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Angola's partnership with the EU is based on the ACP-EU Cotonou Partnership Agreement which aims to reduce poverty by developing the Angolan economy and gradually integrating it into the global economy.
The Joint Way Forward promotes more active political cooperation, especially Angola's active involvement in the different regional and multilateral fora, and prioritises key areas of common interest from the 2007 Joint Africa-EU Strategy (security, governance, human rights, economic growth, energy, transport, environment, science and technology, training and education).
So far, 2 ministerial meetings have taken place, the latest in 2015.
Political & policy dialogues
Main framework – articles 8 to 13, Cotonou Agreement.
Other conventions/political commitments
Angolan strategic documents
Channels for dialogue & cooperation
2012 – the Joint Way Forward decision
The EU is an important partner for Angola:
Under the Everything But Arms initiative, Angola receives free access to EU markets for all non-military products.
Angola was not involved in the Economic Partnership Agreement concluded in 2014 with 6 other SADC countries, as it has not signed the SADC Trade Protocol.
The EU-Angola bilateral cooperation strategy is intended to help the country develop – combatting poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals – by strengthening institutions and training staff.
The EU is currently Angola's largest aid donor, under the EDF:
As a member of SADC, Angola will receive funding under a Regional Indicative Programme for:
Specific funding is also provided for regional infrastructure (preferably as part of joint financing for projects), and other regional activities such as migration, wildlife, river and aquifer management, sustainable fisheries (including inland) and maritime security.
As a member of the PALOP-TL group (Portuguese speaking African countries and Timor Leste), Angola receives dedicated funding:
EU aid – €16.6m in 2008-13 – through:
Main goal – to combat poverty.
The EU has given €20m to PAEP - Project in Support of Primary Education, to help Angolan government efforts to achieve universal primary education .
The EU will spend €11m from the EDF to:
Vocational education & training
The EU will spend €22m from the EDF on the RETFOP - Reviving the TVET system in Angola, to help assist the Angolan Ministries of Education and Public Administration, Labour and Social Security reduce youth unemployment by:
Global & regional programmes
The EU also supports education in Angola through programmes like:
In Angola, the EU is helping the government – in particular the Angolan Ministry of Social Assistance and Reintegration – to revise and implement its social assistance policy.
This support is given through the APROSOC – Support to social protection in Angola project, which addresses both existing sector constraints and strengthens long-term institutional capacity and sustainability.
The EU promotes the culture sector in Angola because it can improve economic growth, social inclusion, freedom of expression, identity-building and participation in civil society and politics.
EU support is mainly channelled through the EUNIC Angola network (national cultural institutes from various EU countries).
Other EU programmes funding culture projects in Angola