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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 challenges Egypt import restrictions at WTO 27 January 2022, 18:55 CET
The European Union requested Wednesday dispute settlement consultations at the World Trade Organization (WTO) with Egypt on its 'unfair' compulsory import registration requirements.

EU concludes partnership talks with Africa-Caribbean-Pacific countries 19 April 2021, 23:38 CET
Talks on a Post-Cotonou Agreement between the EU and Africa-Caribbean-Pacific states formally concluded Friday, setting the political and economic cooperation framework for the next twenty years.

EU paves way for greener partnership with Africa 10 March 2020, 23:17 CET
The EU's foreign policy chief and the Commission set out the basis for a new, 'green' strategy with Africa Monday, focusing on green and digital transformation, and promoting sustainable investment and jobs.

New Strategy with Africa 09 March 2020, 17:24 CET
The European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy proposed on 9 March the basis for a new strategy with Africa.

Future ACP-EU Partnership 17 February 2020, 23:42 CET
New impetus was given to the post-Cotonou negotiations on a new agreement between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP) when the two chief negotiators agreed on 17 February on the way forward.

Eastern & Southern African countries look to reinforce trade ties with EU 03 October 2019, 22:08 CET
The EU began talks Wednesday with five Eastern and Southern Africa countries (Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Zimbabwe) to deepen their current Economic Partnership Agreement.

Towards a new Africa - Europe Alliance 13 September 2018, 23:15 CET
In his State of the Union 2018 address on 12 September, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker outlined Commission proposals for a new 'Africa – Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs'.

EU External Investment Plan 12 July 2018, 18:20 CET
As part of its External Investment Plan, the EU gave its green light to a package of financial guarantee programmes worth around EUR 800 million on 10 July. This will help to leverage an estimated EUR 8-9 billion in public and private investment in Africa and the Neighbourhood.

EU partnership with G5 Sahel countries 22 February 2018, 13:34 CET
On 23 February 2018, the European Commission is hosting the International High Level Conference on the Sahel in Brussels, with the African Union, the United Nations and the G5 Sahel group of countries, to strengthen international support for the G5 Sahel regions.

Summit strengthens EU-Africa cooperation 30 November 2017, 22:54 CET
European and African leaders set out their commitment at the close of an EU-Africa summit Thursday to invest in youth for a sustainable future, prioritising investment, education, security and migration.

First actions of EU's External Investment Plan 23 November 2017, 19:27 CET
The European Commission's concrete areas of investments for the EU's External Investment Plan will mobilise EUR 44 billion of sustainable investment for Africa and the EU Neighbourhood countries.

European External Investment Plan 12 December 2017, 17:55 CET
The EU's External Investment Plan will support more inclusive and sustainable development in Africa and the European Neighbourhood. It will boost public and private investment and thus address some of the obstacles to growth in our partner countries.

Green light for European sustainable development fund 26 September 2017, 18:04 CET
A European fund for sustainable development to support investments in African and neighbourhood countries will be set upo later this week, following Monday's agreement by the EU Council of Ministers.

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, 17:33 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.