EU-Africa

20-04-2021

EU set to send election observers to Ethiopia despite Tigray conflict

The European Union is set to send an election observation mission to monitor Ethiopia’s elections in June, the EU’s chief diplomat said on Monday (19 April), despite the ongoing war in the country’s northern Tigray province.
16-04-2021

Successor to EU-Africa Cotonou treaty marks ‘turning point’, says EU

The EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific Community on Thursday (15 April) finalised the successor to the Cotonou agreement, bringing a close to two and a half years of negotiations and repeated delays.
Climate change 15-04-2021

Africa seeks Europe’s support to invest in ecological transition

Africa is the continent that contributes least to climate change, yet it is impacted more harshly than others and lacks support to innovate, says the Portuguese presidency of the EU Council, which organised an EU-Africa Green Talk in Paris on Tuesday (13 April).
14-04-2021

Africa and Europe: Like-minded partners

Trade and Investment will play a critical role in the COVID recovery and has the potential to concretise the EU’s ambitions to deepen EU-Africa partnerships, write Barry Andrews, Soraya Rodriguez, and Charles Goerens. Barry Andrews, an MEP with Renew Europe,...
Development Policy 13-04-2021

EU aid spending surges amid COVID pandemic

Development aid from the EU increased by more than 25% last year as funding for programmes to combat COVID-19 and support poorer countries surged, according to data published by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development on Tuesday (13 April).
Digital & Media 13-04-2021

Why the EU should pay attention to Africa’s tech sector

As the EU defines its priorities for an EU-Africa partnership, Africa's burgeoning tech sector is an obvious starting point for collaboration, argues Dan Dalton.
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01-04-2021

The EU in Africa: will Member States follow the lead?

2021 could prove to be a special year for Euro-African relations. Since last year’s agenda was essentially postponed, a lot is now on the table: a proposed new partnership, a EU-AU leaders’ summit, and the finalization of the post-Cotonou agreement....
30-03-2021

Spain presents new EU-Africa development strategy

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has said his country has aspirations to help create a new EU development strategy in Africa, EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.  
26-03-2021

Healthcare should be at heart of EU-Africa partnership, say MEPs

EU-Africa relations should prioritise healthcare as part of a new partnership of equals, EU lawmakers said as they set out their priorities for talks on a ‘strategic partnership’ between the two continents.
18-03-2021

Tanzanian president Magufuli confirmed dead following health speculation

Tanzania's President John Magufuli has died aged 61, the country's vice-president announced on Wednesday (16 March) following several weeks of growing speculation and conspiracy theories about his health and whereabouts.
01-03-2021

EU-Ethiopia diplomatic feud intensifies over Tigray criticism

Ethiopian diplomats have stoked a growing diplomatic feud with the European Union after the bloc’s foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell, and his envoy, Finland’s Pekka Haavisto, harshly criticised the government’s handling of the conflict in the northern Tigray province.
25-02-2021

Paris to bring African vaccine strategy on the table at EU virtual summit

When EU heads of states and government hold an online meeting on Thursday (25 February), they will discuss a proposal by French President Emmanuel Macron to send 13 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to African countries. EURACTIV France reports.
22-02-2021

Michel in ‘shock’ after Italy’s DR Congo ambassador is killed in attack

European Council President Charles Michel expressed his "shock" following the death of Italy's ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday (22 February) in what is believed to have been an attempted kidnapping attack.
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EU-Africa relations must step up on defence, says Portuguese presidency

Portugal's defence minister wants to strengthen political dialogue between the European Union and African decision-makers, which he believes is insufficient despite the fact that most European military missions are in Africa.

The EU needs a new approach in the Sahel

This week's G5 Sahel meeting in Chad has underscored the urgent need for a rethink of the EU's approach to the Sahel region, write Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana and Dissan Gnoumou.
17-02-2021

Withdrawing French troops from Sahel ‘would be a mistake’, Macron says

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday (16 February) backed away from immediately withdrawing French troops deployed in the Sahel region of north west Africa following a two day summit on the future of the mission against Islamic militant groups in the region.
Cities & regions 12-02-2021

Don’t forget local authorities in EU-Africa relations

As the EU and African Union seek to make up for lost time in 2020 by accelerating talks on a new ‘strategic partnership’ covering political and economic cooperation one of the risks is that the talks take place in a vacuum at high political level with little regard for local communities.
Development Policy 05-02-2021

‘Stars are aligned’ for EU-African relations

The EU’s plans to strike a ‘strategic partnership’ with Africa were one the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Portuguese government, which holds the six-month rotating EU presidency, is anxious to conclude the agenda by the summer.

Gas can play a key role in Africa’s energy transition

Africa's new energy projects will help boost the continent's economic development, as well as its transition to cleaner energy, writes Kwaku Boakye-Adjei.

EU must step up military assistance to Mozambique, says Portuguese presidency

The European Union must step up its military and security assistance for Mozambique as the southeast African country struggles to cope with a growing threat of jihadist insurgency, Portugal’s foreign minister, Augusto Santos Silva, has told EURACTIV.
Cities & regions 29-01-2021

EU and Africa must ‘co–operate as equals’, MEPs say

Europe should move away from a donor-recipient relationship with Africa and cooperate as equals instead, EU lawmakers have said in a new report adopted on Thursday (28 January).
22-01-2021

African trade pact offers chance to kickstart UK trade ties

The new African Continental Free Trade Area is a chance to kickstart trade between the UK and Africa, delegates told a UK-Africa investment summit this week.
11-01-2021

Forget Brexit, the most important trade deal in 2021 is in Africa

While the UK splinters away from the European Union, Africa is uniting under a landmark free trade agreement, making it one of the largest since the establishment of the World Trade Organization (WTO), writes Debisi Araba.
08-01-2021

Partnership with a purpose: EU-Africa relations in 2021

The EU’s plans to strike a ‘strategic partnership’ with Africa were one the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. After the European Commission set out its stall in a March 2020 strategic paper, summits were cancelled and it is unclear whether EU and African Union leaders will agree on an agenda with the ambition needed for a genuine ‘strategic partnership’ this year.