|Author (Person)||Cibian, Stefan|
|Publisher||Royal Institute of International Affairs [Chatham House]|
|Series Title||Research Paper|
|Publication Date||November 2020|
|Content Type||Research Paper|
With negotiations for a new post-Cotonou Partnership Agreement and a renewed Joint Africa-EU Strategy due to be concluded in 2021, there is the potential for a critical reset in the relationship between the EU and Africa.
This paper finds that the transition perspectives of Central and Eastern European member states can help shape the EU’s evolving partnership with Africa, in line with the ambition to move away from a donor-to-recipient dynamic towards a more equal engagement based on trade, investment and partnership. There is scope for some Central and Eastern European countries to find common ground with African states in priority areas of the EU–Africa partnership, including digitalization, gender, peace and security, and civil society. But Central and Eastern European states’ emphasis on migration control is sparking frustration within the EU and in Africa, and may limit the breadth of the partnership, or even lead to a failure of the current negotiations.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||Bilateral Relations|
|Countries / Regions||Africa, Central Europe, Eastern Europe|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|