S&D MEPs Enrique Guerrero Salom, Marlene Mizzi and Pedro Silva Pereira embarked on a 2-day mission to Praia, Cape Verde, aiming at better understanding this peculiar example of good governance and democratic participation.
« Cape Verde is a particular case in Africa, with a peaceful democratic transition, a functional and peaceful multi-party system. This example is a hope for all those fighting for democracy around the world, Enrique Guerrero Salom MEP, GPF Co-Chair, Member of the EP Development Committee and of the EP Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, stated. It must be a source of inspiration, yet should not be considered as a one-size-fits-all democratic model, which could be exported to neighbouring West African countries.
The Cape Verdean democratic “success story” is very much rooted in its history and society, and particularly because of its insularity, its mixed culture, its important and influential diaspora, the crucial role women are playing in society and because its political parties are ideology-based.”
“The Socialists and Democrats Group has worked tirelessly to put Africa at the centre of the EP agenda, Marlene Mizzi MEP, Vice-Chair of the EP Petitions Committee and Member of the EP Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, explained. We want to change our paradigm of cooperation: not work for Africa, but with Africa. This has been a political priority for the S&D during this terms and I am glad we can strengthen our links with Cape Verdean progressives in that perspective.”
“Cape Verde is a very important partner for the European Union, Pedro Silva Pereira MEP, Vice-Chair of the EP Constitutional Affairs Committee and Member of the EP Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, added. Cape Verde - EU relations are very tight, framed by a very ambitious Special Partnership and by a Partnership for Mobility for which Cape Verde was chosen as a pilot State. Thanks to its geographical situation, close to Madeiras, Açores and Canarias, its history and its governance model, Cape Verde is a wonderful link between the European and African continents, which need to work hand-in-hand to face global challenges.”
During their mission, S&D MEPs took part in the FEPS Conference on “The political system and the exercise of democracy in Cabo Verde: an African case study”, organised in cooperation with IDP, FJJ and FES.
They had bilateral meetings with EU Ambassador Sofia Moreira de Sousa; Luis Filipe Tavares, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Communities; sister party PAICV Leader Janira Hopffer Almada; Speaker of Parliament Jorge Santos; Cape Verdean trade-union (UNTC-CS Secretary General Joaquina Almeida) and NGO (SOS Children’s Village National Director Dionisio Simoes Pereira).
They also visit tourism projects supported by EU grants in Cidade Velha and at the Fundaçao Amilcar Cabral.