Making policies work
  • Commentary

    Beyond Brussels and Addis Ababa: How to make the AU-EU partnership work

  • Commentary

    The EU-AU Summit: Geopolitics, a pandemic and a partnership that struggles to thrive

  • Commentary

    Breaking down the EU-AU Summit

  • Commentary

    EU countries should reallocate a share of their special drawing rights as a strong commitment at the EU-AU Summit

  • Publication

    AU-EU cooperation on climate and energy: In search of a common narrative

  • Commentary

    The EU-AU Summit: From diplomatic success to a more balanced investment partnership

  • Commentary

    After the EU-AU Summit: Inching towards just transition in Africa

  • Commentary

    Why migration and mobility should – but probably won't – be at the heart of the EU-AU Summit

The AU and the EU have committed to building a different kind of partnership and moving beyond traditional North-South cooperation, but more so on paper than in practice. Our AU-EU relations team will explore how both parties can create a mutually beneficial and interest-driven partnership – in times of COVID-19 and beyond.


Our work


Topics we look at include:

  • The institutional set-ups of the AU and the EU
  • Summits, strategies and dialogues relating to the partnership
  • Common and diverging African and European priorities – with a focus on green and digital transition, sustainable growth and jobs, peace and security, health, governance, and migration and mobility
  • The OACPS-EU partnership agreement and how it complements or competes with the AU-EU partnership

More information


The AU-EU relations workstream is part of the ‘Europe and Africa in the world’ cluster.

For more information about our work, get in touch with Philomena Apiko or have a look at ECDPM’s 2022-2023 work plan.

You can find an overview of all work on AU-EU relations in our dossier.