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Making the Umbrella Scenario work: How to strengthen the Africa-EU relations in the context of a regionalised ACP-EU partnership?

14 November 2017 2:30 pm
14 November 2017 6:15 pm

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In September 2018, negotiations are due to start between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States on a successor agreement to the Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA) that will expire in 2020. This question is also linked to the future partnership between the EU and Africa that might also be addressed at the 5th AU-EU summit in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire at the end of November

EU institutions and the ACP Group of States tend to agree that the growing prominence of regional actors and institutions, including the African Union and RECs should be better reflected in future governance and institutional arrangements under the umbrella option. Discussions increasingly focus on how this scenario could be made to work in the light of the growing differentiation among ACP countries, the regionalisation dynamics, the 2030 Agenda and the evolving EU foreign policy and security concerns.

By organising an informal dialogue involving various key actors and stakeholders, the Estonian EU Presidency and ECDPM aim to help to clarify the way forward by focusing on:

  • how to effectively deepen Africa-EU partnership within the context of regionalised ACP-EU relations
  • how to give a clear purpose to a possible ACP-EU overarching ‘umbrella’ framework in EU-Africa relations – in respect of the principles of subsidiarity and complementarity

ECDPM’s Geert Laporte will moderate the seminar.

Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU
Rue Guimard 11, 1040 Brussels

In addition to structural support by ECDPM’s institutional partners: The Netherlands, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and Austria, this event also benefits from funding by UK aid from the Department for international Development (DFID), United Kingdom.

EU foreign and development policyACP Group of States