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A geopolitical Commission and a new partnership with Africa

3 February 2020 4:30 pm
3 February 2020 7:00 pm

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The Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the European Union and ECDPM are hosting a debate on ‘The Geopolitical Ambitions of the Commission: a New Partnership with Africa’.

The discussion will focus on the Commission’s plans for a different kind of partnership between the EU and Africa as a litmus test for its ambition to be more geopolitical in its policies. What does this mean for the EU-AU relationship; how does this affect the EU’s development policies; how can, for example, the Green Deal be taken on board and what should be the role of the private sector?

The discussion will be followed by an informal reception.

Dutch Permanent Representative to the EU, Robert de Groot, will make opening remarks.

ECDPM Director, Carl Michiels, will facilitate a discussion among the following panellists:

Sandra Kramer, Director of EU-AU relations, West and East Africa, DG International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO), European Commission
Koen Vervaeke, Managing Director for Africa, European External Action Service (EEAS)
Bernedine Bos – Director Business Transformation, CSR Europe


ECDPM brief: Mission possible? The Geopolitical Commission and the partnership with Africa


To register for this event, please fill in this form by 28 January.

As seats are limited, registration is on a first come first served basis.

Further information

For further information on this event, please contact Sabine Mertens (

Photo courtesy of Jan Van de Vel, European Union 2019 via European Parliament.


Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the European Union
Avenue de Cortenbergh 4-10