EU cooperation with the African Union: Problems and potential

FRIDE The European Union is considering a privileged partnership with the African Union as a way to overcome the dated framework of ACP relations and to improve the Joint Africa-European Union Strategy. This partnership has potential, but it is not unproblematic: is the AU sufficiently relevant as an international organisation, and can it solve its functional shortcomings?

This Policy Brief argues that security and the promotion of good governance are the areas with better potential for EU-AU cooperation, while economic development could be enhanced in the realm of the Regional Economic Communities.

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