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Africa and the EU

25 August 2006
by eub2 -- last modified 20 February 2014

The European Union has adopted a new approach to trading relations with Africa responding to the need for change through the negotiation of Economic Partnership Agreements.


Two grand 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.

Further information on the EU's sub-regional and bilateral relations with Africa .