By J. Mangala

The adoption of the Joint Africa-EU procedure (JAES) in 2007 was once a watershed second in Africa-EU family members, person who sought to 'reinvent' a historic dating to satisfy the demanding situations posed by way of advanced interdependencies, increasing globalization, and growing to be festival, all framed by means of the slow dislocation of the West because the epicenter of global politics. 5 years into its implementation, this publication deals an intensive and primary entire research of the JAES, the main complex kind of interregionalism noticeable to this point.

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The second framework was launched under the former Barcelona process, which established the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EMP) aimed at defining Europe’s relations with countries around the Mediterranean basin, of which Northern African countries are a part. The EMP is now part of a larger policy framework, the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) which deals with all Europe’s immediate neighbors. The EMP was transformed into the Union for the Mediterranean in 2008. Northern African countries and the EU are thus engaged through a set of specific policies pertaining to neighborhood’s priorities and concerns, such as immigration and cross-border security issues.

Unlike the AU Permanent Mission which has been primarily faced with capability constraints, African and EU representative institutions had to purposely assert themselves into the JAES institutional landscape. Representative Institutions The participation of African and EU representative institutions—chief among them the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) and the European Parliament (EP)—in the implementation and monitoring structures of the JAES has been slow to manifest itself, thus raising the question of democratic deficit of the whole process.

50 This concern as well as the willingness to be actively involved in the implementation process—in particular in the peace and security, democratic governance and human rights, MDGs, and trade and regional integration partnerships—was jointly conveyed by the two institutions to the EC and the AUC. 51 Although the participation of the two parliaments is no longer in question as a result of these exchanges with the AUC and the EC, the contours of their role in the institutional process has not been clearly defined and their actual involvement seems uneven and varies greatly across partnerships and implementation structures.

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