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Anjum Shabbir
9th March 2020
External Relations & Trade

New EU-Africa Strategy

At the end of February EU Law Live reported on the annual tenth meeting between the EU and the African Union, at which 20 Commissioners, the President of the European Commission, and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy were present.

At that time the Commission President promised to deliver a comprehensive Africa Strategy to be presented by early March, to open up a wider consultation process ahead of subsequent meetings.

A Joint Communication has been published today in which that comprehensive strategy has been proposed in the form of five partnerships:

  • A Partnership for the Green Transition and Energy Access
  • A Partnership for Digital Transformation
  • A Partnership for Sustainable Growth and Jobs
  • A Partnership for Peace, Security and Governance
  • A Partnership on Migration and Mobility

The Joint Communication states that ‘to benefit both continents, our partnership should be based on a clear understanding of our respective and mutual interests and responsibilities, reflecting the comprehensiveness and maturity of our relationship’. It is due to be endorsed at the European Union – African Union Summit in October 2020, after ongoing dialogue and another opportunity to have discussions in Rwanda in May.

Read the Commission’s press release here.


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