First High Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership – on 21 April 2010, in Vienna

On 20-21 April 2010, the first High Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) will bring together policy makers from the Commissions of EU and AU, national ministers responsible for energy and for questions regarding the Africa-EU relations, representatives of the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and the Regional Power Pools (RPPs) as well as of other specialized institutions and international organizations accredited at Vienna. The targets of the Meeting are:

  • to promote the Africa-EU Energy Partnership in Africa and Europe,
  • to reinforce cooperation on energy interconnections within Africa and between Africa and the EU
  • to endorse a road map for the implementation of AEEP’s future actions as well as concrete
    political targets
  • to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency in Africa
  • to reaffirm the commitment to enhancing in both continents energy security and energy access

The Africa-EU Energy Partnership is supported on the European side by the two co-chairs, Austria – represented by the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, BMeiA – and Germany – represented by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ.

On the African side, the African Union Commission and Mauritius – represented by the Ministry of Renewable Energy and Public Utilities – will be the co-chairs together with Austria and Germany for the High Level Meeting.

The High Level Meeting will be immediately followed, on 22 April 2010, by a meeting of the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy, which will take up the key issues discussed at the High Level Meeting. It will be an opportunity for the African and European spectrum of experts and key players to discuss and further develop challenges and possible solutions within the context of sustainable energy services on the two continents.

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