The joint initiative of the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) for the Harmonisation of the African Electricity Market held its 3rd Steering Committee Meeting on 15 October 2020, bringing together representatives from the African Union Commission (AUC), the AU Development Agency- New Partnership for Africa's Development (AUDA-NEPAD), the African Development Bank (AfDB), Power Pools, the EU – the Directorate General for International Development Cooperation (DEVCO C6), the Directorate General for Energy (DG ENER), the EU Delegation to the African Union, and the EU Technical Assis
15/10/2020 - Last week, together with Commissioner Janez Lenarčič, I travelled to hand-over anti-COVID-19 material to the African Union Centre for Disease Control; to discuss with our African Union counterparts how to strengthen the EU-AU partnership in a post-pandemic world; and to underscore our support for the on-going reforms in Ethiopia, at a difficult moment.
High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell, and Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič are on an official visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 8-9 October 2020. The mission aims to keep up the momentum of a strengthened EU-AU partnership and coincides with a new delivery of 7.5 tons of coronavirus testing kits donated by Germany as part of ‘Team Europe' efforts to help partners to deal with the pandemic.
06/10/2020 - We need to strengthen our ties with Africa, a young and dynamic continent. First and foremost, in order to get to grips with the current crisis, and that will be the purpose of my visit to Ethiopia this week. But also in a more structural way to jointly foster economic development which is green, digital and fair on our two continents.
19/07/2020 - Water is life. We can survive several days without eating but not without drinking. Water is also the basic ingredient, essential to the production of all kind of food, whether vegetable or animal. This is why the issue of access to fresh water has always been central for humans, and has therefore always been a source of many conflicts. Inherently linked to climate change, economic development and population growth, however, these conflicts are today taking on an increasingly worrying dimension: access to water is becoming one of the main geopolitical issues of our century.
The Council approved conclusions on Africa, restating the paramount importance of a stronger EU-Africa partnership. The conclusions note that Joint Communication Towards a comprehensive strategy with Africa constitutes an excellent basis on which to initiate a new ambitious partnership with Africa. The next EU-AU Summit will be a pivotal moment for renewing a comprehensive joint strategic approach that delivers on these aspirations.