European Union External Action

Mogherini underlines new impetus in EU-Africa relationship

16/03/2017 - 18:19

The European Union is giving new impetus to its reinvigorated relationship with Africa, High Representative Federica Mogherini said today.

Speaking before chairing today's informal meeting of Development Ministers, the High Representative underlined the "impulse we've given to the European Union African Partnership that is inaugurating, really, a new way of working with Africa that goes beyond development only and works also on other fields from digital to energy, recognising each other as full partners and working together."

Ministers discussed preparations for November's EU-Africa Summit, and Mogherini will report on the discussion when she and Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica meet the new AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat in Addis Ababa tomorrow. The High Representative will also meet with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

"We will tomorrow meet the new African Union Commission, the leadership and will start working with them on strengthening our common work on many different fields: eradicating poverty, fighting climate change, working on development, on migration, on security, on peace, on so many things we do together. The European Union has started this powerful work of partnership with our African friends and I am convinced this is going to be one of the key elements of our future work as well."

The High Representative today also led a debate with Development Ministers on the new Consensus for Development the European Union is shaping. 

"Consensus is there, so I expect that in the coming months, we will have this new basis for a new way of doing development from the European Union side. We are the first donor worldwide so whatever we decide in this field has an impact for the entire world and brings an added value in every single corner of our planet."

The High Representative updated ministers on the EU migration partnership frameworks, the migration compacts, and they also discussed the External Investment Plan, which aims to mobilise up to EUR 44 billion for investments - private investments - in Africa to help reach the Sustainable Development Goals.

The High Representative today also met the new President of The Gambia, Adama Barrow, along with Commissioner Mimica.

She highlighted that the change in leadership opens a new chapter in EU-Gambia relations and that the EU fully supports President Barrow's reform agenda to establish strong democratic institutions in respect of human rights and the rule of law.  The new governments revocation of last year's withdrawal of The Gambia from the ICC demonstrates its commitment to international justice.

As part of the EU's support to the democratic transition, an EU Election Observation Mission has been deployed to the country earlier this week to observe parliamentary elections on 6 April. Together with partners, the EU is ready to look into support to security sector reform.