Towards a comprehensive Strategy with Africa

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Publication Date 09/03/2020
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Joint Communication published by the European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on 9 March 2020, setting out the basis for a new strategy with Africa.

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This Joint Communication sets out proposals to intensify cooperation through partnerships in five key areas:

  • Green transition and energy access;
  • Digital transformation;
  • Sustainable growth and jobs;
  • Peace and governance;
  • Migration and mobility.

This document was designed to frame discussions with African partners towards a new joint strategy, ahead of formal endorsement at a summit between the European Union (EU) and African Union (AU) later in the year. Building on this Communication, a set of conclusions on the EU-Africa relations was approved by the Council of the European Union on 30 June 2020. The plenary of the European Parliament adopted a report in reaction to this Strategy on 25 March 2021.

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EurActiv, 09/03/2020: EU unveils ‘partnership plans’ for new Africa strategy
Associated Press, 09/03/2020: EU unveils Africa strategy to counter China, US interest
Reuters, 09/03/2020: EU unveils green Africa policy, seeks new start after migrant crisis
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Deutsche Welle, 21/04/2020: Coronavirus: Debt relief key to helping Africa, says EU Commissioner
EurActiv, 22/09/2020: Pandemic has derailed EU-Africa strategy, concedes Borrell

European Commission: Topics: Africa-EU Partnership
General Secretariat of the Council: Policies: EU-Africa Relations
European Parliament: Legislative Train Schedule: Towards a Comprehensive Strategy with Africa
European Commission: Press Release, 09/03/2020: EU paves the way for a stronger, more ambitious partnership with Africa
European Commission: Questions and Answers: Towards a Comprehensive Strategy with Africa (9 March 2020)
European Commission: Remarks by HR/VP Josep Borrell and Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen at the press conference on the Joint Communication towards a Comprehensive Strategy with Africa (9 March 2020)
EPP Group: News, 09/03/2020: Europe needs a true partnership with Africa
ECR: Articles, 09/03/2020: The ECR Group endorses the European Commission’s EU-Africa Strategy
Renew Europe Group: News, 10/03/2020: The EU - Africa Strategy must bring a new narrative and build a strong inclusive partnership
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 30/06/2020: “On the path to a deeper and stronger partnership, living up to the European and African aspirations”: Council adopts conclusions on Africa
European Parliament: Press Release, 28/01/2021: Empowering Africa: MEPs vote on strategy for a new EU-Africa partnership
EPRS: At a Glance, March 2021: A new EU-Africa Strategy – A partnership for sustainable and inclusive development
European Parliament: Press Release, 25/03/2021: Empowering Africa: Parliament defines strategy for a new EU-Africa partnership

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