8 March 2020 The EU unveils a new strategy for Africa

The European Commission and the HR/VP Josep Borrell have proposed a new strategy for cooperation with Africa that will have the African Union (AU) as a pivotal partner and will reinforce the EU-AU mutual commitment for a stronger partnership in the years to come. This new strategy is being proposed only a few days after the 10th AU-EU Commission-to-Commission meeting, which took place on 27 February in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The proposed strategy aims to establish partnerships in five key areas, namely: green transition, digital transformation, sustainable growth and jobs, peace and governance, and mobility and migration. Within each of these areas, a special focus is given to women and youth. European Commissioner for International Partnerships; Jutta Urpilainen referred to this new strategy as ”a start for an intense dialogue with our African partners on shared priorities, with the finishing line at the EU-AU Summit in October 2020”. Indeed, representatives from both organizations will meet again in the upcoming months, this time in Brussels, in the framework the post-Cotonou Agreement negotiations between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP).