At the beginning of the 2019 – 2024 term, I was appointed as a member of the European Parliament’s delegation for relations with South Africa. South Africa is an important partner for the European Union and through our work on this delegation, we maintain a solid and contstructive Parliamentary dialogue, adding an additional dimension to the EU-South Africa Strategic Partnership.
The work of our delegation promotes the importance of our shared values with South Africa, and advocates for the needed reforms which are needed to address key challenges such as climate change, disease, inequality, and poverty. By working together, South Africa and the EU are united in setting standards, enacting reforms, and reinforcing important global institutions.
South Africa is the EU’s largest trading partner in Africa. It is a member of the African Caribbean Pacific group of countries, and is by far the strongest of sub-Saharan Africa’s economies. South Africa’s exports to the EU are growing both in scale and diversity, as the country gradually moves from mainly commodity-based products to a more diversified export profile that includes manufactured products. South Africa’s primary exports to the EU are fuels and mining products, machinery and transport equipment, and other semi-manufactured goods, while the EU’s exports to South Africa are dominated by machinery and transport equipment, chemicals and other semi-machinery.