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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.


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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 .