investment in Egypt but will also help reverse the image of President Morsi and of the Muslim Brotherhood as reactionary Islamists who are taking Egypt backward.

The same presidential sources say they are well aware of the "rumour mills" operating in Europe, especially in the European Parliament, “giving a false portrait of President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.”

The sources add that they anticipate questions to be put to Morsi on the visit over the status of Copts and women, especially with view to the new constitution that has been labeled islamist by non-Islamist political forces in the country.

The president, sources say, will assert his “commitment to do justice to all Egyptians” irrespective of their gender or faith and would “promise” that “more steps” would be taken to include “more” women and Copts in top state management positions “on merit and on need.”

According to one source, Morsi would go as far as “assuring” that a legislative committee would work on certain articles of the constitution, adopted last month, which sparked concern amongst the political opposition.

In his pursuit of lifting his image and that of the Muslim Brotherhood during this limited European tour, Morsi will announce that Egypt will accept some foreign observers for the next parliamentary elections, according to one aide. However, as the same aide stated, the president would stop short of accepting a fully-fledged monitoring mission from the European Union. “This was rejected by the [Supreme Council of the Armed Forces] during the presidential elections because it was seen as an infringement on national sovereignty,” he said.

The administration and results of the next parliamentary elections, expected in the spring, is perceived to be one of the key image lifting tasks for the Muslim Brotherhood, on both the home and foreign fronts.

On the home front, the Muslim Brotherhood and its political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), is getting worried about the unmistakable decline in their approval rates, along with other Islamists, and the impact this might have on their prospects of maintaining a strong majority share of seats in parliament.

 More : http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/62789/Egypt/Politics-/Morsi-and-Brotherhood-embark-on-preelections-PR-dr.aspx
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Herman Van Rompuy à la jeunesse égyptienne : l'UE est de votre côté

Herman Van Rompuy à la jeunesse égyptienne : l'UE est de votre côté | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Le Président du Conseil européen, Herman Van Rompuy, a déclaré à un public de jeunes égyptiens que l'UE continuait à soutenir le changement démocratique en Égypte et qu'elle investissait dans la société civile égyptienne et, en particulier, dans les jeunes. Il s'exprimait à Alexandrie, lors d'un événement pour les jeunes organisé à la bibliothèque d'Alexandrie en coopération avec la Fondation Anna Lindh. 
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« L'UE investit dans la société civile égyptienne et, en particulier, dans les jeunes. Je tiens à saluer les activités de la Fondation Anna Lindh, qui commencera la mise en œuvre de son tout nouveau programme ‘Citoyens pour le dialogue’ en 2013 en vue de promouvoir le dialogue et l'échange entre les organisations de la société civile », a indiqué Herman Van Rompuy. Et d'ajouter : « L’éducation est au cœur du travail de l'Union européenne et j'espère que des programmes d'échange d'étudiants comme Euromed Jeunesse et Erasmus continueront sur leur lancée et aideront les étudiants égyptiens. »   Le Président du Conseil européen a souligné qu'il était capital de « restaurer le climat de confiance et de foi en ce processus de démocratisation. La principale responsabilité incombe bien sûr au gouvernement, mais les partis de l'opposition ont aussi le devoir de contribuer véritablement au consensus ». Il a également indiqué que « les prochaines élections législatives seront un test ». En ce qui concerne la situation économique dans le pays, le Président Van Rompuy a affirmé qu’il fallait encore progresser tant sur le plan politique qu'économique. « Nous ne pouvons et ne voulons donner de leçons à personne et chaque pays a son propre contexte. Mais nous savons que les problèmes structurels ne disparaissent pas par magie et que plus vite on s'y attaque, plus vite l'économie pourra reprendre et mieux faire face aux marchés financiers internationaux », a-t-il précisé. « Je ne suis pas ici pour prêcher la patience, même si la patience est parfois un allié puissant ; mais, au contraire, je vous encourage – par le dialogue – à rester vigilants et engagés dans la transition politique, en dépit du temps et des efforts qu'elle exige. La frustration et la désillusion ne doivent pas l’emporter sur l'espoir. L'avenir vous appartient. L'UE est de votre côté », a conclu le Président Van Rompuy. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
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EU: Guarantees of Egypt freedoms key to recovery

EU: Guarantees of Egypt freedoms key to recovery | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The EU president has told Egypt’s Islamist president that guarantees of freedoms of expression and religions are essential for attracting foreign investors and tourists. Herman van Rompuy added that genuine democracy can be achieved only through consensus and inclusiveness. He spoke after meeting Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi, who is facing an economic crisis brought on by two years of political turmoil.

Mursi is the first freely elected president, but the six months he has been in office have been defined by what his liberal and secular critics see as attempts by his fundamentalist Brotherhood to monopolize power and the hurried adoption of a constitution drafted by his Islamist allies and adopted by nearly 64 percent of the voters in a referendum, with a turnout of just 32 percent.

Rompuy earlier said that the European Union and other financial institutions had offered Egypt over 5 billion euros to support Egypt’s democratic transition.

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Aide de cinq milliards d'euros de l'UE à l'Egypte

Aide de cinq milliards d'euros de l'UE à l'Egypte | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

(Reuters, via Boursier.com) - L'Union européenne et d'autres institutions financières ont offert à l'Egypte des aides d'un montant de plus de cinq milliards d'euros pour faciliter la transition démocratique du pays, a annoncé dimanche le président du Conseil européen, Herman Van Rompuy.

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Harman Van Rompuy a exhorté les dirigeants égyptiens à rapidement conclure les négociations en cours avec le Fonds monétaire international sur l'octroi d'un prêt de 4,8 milliards de dollars.

"Un accord avec le FMI ouvrira la voie à d'autres lignes de crédit et contribuera à rétablir la confiance des investisseurs internationaux et des partenaires économiques", a-t-il dit après une rencontre avec le président égyptien Mohamed Morsi.

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EU photo competition captures ‘Women of New Egypt’

EU photo competition captures ‘Women of New Egypt’ | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The fifth photography competition organisedby the European Union’s delegation to Egypt concluded on Thursday with an awards ceremony for the top 12 photographs, attended by the head of the delegation, Ambassador James Moran.

The ceremony took place in Zamalek’s Marriott hotel, a former presidential palace, with multiple luxurious salons and ballrooms. The theme for this year was the role of women in Egypt and the title of the exhibition was Women of New Egypt.

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The ambassador presented the photographers with certificates while the top three images won prizes ranging from €1,000 in cash for first place, a Single-Lens Reflex Digital Camera for the runner-up, and an honourable mention for the third-placed photograph.

A new award titled the Mohamed Hassan award was created this year, in the memory of one of the winners of the first EU photography competition in Egypt. The award is presented for the photo with the best “journalistic skills.”

The remainder of the 30 photographs will be shown on the delegation’s website and will be exhibited around the city throughout this month.

The competition was open to anyone who is an amateur photographer in Egypt, a term the delegation defines as “photographers living in Egypt who do not receive a major part of their income from photography.”

The pictures focused on women’s roles in rebuilding Egypt and most took a special interest in the revolution and numerous protests that took place over the last two years. One of the images featured a woman, dressed colourfully, against a sea of central security forces, taken during the 18 days of the revolution.

Others like Marwa Morgan’s Optimistic featured a female friend and inspiration of the photographer, holding her hand up with the word “optimistic” and a smile drawn on it.

The images were said to have been judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit, with personal vision being taken into account by the jury, which included photography experts.

From teaching children to leading protests and screaming in anger over the revolution’s martyrs, the photographs captured the different roles women play in the changing Egyptian landscape. Though most images focused on the revolution itself, others displayed a different kind of impact that lies outside the political scene. Where some photographs focused on feminist concerns, others struck a more general, nationalist chord contributing to a diverse exhibition.

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Egypt: EU to Finance 'International Bridges' Project

For attracting more investments among states, an EU-backed international bridges project kicks off between one thousand European companies and their counterparts from Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia.

The project aims to create strategic alliances and give a boost to the tripartite cooperation among the three Middle East states. The first stage of this project will be launched on 7th through 8th February in the sectors of maritime and land transport, as well as storage and logistic services.

Ahmed El-Wakeel, the Chairman of the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce (FEDCOC), said that all business organization in Egypt will take part in the great project which will work for the national economy.

According to Al-Wakeel, the project will cover six sectors in Egypt in public sector companies, including ready-to-wear clothes, renewable energy, fishing, transport, logistics and storage and the commercial and franchise centers.

 

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