Mackie, J., El Fassi, S., Rocca, C., Grosse-Puppendahl, S. 2013. A question of leadership? Challenges for Africa-EU relations in 2014. (Policy and Management Insights 5). Maastricht : ECDPM.
2014 offers significant milestones for EU-Africa relations with the last push on achieving some of the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the post-2015 framework debate and the 4th Africa-EU Summit
If 2014 is to be a year to reap fruitful and sustainable EU-Africa relations, it is reliant on strong leadership in both continents
For many observers of Africa-EU relations, the focus of 2014 might well be the last concerted efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as the preparation of a new post-2015 international development framework. But 2014 is also the year of the 4th Africa-EU Summit, a once in three years opportunity for high-level political dialogue that neither continent can really afford to miss.
Key purpose of ECDPM study
ECDPM’s 2014 Challenges Paper pinpoints challenges for Africa-EU relations in several areas: EU institutions and development cooperation; cooperation on key issues such as food security, peace and security and migration; and economic concerns including regional integration. The paper then looks at the AU-EU partnership of the future and considers the post-2015 development framework. It concludes by suggesting three priority items for the agenda of the 4th Summit.
Key findings of ECDPM
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