2016: EU has worked for reinforcing energy, security cooperation with Algeria

January 3rd, 2017

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APS : Saturday, 31 December 2016

BRUSSELS (Belgium)- Algeria has proved to be a “key partner” of the European Union (EU) in the energy field, but also in terms of security, two areas in the centre of the Union’s policy to strengthen and develop opportunities for bilateral cooperation.
This is illustrated by last May’s visit of two European Commissioners to Algiers for “an exchange of views on common-interest regional issues, in particular those related to the security and stability of the neighbourhood,” as well as for the “development of a strategic partnership “in the field of energy.
“Algeria has proved to be a reliable partner when it comes to security and energy,” said a report from the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) adopted by the 28 Member States’ foreign ministers at their meeting in October.
Moreover, “negotiations on the new priorities of the partnership” between the EU and Algeria were conducted this year, reveals this document entitled “CFSP Report – Our priorities in 2016.”
As part of the revised EU Neighbourhood Policy, the EU has launched in 2016 a new phase of dialogue with the Countries of the Southern Neighbourhood in order to establish a “more efficient” partnership.
Algeria, which “actively” participated in the process of revising the ENP, expressed during the visit to the European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, “its satisfaction” with the dealing with its proposals to ensure a better co-ownership of the cooperation actions, part of the revised ENP.
At the 6th meeting of the Algeria / EU Association Committee held in Algiers, two complementary joint documents were finalized and adopted. The first one sets out an assessment of the Association Agreement and the second encompasses the common priorities for the revised European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) as part of the strengthening of the overall relations between Algeria and EU.
The EU has also launched dialogues on combating terrorism with partner countries, including Algeria, and proposes, within the framework of the ENP review, measures to enhance the resilience of partners to threats, for example In the fight against the terrorist threat, the prevention of radicalization and support for security sector reform and border management.