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Making EU-Africa Relations Future-Proof

28 February 2014

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Organisers: African Union Commission, ECDPM

The Department of Economic Affairs of the African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) organised a special session of the Fridays of the Commission under the theme: “Making EU – Africa Relations Future – proof’’.

This is an optimal time for all interested stakeholders to take part and look back at the successes and failures of the attempts to launch a strategic partnership; to revisit some strategic questions on the nature of the partnership and hence stimulate an open debate on these issues. The session was conducted in French and English and was facilitated by eminent speakers/discussants and discussed important topics including:

  • What progress, tangible and intangible, has been achieved in EU-Africa relations since 2000 and especially after the Lisbon Summit in 2007?
  • Improving political dialogue to address contentious issues: The case of the International Criminal Court (ICC)?
  • What are the new and persisting challenges in the partnership between the EU and Africa?
  • What should be the key elements that would ensure the relevance of the partnership in future?




Headquarters of the Commission of African Union
Addis Ababa

African institutions and regional dynamicsEuropean external affairsAfrica-EU Dialogue on Governance for DevelopmentAfrica-EU RelationsAfricaEurope