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Policy Brief : What Future for the Joint Africa-EU Strategy ?

Policy Brief n° 3
Africa Governance Institute
June 2013

What Future for the Joint Africa-EU Strategy ?
AGI Contribution at the African Consultative Meeting on the Future of the Africa-EU Partnership.

Policy Brief n° 3
Africa Governance Institute
June 2013

The Africa-EU dialogue, initiated in April 2000, matured into a partnership with the adoption of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) at the December 2007 Lisbon Summit. The joint strategy is the global framework for relations between the two continents. It has, in this respect, marked a change in their relations. Carved in the principles of African unity, interdependence between Africa and Europe, ownership and joint responsibility, the strategy was aimed at generating a new impetus in Africa-EU relations by going beyond aid to place emphasis on the political dimension of relations between the two parties.

b- The joint strategy comprises eight (8) partnership areas :
i) peace and security ;
ii) democratic governance and human rights ;
iii) trade, regional integration and infrastructure ;
iv) the millennium development goals (MDGs) ;
v) energy ;
vi) climate change ;
vii) migration, mobility and employment ; and
viii) science, knowledge societies and space.

Successive action plans have been developed for the implementation of the joint partnership strategy : the first was adopted at the Lisbon Summit, and the second at the 3rd Africa-EU Summit in Tripoli, Libya in November 2010.

c- Five years after adopting the JAES in 2007, as we prepare for the upcoming 4th Africa-EU Summit scheduled to take place in early April 2014 in Belgium, it is time for the two parties to reflect thoroughly together on where their partnership stands today, its content and value added, its implementation - including the challenges associated with financing and stakeholder engagement, its relevance to Africa’s current realities and priorities, and its future as a whole. With this in mind, the African Union Commission and European Union Commission, at the end of their 6th joint meeting held on 25 and 26 April 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, decided to convene a joint retrospective and prospective consultative session on the Africa-EU partnership on 20 and 21 June 2013.

This paper attempts to contribute ideas to Africa’s consultative session on this matter. It is intended to provide input to the discussions with our European partners.


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