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‘Making EU-Africa Relations Future-Proof’ – Special session of the ‘Fridays of the Commission’

How can EU-Africa relations move forward in 2014?


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A special session of the Fridays of the Commission on the theme: “Making EU – Africa Relations Future – proof’’ will take place on 28 February 2014.

The event, organised by the Department of Economic Affairs of the African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), comes at an important time, with the EU-Africa Summit only two months away in April.

This Fridays of the Commission will be an opportunity for people to look back at the successes and challenges of the partnership, and revisit strategic questions on the nature of EU-Africa relations.

The debate will focus on the achievements of the relationship since the Lisbon Treaty in 2007, contentious political issues such as the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the new and persisting challenges between the EU and Africa.

Faten Aggad, the Programme Manager Africa’s Change Dynamics at ECDPM: “Five years have passed since the Joint Africa-EU Strategy was launched in Lisbon. The realities of 2014 are different from those of 2008 and the Summit of April 2014 represents a golden opportunity to reposition the partnership in this new global context so that it can deliver on the expectations of both European and African partners”

The event will include an information fair at the side of the meeting to allow participants to learn about the different activities around Africa-EU relations.

The outcomes of the day will be published in the ‘Bulletin of the Friday of the Commission’ and disseminated to a wide audience for publicity including AU Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Universities and Development Partners among others.

AU PRC Members, AUC Staff, Members of the Diplomatic Corp in Ethiopia, UN Agency staff, Senior Students at the University of Addis Ababa, Academicians, Civil Society Organisations and indeed all interested parties are cordially invited to this special event.

The session will be conducted in French and English and will be facilitated by eminent speakers/discussants.

Notes for Editors

ECDPM is a non-partisan foundation, which aims to facilitate efforts to revitalise and deepen relations between Europe and Africa.

ECDPM has a collection of blogs on the issue of EU-Africa relations:

The EU-Africa Summit will take place in 2-3 April 2014 – it will continue talks on the on-going EU-Africa partnership, which was set up in the Joint Africa EU Strategy in 2007.

Contact: Esther Azaa Tankou, Directorate of Information and Communication, African Union Commission, Tel: +251 911361185, E-mail: or Emily Barker at or +32 474 12 34 73 for more information.

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