A ministerial meeting between the EU and Africa was held on the 14th of October 2009 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the headquarters of the African Union (AU). Ministers and commissioners discussed how to meet global challenges, promote peace and security in Africa, and strengthen the cooperation between the two regions.
“We had good discussions on a number of issues that concern us all”, says Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson, who led the EU delegation to the meeting. “We agreed that we need to redouble efforts to address the changing climate, which affects Africa particularly hard. The meeting also gave us an opportunity to talk about democracy, elections, human rights and conflict management”.
The EU and the AU are meeting at ministerial level twice a year, in troika format. The ministerial troika was preceded by a meeting between the EU Peace and Security Committee and the AU Peace and Security Council.
Besides minister Carlsson representing the Swedish Presidency, the EU delegation included Commissioner Karel De Gucht, State Secretary Angél Lossada from the incoming Spanish Presidency, and Jose Costa Pereira from the Council Secretariat.
The meeting was co-chaired by Libyan Secretary of International Cooperation Mohamed Tahir Salla. The African troika also composed AU Commissioners Maxwell Mkwezalamba (Commissioner for Economic Affairs), Ramtane Lamamra (Commissioner for Peace and Security), and Rhoda Peace Tumisiime (Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture), as well as Ambassador Mohammed Omar Maundi from the previous Tanzanian AU Presidency.
Read the Troika declaration -pdf