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ETTG-UNDP Agenda setting event on the EU-AU Partnership

9 March 2020 8:00 am
10 March 2020 5:00 pm

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The European Think Tanks Group (ETTG) and UNDP Africa, in close cooperation with leading African think tanks, organise a two-day seminar in Addis Ababa. The participants of this event is a select and mixed group of some 25-30 changemakers from leading think tanks and research organisations in both continents. They were invited to bring a strategic perspective to the table and to contribute in frank and interactive discussions to defining an attractive, concrete and policy-relevant agenda.

The event aims to identify and discuss possible convergence and divergence between Europe and Africa in key areas of the partnership. This should contribute to an open and well-informed Summit preparatory process with fresh ideas on how to build bridges between European and African perspectives and agendas.


More than two years have passed since the last African Union-European Union Summit in Abidjan. Ahead of the next 6th AU-EU Summit that will take place at the end of October 2020 in Brussels, it is now time to take stock of progress so far and to identify the key challenges for the future.

The new ‘geopolitical’ European Commission of Ursula von der Leyen and the new President of the European Council Charles Michel, during recent visits to the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, emphasised the importance of a new ‘partnership of equals’ based on respect, optimism and confidence. Also, African leaders repeatedly expressed the need to work towards a more balanced and mutually beneficial political partnership beyond the asymmetric donor-recipient relationship of the past. The quest for a mutually reinforcing partnership is occurring within the context of growing momentum on the AU reform and integration agenda. The reform of the African Union Commission, the adoption of the AfCFTA and the momentum on the African Union passport is evidence of progress within Africa.

The discussions in the seminar revolve around key areas of mutual importance for the current EU-Africa partnership, including sustainable economic transformation, trade and inclusive growth, climate change, environment, energy and natural resource management, migration and mobility, governance, and peace and security.

ECDPM’s Alfonso Medinilla and Chloe Teevan, who recently published a paper on the new EU-Africa partnership, will contribute to the meeting.

For further information about the event, please visit the ETTG website.

Some tweets from the workshop


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