Franz Schausberger meets the Ivorian minister Amichia in Brussels:
In the debate on the neighbourhood and development policy of the EU with regard to Africa, Franz Schausberger stated that Europe has a special responsibility towards Africa due to its historical background (colonialism).
Above all, it is crucial that aid and support reach the regions and communities and cities in a concrete way. Therefore, cooperation and partnerships between European and African regions and cities are of particular importance. Targeted measures were intended primarily to counteract rural depopulation and migration to Europe.
Franz Schausberger with the Ivorian minister Francois Albert Amichia
François Albert Amichia is a member of the Democratic Party of Côte d’Ivoire – African Democratic Rally (PDCI-RDA). He was the mayor of Treichville and held the post of Ivorian sports minister and the minister of tourism. In 2002, he was held hostage in Bouaké in the center of the country during a rebellion, but released a few days later. He is also the president of the Union of cities and municipalities of Côte d’Ivoire (UVICOCI).