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Africa and the European Union

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.

Africa-EU Energy Partnership - guide
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
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
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
The EU Delegation to Libya exists since September 2011.

Libya Investment Climate 2009
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
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
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
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.

EU-Africa Strategic Partnership - briefing
Almost one year on since the launch of a new strategic partnership between the EU and Africa at the Lisbon Summit, the joint College to College meeting highlights the increased partnership between the two institutions. Discussions focused on the priority actions to be taken in areas such as migration, energy and the Millennium Development Goals as well as current concerns surrounding global economic stability and the increase in food prices.

Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) 2009-2011 - guide
The Generalised System of Preferences scheme - The GSP is an autonomous trade arrangement through which the EU provides non-reciprocal preferential access to the EU market to 176 developing countries and territories, in the form of reduced tariffs for their goods when entering the EU market.

EU trade deficit of EUR 35bn with Africa in 2006
On the occasion of the second EU-Africa Summit, which takes place on 8-9 December 2007 in Lisbon, Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities, issues data on trade in goods between the 27 Member States of the EU and 53 African countries.

Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) - principles & objectives
The negotiations leading to the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) were launched in Brussels on 27 September 2002 to be conducted in two phases. The first phase is conducted at "All-ACP"-EU level and takes on board cross-cutting themes of interest to all parties concerned, mainly: legal matters, the development "dimension" of the EPAs, Agriculture and Fisheries agreements, services, market access and trade-related matters. The Second phase is conducted at ACP national and regional level with spotlight on specific commitments.

Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) - guide
The negotiations leading to the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) were launched in Brussels on 27 September 2002 to be conducted in two phases. The first phase is conducted at "All-ACP"-EU level and takes on board cross-cutting themes of interest to all parties concerned, mainly: legal matters, the development "dimension" of the EPAs, Agriculture and Fisheries agreements, services, market access and trade-related matters. The Second phase is conducted at ACP national and regional level with spotlight on specific commitments.

EU Humanitarian Aid: Frequently asked questions
The European Commission on 13 June 2007 adopted a Communication paving the way for greater efficiency and coherence in delivering humanitarian aid. The Commission is calling for the European Union to work more closely together on a consensus that would boost its collective response to humanitarian crises. This includes advocating full respect for international humanitarian law, so that aid and aid workers can reach people in need.

EU offers full market access to former colonies
The EU offered on Wednesday to scrap most tariffs and quotas on exports from African, Caribbean and Pacific nations to boost talks on new trade pacts, but the proposition quickly met with scorn.

EU earmarks a billion dollars to combat South African poverty
The EU will hand over EUR 980m to the South African government in the next seven years to help fund anti-poverty programmes

Africa and the EU
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.