On 22 April 2015, the College of the European Commission welcomes to Brussels the College of the African Union Commission for their annual meeting. This is this year’s key event in the partnership between the European Union and Africa and the first College-to-College meeting of the new European Commission. It will give fresh impetus in the already vigorous relationship between two strategic partners who share common values, priorities and challenges – not only bilaterally, but also on the global level.
The political framework of cooperation between the EU and Africa is the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES), adopted in 2007, the first and only intercontinental partnership strategy. The Africa-EU Partnership is enshrined in the JAES: a partnership of equals, determined to tackle together issues of common concern.
In April 2014, the 4th EU-Africa Summit took place under the theme “Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace”. The Summit agreed that the implementation of the Joint Strategy during 2014-2017 should focus on five priority areas:
- Peace and Security
- Democracy, Good Governance and Human Rights
- Human Development
- Sustainable and Inclusive Developmental Growth and Continental Integration
- Global and Emerging Issues
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