Africa - EU

Africa-European Union (EU) Partnership

            The Africa-EU partnership is a traditional form of partnership, which has gestated over a long period of time. Institutionally, it began with the first Africa-EU Summit in Cairo, Egypt, in 2000, followed by the 2nd Summit that took place in Lisbon, Portugal, in December 2007, which adopted an Africa-EU Joint Strategy (JAES) and its Action Plan. The third AU-EU Summit was held in Tripoli, Libya, in November 2010.


            The JAES reflected the wider processes of integration in both continents as well as geopolitical changes occurring in the wider international landscape, particularly, the challenges of globalization. Significantly, this partnership is one of the most productive and has produced concrete outcomes in the areas of peace and security; democratic governance and human rights; trade; migration, mobility and employment; climate change, as well as regional integration and infrastructure.

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