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The 3rd Session of the Zimbabwe-European Union (EU) Article 8 Political Dialogue will be held on Thursday 10 June 2021, at the Golden Confer avenue in Harare.

In 2019, Zimbabwe and the EU launched a formal dialogue process based on Article 8 of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement which governs relations between member states of the African-Carribean-Pacific regions and the European bloc.

Speaking after the launch, EU Ambassador to Zimbabwe Timo Olkkonen expressed satisfaction over the Zimbabwe government’s “seriousness” in its reform agenda but said the bloc was worried by continued State victimisation of civil society activists.

However, years down the line, the so-called new Republic stands accused of dragging feet on a number of reforms.

The President Emmerson Mnangagwa led administration is allegedly dragging feet in implementing political, economic and media reforms.