Lisbon Summit

The Joint EU-Africa Strategy was adopted at the Lisbon Summit last year. It was the second ever Summit between heads of state and government from EU and Africa that was held in Lisbon on 8-9 December, 2007. The first summit was held in Cairo in 2000.

This page will provide information about the previous summit.

Which documents were approved?
News on the Lisbon Summit
When and where?
What was on the agenda?
Who was attending?
Which side events have taken place?
What was the Cairo summit about?

Which documents were approved?

Three documents were approved at the Summit:

  • Lisbon Declaration – html ; pdf
  • Joint Strategy and Action Plan – pdf

News on the Lisbon Summit

news and views on the last EU-Africa Summit.

Read a summary of events:

See also information on the Summit by:

When and where was the Lisbon Summit?

The summit has taken place on 8-9 December, 2007, at Feira Internacional de Lisboa, located at Parque das Nações, in Lisbon, Portugal. (See Portuguese EU presidency calendar.)

What was on the agenda?

The programme of the Summit is still available on the Portuguese Presidency website. Issues that have been discussed have included those in the new partnerships as described in the Action Plan, such as: Peace and security; Governance and human rights; Migration; Energy and climate change; MDGs; Trade, infrastructures and development.

In the Lisbon Declaration African and European leaders declared that they “are determined to give the new strategic partnership the necessary means and instruments that will enable it to fulfil the Joint Strategy and the Action Plan, and to do so we have created a comprehensive and effective follow-up mechanism that can deliver on these goals and show us the results on the occasion of the Third Summit that shall be held in 2010”.

They also stated that they are “resolved to build a new strategic political partnership for the future, overcoming the traditional donor-recipient relationship and building on common values and goals in our pursuit of peace and stability, democracy and rule of law, progress and development.”

Three documents were approved at the Summit:

  • Lisbon Declaration – html ; pdf
  • Joint Strategy and Action Plan – pdf

Who was attending?

The summit comprised of Heads of States and governments of EU and African countries. According to the website of the Portuguese Presidency of the EU the participants have been the following:

  • 52 Member-States of the African Union
  • Kingdom of Morocco
  • African Commission
  • 27 Member States of the European Union
  • European Commission
  • General-Secretariat of the Council of the EU

Whether Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe, should attend has been a controversial issue and has caused a lot of debate. In the end, he has joined the other African leaders in Lisbon. Read a summary of:

Which side events have taken place?

Several events were planned in Lisbon before and during the summit, of which most intended to submit declarations to the heads of state and governments.

Prior events to the Lisbon Summit


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