African Union holds out hope for a better future

PT       2002-07-09 
Tuesday July 9 2002 will be a date to be remembered in African History: African Union, the African pendant to the EU, will be born at a Summit in Durban, South Africa, according to NRK, Norway's Radio. The organisation imitates the Council of Europe with a Union Conference, meeting once a year, and the EU with an Executive Council of foreign ministers, meeting at least twice a year, an AU Commission with still more power than the EU Commission. An African parliament is also planned, but so far it will only have consultative powers.