Recent and expected developments in EU-Africa relations

Recent and expected developments in EU-Africa relations

1. New roadmap for the EU-Africa Strategy from 2018 to 2020

The European Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS) will no longer follow the proposal for a new EU-Africa Strategy as initially announced for the 7 September 2016. Instead, the presentation of a roadmap proposal is expected in February 2017 comprising measures and priorities within the existing Strategy for the period between 2018 and 2010, succeeding the roadmap adopted at the 2014 EU-Africa Summit in Brussels. The EU-Africa Strategy has rather the nature of a joint declaration of intent and not the character of a legal agreement. It was adopted in Lisbon by European and African Heads of State and Government in December 2007. There is no expiry data set for the Strategy. It aims at achieving a stronger political partnership and cooperation between Africa and the EU at every level, going beyond mere development cooperation. The most important topics covered comprise migration, climate change, peace and security. The EU also initiated or concluded negotiations on Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) with several African regions; however, some states like Nigeria are still reluctant to join these Agreements.

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