Delegation of the European Union to the African Union

About the EU Delegation to the African Union

11/05/2016 - 13:16
About us - structure and organisation

A summary of the EU Delegation’s relations with the African Union, plus an outline of the strategic partnership.

The role of the EU Delegation

The European Union (EU) Delegation was created in January 2008 in order to have a permanent EU presence in the African Union (AU). The EU Delegation operates in an environment which includes 55 AU member states, the AU Commission and the AU bodies, including the AU Peace and Security Council, EU countries and other governmental and international partners of the AU. The Delegation deals with a considerable number of country and thematic areas. This includes both dialogue on political issues of mutual concern as they arise, as well as longer-term cooperation and institution building.

The Joint Africa-EU Strategy

Africa’s 54 countries and the EU’s 28 countries have a shared neighbourhood, history and future. The Africa-EU Partnership between the two continents is a priority for both sides.

The Joint Africa-EU Strategy, adopted at the Lisbon Summit in 2007, constitutes the overarching long-term framework for Africa-EU relations. Successive EU-Africa Summits in Tripoli (2010) and Brussels (2014) have refined the Partnership's Strategy, taking into consideration changes and emerging priorities on both continents. The next EU-Africa Summit will be held in 2017 in Africa.

Progress to date and a joint roadmap

The 5th African Union - European Union Summit , which took place on 29-30 November 2017 in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire brought together EU and African leaders to define the future direction for cooperation between the two continents. The theme of the Summit was "Investing in Youth for a sustainable future". The Summit brought together leaders from 55 African Union and 28 European Union Member States.

African and European heads of state and government adopted a Joint declaration setting out their commitment to invest in youth for accelerated inclusive growth and sustainable development.

The Summit agreed on four common strategic priorities for the period leading up to the next Summit:

Leaders also adopted a joint statement on the migrant situation in Libya, condemning the inhuman treatment of migrants and refugees by criminal groups.

Preparatory events in the run-up to the AU-EU Summit

The AU-EU Summit was preceded by a number of important events, including civil society, local authorities, economic and social actors, as well as European and Pan-African Parliament.

Young leaders from Africa and Europe gathered at the Youth Summit on 9-11 October in Abidjan, and their work intensified in the context of the AU-EU Youth Plugin-Initiative. They developed a Youth Declaration with concrete proposals to leaders, which have provided a valuable impetus in preparing and shaping the outcomes of the AU-EU Summit. Youth representatives furthermore had the chance to address African and European leaders during the Summit to present these proposals.

The 6th EU-Africa business forum took place on 27 November, where business leaders, investors, innovative start-ups, and young and female entrepreneurs from both continents developed recommendations on how to improve the business and investment climate.

On the day before the Summit, Ministers of Foreign Affairs from Europe and Africa gathered in Abidjan for a Ministerial meeting, co-chaired by the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini.

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The 4th Summit Outcome and the Joint Africa EU Strategy 

The Africa-EU Strategic Partnership is the framework through which the EU and Africa work together.

The 4th EU-Africa Summit in 2014 offered the opportunity to take stock of progress. The main outcome documents — Political Declaration, Joint Roadmap 2014-2017 — set out the following priority areas for 2014-2017:

  • Peace and Security
  • Democracy, Good Governance and Human Rights
  • Human Development
  • Inclusive and Sustainable Development, Growth and Continental Integration
  • Global and Emerging Issues.

For each of these objectives, the roadmap sets out actions at interregional, continental and global levels which are expected to have a real impact on the people of both continents.

Established in 2014, the Pan-African Programme provides dedicated support to the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership. It supports projects in areas of shared interest, and offers new possibilities for the EU and Africa to work together. The programme has a budget of €845 million for the period 2014-2020.

Ranieri Sabatucci, Head of Delegation
Ranieri Sabatucci, Head of Delegation


Dear Readers, 

In her speech at the last meeting of the African Union Commission and European Commissions (C2C) in Addis Ababa, the High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini said, "Africa and Europe have a shared many ways a difficult and a heavy one, but most of all we have a common present and a shared future that we have the responsibility to build together". 
Twelve years ago I had the pleasure to be the first coordinator for relations with the African Union and Chair of the Task Force for the African Peace Facility in the European Commission.  Since then, the AU has become a key player in the promotion of peace and prosperity in our neighbour continent.  The AU's achievements - quoting from a recent evaluation of the African Peace Facility, "has had a direct and positive impact on the lives of millions of Africans, affected by wars, violence and political crisis".

Today, the African Union - by any kind of measurement - is undertaking one of the most ambitious regional integration processes in the world.  It is and will continue to be our main partner for our engagement with Africa as a whole.

In my career I have had the opportunity to work with several regional integration processes and on each occasion it became evident that the EU has a unique and proven comparative advantage in engaging with and providing support for regional integration processes.  This is an area of external relations where the EU demonstrates its strength based on its own singular and unique experience.

When Africa and Europe work together and express similar views, our collective voice is stronger in the international arena and our combined 82 votes can make a critical difference.  This was evident in 2015, in the successes we jointly achieved with Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as with the historic Climate Change agreement at COP 21.  Most AU Member States are also members of the ACP group.  We will be most keen to hear their opinions on how they envisage our EU-ACP partnership should evolve, after the end of the Cotonou agreement.

We are firmly committed to continue our support to the AU institutions so that they can fulfil their just aspirations through effective implementation of their policies and plans.  Furthermore, we will be calling on them to strengthen our alliance so that, going forward we can jointly address the critical challenges ahead in both the continental and global contexts.

Ranieri Sabatucci 

Head of Delegation 




Head of Delegation (HoD)


Deputy Head of Delegation

Constantin-Arun Bibre


Office of the Head of Delegation

Political, Press and Information Section

Thorsten CLAUSING                            

Head of Section

  • Overall management and coordination
  • Press and Information


  • EU-AU relations (Commission to Commission, JAES, AU-EU Summit)
  • AU partnerships, African Integration

Erik VON PISTOHLKORS                     

  • Democratic Governance and Human Rights
  • Gender, Humanitarian Issue

Ian Dupont

  • African Peace and Security Architecture
  • Climate Change

Jean Constantinesco

Political Advisor

  • Migration, Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development
  • Youth Plug-In Initiative

Roxani Roushas

Junior Professional in Delegation

Migration, Youth, Gender

Cedric Denier

Military Advisor on peace and security

Biruk Feleke

Press and Information Officer

Zinash Asaminew Zerefa


Cooperation Section


Head of Cooperation Section


  • IGAD focal point
  • Management of the 11th EDF – Peace and security envelope


  • African Peace Facility


Nancy DZOKOTO POMENYA               

Sebastiano GERMANO 


Rafael SANCHEZ CARMONA                                                                                              


  • Trade and Regional Integration, Private Sector Development, Industry
  • Taxation, Mineral Resources, Regional Economic Communities, Pan-African and international organisations

Pietro Nardi

  • Sustainable and Inclusive Development & Growth and Continental Integration, including agriculture, food security and food safety, nutrition, land policy, fisheries
  • AU Initiatives: Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), biodiversity and wildlife protection initiatives

Essete ABEBE BEKELE          

Sosena Araya

  • Assistant/Secretary and Document Management Officer

Finance, Contract and Audit Section

Petra Uyttersprot

Head of Section

  • Overall management & Coordination (Finance, Contract and Audit section)
  • Finance & Contract management
  • Audit implementation and follow-up

Roman Babjak

Finance and Contracts manager

  • Finance & Contract management
  • Monitoring and reporting
  • Follow-up of the implementation of the Aide memoire signed with AUC and Pillar Assessment Road Map

Fabrizio DELL'OLIO      


Finance and Contracts manager

  • Finance & Contract management
  • Monitoring and reporting
  • Audits         

Beminet Mathewos

Finance and Contracts manager

  • Procurement, payments
  • Audits

SebleWongel Belay

Finance and Contracts Assistant

  • Accountancy, payments
  • Procurement

Administration Section

Antonella Marra Enahoro

Head of Section Administration

Wubeshet Tamerat

Protocol & Logistics


IT Service Officer

IT Support and Infrastructure

  • End-user support
  • Technical assistance
  • ICT administrative support

Meskerem Girma

Infrastructure – assets/services, housing COM

Betelihem Argaw

Human resources and accounting

Wossen Misalie

Budget and accounting

Meheret Gezahegne

Adminstrative Assistant

Mesfin Abera


Ayele ALem G. Giorgis


Assefa Ejeta


Mathios Tegegn


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