Africa-Europe relations: a balanced narrative and reality check project (2023)

Four think tanks, ACET, ECDPM, ISS and the Policy Center for the New South, are joining forces in an effort to enrich the AU-EU formal and informal policy dialogue and better connect Brussels and Addis-based policymakers with practical insights and substantial input.  

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    About the project

    This project, supported by the European Delegation to the African Union, wants:

    • To broaden the policy research community feeding into the AU-EU partnership, bringing in views beyond Brussels- and Addis-centric conversations as a ‘reality check’ to the policy discourse by integrating national-level expertise
    • To feed into the discussions around the EU-AU partnership in the selected policy areas, with a specific focus on: climate action and green transition, digitalisation, economic transformation and integration (through the AfCFTA), peace and security
    • To help ensure that future policies are based on a clear understanding of past successes and failures and to highlight the need for follow-up measures announced after each summit.

    On 25 January, the first expert workshop took place, bringing together a diverse group of experts from across Africa and Europe. The aim was to flesh out two important topics: a common agenda on just energy transition and how to implement the loss and damage funding arrangements. 

    In the afternoon, the European Union Delegation to the African Union, the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Addis Ababa and the Permanent Mission to the AU, together with the four think tanks, co-hosted a hybrid panel discussion to take stock of recent advances and continued challenges in Africa-Europe climate and energy diplomacy

    The event sought to identify ways in which the partnership can move forward from the 2022 EU-AU summit and COP27 and work together to deliver common agenda items at COP28.

    For questions related to ECDPM's involvement in the project, please contact Kathleen Van Hove. For communications and media enquiries, please get in touch with Isabell Wutz.

    AU-EU relations
    AU-EU relations
    African Union
    Climate adaptation
    Climate change and green transition
    Climate crisis
    Climate mitigation
    Climate, energy and food
    EU foreign and development policy
    EU foreign and development policy Energy transition
    European Union
    Geopolitics and development
    Institutional relations and partnerships
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