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Latest news about Africa and the European Union. Two frameworks govern EU relations with African countries. The most long-standing one is the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP), enshrined in the 1975 Lomé Convention and updated in 2000 by the Cotonou Agreement. More recently, a continental approach has gained ground, which led to the Joint-EU Africa Strategy (JAES) conceived in the 2007 EU-Africa summit in Lisbon and reflecting the pan-African dimension.

EU relations with Tunisia 10 May 2017, 23:03 CET
Six years on from the 2011 Revolution, Tunisian people have paved the way for a modern democracy based on freedoms, socio-economic development and social justice. The European Union has been supporting Tunisia in this process, reinforcing bilateral relations and cooperation in key areas.

EU drives new impetus for Europe-Africa partnership 04 May 2017, 18:23 CET
The European Commission and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini set out Thursday the EU's political priorities and concrete proposals for a stronger strategic partnership with Africa.

EU - Libya relations 26 January 2017, 14:30 CET
Following the popular uprising in Libya in 2011, the EU made significant efforts, including through the diplomatic track, to assist Libya's transition towards an inclusive and stable democracy and to support the UN mediation efforts in that process.

EU-southern Africa trade partnerships come into effect 11 October 2016, 00:46 CET
EU partnership agreements with five southern African countries - Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland - came into effect Monday, starting a new chapter in their trade relations with the EU.

Euro-MPs back trade deal with six African countries 15 September 2016, 12:28 CET
The European Parliament approved an agreement Wednesday granting duty-free access to the EU for products from Namibia, Mozambique, Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho, and improved market access for South Africa.

EU External Investment Plan 14 September 2016, 18:42 CET
An External Investment Plan, proposed by the European Commission on 14 September, would support investment in our partner countries, in Africa and the European Neighbourhood, to strengthen EU partnerships, promote a new model of participation of the private sector and contribute to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The plan forms part of broader efforts the EU is pursuing on the basis of the new Partnership Framework adopted in June.

Migration issues dominate EU foreign affairs council 21 June 2016, 00:19 CET
EU foreign ministers focused on migration issues Monday, debating the migration challenges of the Sahel region, and extending the EU naval force Operation Sophia to strengthen efforts against human smugglers and traffickers.

Action to tackle root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement in the Horn of Africa 28 April 2016, 22:07 CET
The European Commission has approved 10 new actions worth EUR 117 million to improve stability and address the root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement in the Horn of Africa region.

European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa 12 November 2015, 16:33 CET
The European Commission launched on 12 November with other EU Member States and other European donors the EU's Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa.

EU cooperation with Africa on migration 22 April 2015, 17:21 CET
The College of European Commission welcomed to Brussels on 22 April the College of the African Union Commission for their annual meeting. The meeting was to give fresh impetus in the relationship between the two strategic partners. Migration was a key topic in the light of the recent migrant disasters in the Mediterranean.

Ebola outbreak in West Africa - EU response 08 September 2014, 14:16 CET
The European Commission announced on 5 September EUR 140m of funding for the countries currently affected by the Ebola virus in West Africa: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria. EUR 38 million of the new package is specifically designed to help those governments bolster their health services (for example through reinforcing treatment centres or support for health workers), both during the crisis and in the recovery phase. It will also provide support in the areas of food security, water and sanitation, which are essential in terms of safeguarding the health of the population.

European Trust Fund for the Central African Republic 14 July 2014, 18:43 CET
The European Commission, Germany, France and the Netherlands are to set up the first European Union Trust Fund, the aim of which is to promote the stabilisation and reconstruction of the Central African Republic (CAR). The Fund has been christened Bêkou, which means 'hope' in Sango, the language of the Central African Republic. The scale of the political and security crisis in the CAR, the difficulties pertaining to infrastructure, the provision of basic services and the functioning of the administration call for international aid that is structured and tailored to situations of fragility and can be organised quickly and efficiently.

EU-Africa relations 28 March 2014, 14:05 CET
The fourth EU-Africa summit will take place in Brussels on 2-3 April under the theme "Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace". Building on the spirit of their 2007 Joint Strategy, Africa and the European Union will discuss as equal partners how to deepen cooperation under these three areas.

EU development support in Somalia 16 September 2013, 21:21 CET
On 16 September 2013, the EU and Somalia jointly held a high-level event entitled "A new deal for Somalia" in Brussels. The aim was to sustain the positive momentum in the country, to ensure it stays on the path to stability and peace, bringing prosperity to its people. The international community and Somalia endorses the so-called Compact - a key milestone of the process - pledge support to enable its implementation and, above all, re-commit to this new political process.

EU-Egypt relations 21 August 2013, 18:35 CET
The European Union and Egypt established diplomatic relations in 1966 and are bound by the Association Agreement that came into force in 2004.

Boost for Enterprise Europe Network in Asia, North Africa 29 September 2011, 12:55 CET
The European Commission is extending the reach of the Enterprise Europe Network - its business and innovation support network for SMEs - by opening new contact points in Japan, as well as doubling its presence in China. The aim, it says, is to see more European small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) profit from the fast growing markets in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

Communication on the consolidation of EU-Africa relations - guide 10 November 2010, 16:08 CET
Ahead of the Africa-EU Summit taking place from 29-30 November in Libya, the European Commission has presented its proposals for a consolidation of the Africa-EU relations. Building on the existing Joint Africa-EU Strategy launched in 2007, the Commission details common challenges where progress has been made and which still have to be jointly addressed, such as the poverty eradication, peace and security, democracy and human rights, global governance and climate change. While the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will remain at the heart of the Africa-EU Joint Strategy, the Commission recognizes that there is a need to support Africa in strengthening its political and economic governance to allow better mobilization of the continent's own assets in a sustainable way. In that spirit, the Commission proposes to focus on initiatives that could help to trigger inclusive and sustainable growth in the long-term. These proposals will contribute to shaping the Action Plan on the implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy that will be adopted during the Summit.

Africa-EU Energy Partnership - guide 14 September 2010, 17:38 CET
The High Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) took place in Vienna on 14-15 September 2010. 15 African energy ministers together with some EU Foreign Affairs, Environment, and Development ministers took part. The AEEP is one of eight thematic partnerships under the Joint Africa-EU Strategy. During this Event, European Commissioner Piebalgs launched the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme and confirmed start-up financing from the fast start climate action financing.

Revised Cotonou Partnership Agreement - guide 24 June 2010, 16:52 CET
The official ceremony of a signature of the second revised Cotonou Agreement took place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on 22-23 June 2010 in presence of EU Development Commissioner and representatives of the ACP countries. Changes to the agreement highlight an emphasis on climate change, and regional integration to combat problems affecting neighbouring countries. Other goals include coordinated efforts to maintain food security, and prioritisation of fragile states. Commissioner Piebalgs also inaugurated a street "L'Avenue de L'Europe" next to the EU delegation, and met with Burkina Faso's President, Blaise Compaore.

Libya: Economy Overview 25 January 2017, 23:33 CET
Libya's economy is structured primarily around the nation's energy sector, which generates about 95% of export earnings, 80% of GDP, and 99% of government income.

EU Delegation to Libya 05 December 2013, 23:18 CET
The EU Delegation to Libya exists since September 2011.

Libya Investment Climate 2009 15 February 2010, 19:29 CET
Libya has taken a number of steps to encourage foreign direct investment and its current initiative dates back to the mid-1990s.

EU strengthens R&D ties with Egypt 11 February 2010, 17:06 CET
The European Union will offer EUR 20 million to Egypt to promote research and innovation, Ambassador of the European Delegation in Egypt Marc Franco announced at the first Euro-Mediterranean Innovation Marketplace in Heliopolis, Egypt in late January. The funds will be earmarked for the Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) programme that was established under the EC-EGYPT bilateral Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement in 2007.

The EU-ACP Trade Relations 21 July 2009, 12:09 CET
Economic Partnership Agreements: A New Approach in trade relations between the European Union and the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Countries (ACP).

EU 1 billion euro "Food Facility" for developing countries - briefing 30 March 2009, 15:59 CET
The European Commission adopted on 30 March a EUR 314 million package of projects to support agriculture and improve the food security situation in 23 developing countries across the globe. This is the first financing decision in the framework of the EUR 1 billion Food Facility which was adopted at the end of last year as a response to the growing food security problems faced by many developing countries. The Commission also agreed to an overall plan for the use of the entire amount of the Facility, targeting 50 developing countries in total.