As part of the EU's strengthened partnership with the African Union (AU), Ministers of Foreign Affairs from EU and AU countries met from 21-22 January in Brussels to discuss common action on issues such as peace, security and governance; trade and investment and continental economic integration as well as their commitment to multilateralism.
Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Ministers and High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini together with Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica met on the margins of the African Union-European Union Ministerial in Brussels.
Europe and Africa are each other’s closest neighbours. What happens in Africa matters in Europe, and vice versa. As equal
partners with mutual interests we are working together to tackle today’s challenges from investing in youth, fostering
sustainable development and strengthening peace and security to boosting investment on the African continent,
good governance and better managing migration: a partnership that works on the basis of reciprocal commitments.
With 60% of the oceans relying outside nations jurisdiction, ensuring good governance at sea and securing the maritime domain becomes a challenge for every international actor. With a revised Action Plan and a Maritime Security Strategy under the umbrella of the Global Strategy, the EU has been working closely with international partners towards a safer maritime environment and a sustainable use of its resources.