The fifth African Union - European Union (AU-EU) summit will take place on 29-30 November 2017 in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. 2017 is a defining year for EU-Africa relations, as it has been ten years since the adoption of the joint Africa-EU Strategy.
From the perspective of the European Union, the role of the citizen and civil society in general is critically important for the development of any country. Only if final beneficiaries are involved in identifying how their needs shall be addressed, can their needs be truly met. All other attempts will only deliver second best options as they rely on assumptions on behalf of others
Malawi is at an important juncture in its electoral history. There is a moment of opportunity for the country to take positive steps to improving its electoral process to ensure inclusive, transparent and credible polls, which enjoy public and political confidence. The European Union (EU) stands ready to continue to support the country in this vitally important task. We fully support the Government to table the electoral reforms in November 2017 as they have undertaken to do so. The EU Follow-up Mission finds the electoral reforms important for Malawi to maintain positive momentum ahead of the 2019 election and meet the public expectation of timely parliamentary consideration of proposed changes.