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Launch of ECDPM’s Challenges Paper 2019: ‘Continental drifts in a multipolar world’

29 January 2019 4:30 pm
29 January 2019 7:00 pm

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The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) and the Permanent Representation of Finland to the EU have the pleasure of inviting you to the launch of ECDPM’s 2019 Challenges Paper on Africa-Europe relations.

The year 2019 will see several important processes unfold in Europe and in Africa. These ongoing institutional and political processes will influence the ability of the African Union and the European Union to work together on issues of common concern. Yet, integration and disintegration forces are active on both continents and will also have a strong bearing on the partnership. Will Africa be able to achieve greater unity, institutional reform and political clout in 2019? Will the future EU-ACP partnership push or hinder the aspiration of a partnership of equals between Europe and Africa? And how will Brexit and the negotiations for the next EU long-term budget affect cohesion in Europe and relations with Africa?


The discussion will address these and other questions with a focus on the challenges and opportunities to revamp the Africa-EU partnership in 2019.

16:30 – 16:35
Opening remarks by Hanna Lehtinen, PSC Ambassador of Finland

16:35 – 16:40
Introduction by Alexei Jones, ECDPM, co-author of the Challenges Paper

16:40 – 17:30

Panel discussion. Speakers include:

  • Patrick Develtere, Principal Adviser European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC)
  • Tanya Cox, Director of CONCORD
  • Jakkie Cilliers, Head of African Futures & Innovation, Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria
  • Lidet Tadesse, Policy Officer at ECDPM and co-author of the Challenges Paper

ECDPM Deputy Director Geert Laporte will moderate the discussion.

17:30 – 18:00

Drinks and appetisers to celebrate the New Year


To register for this event, please fill in this form before 24 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 (

Download ECDPM’s Challenges Paper 2019

To download and read the publication, please click on the image below. 

If you wish to know more about ECDPM’s Challenges Paper, visit our dossier page:


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Cross-cutting TopicsAfrica-EU RelationsAfricaEurope