Pre-Summit Event on Africa-EU Relations

EARN In partnership with Okra eXpress the Europe-Africa Policy Research Network (EARN) will host a pre-Summit panel discussion, involving key stakeholders from both Europe and Africa on the current state of Africa-EU relations. This event will take place in Brussels on 16 November 2010. Since the 2nd Africa-EU Summit of 2007 in Lisbon, we are almost three years into the lifetime of the Joint-Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) and just before the 3rd Africa-EU Summit of Heads of States on 29 – 30 November 2010 in Tripoli, Libya, it is time to reflect and take stock on where we stand with the JAES. This EARN pre Summit event will be an occasion to discuss results so far, reflect on missed opportunities and look at the future of Africa-EU relations. EARN will also present an Agenda for Action with some key recommendations in some of the major partnerships of the JAES.

The 3rd Africa-EU Summit in Libya:  Renewed momentum?

The third Africa-EU Summit will be organized in Libya on 29-30 November 2010. Heads of State and Government of both continents will meet to discuss the current state of EU-Africa relations. The Summit will be chaired jointly by the President of Malawi as current President of the African Union and the Permanent President of the European Council, Mr. Herman Van Rompuy. The Africa-EU Summit will be the first in its kind where the EU will participate in its new Post Lisbon Treaty institutional set-up.

The Summit will also take place at a crucial moment of the discussions on major global challenges, a few weeks after the New York Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and just before the Cancun conference on climate change. The Summit will provide a unique opportunity to discuss these and other challenges affecting today’s global environment. Both sides have agreed on economic growth, job creation and investment as the over-arching theme for the continent-to-continent discussions while peace and security, climate change and food security and the recurrent theme of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) will also be high on the agenda. The Summit will also discuss progress with the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) that was adopted at the last Lisbon Summit in 2007. A second Action Plan (2011-2013) of the JAES will be adopted in the eight key thematic and sectoral partnerships and ways will be sought to make the JAES more operational and to bring it to life for the populations of Africa and Europe.

Core questions to be addressed during the EARN event on 16 November 2010

  1. What has been realized so far of the commitments that were made at the 2007 Lisbon Summit?
  2. What have been the major achievements and success stories of the JAES? Did the Africa-EU cooperation live up to the expectations?
  3. Examine the obstacles that may have limited the progress so far being made.
  4. Did the EU and Africa make real progress in joining forces in international fora in key areas such as trade and development, peace and security, climate change, the debates on governance and human rights?
  5. What are the major risks for the upcoming Africa-EU Summit in Libya?
  6. How can the EU deal with the rising influence of the BRIC countries in Africa?

Event details

Time: 3pm
Date: Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Event Location: SJ Berwin LLP, Square de Meeûs 1, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Event hosted by: okra eXpres in partnership with EARN, ECDPM, IEEI, SJ Berwin
Event Title: okra eXpress Pre Summit Event in Brussels on EU in Africa Relations
Event chair person: Mr. Geert Laporte, Head of Institutional Relations, European Centre for Development Policy Management, ECDPM based in Maastricht

For more information email Bertha Oluwole via

Guest speakers

  • Mr. Rudi Brieven
    Chairman of the Africa Working Group of the European Council, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Belgium
  • Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas
    Secretary General, Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, Brussels
  • Ms. Eva Joly
    Member of the European Parliament, Chairperson of the Development Committee of the European Parliament
  • Mr. Cheikh Niang
    Acting Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the African Union in Brussels
  • Mr. Philippe Darmuzey
    Head of Unit, Directorate-General Development and Relations with ACP States, European Commission
  • Dr. Fernando Jorge Cardoso
    Research Director of the Institute for Strategic and International Studies, IEEI, Lisbon, and co-chair and President of the EARN network
  • Mr. Ramón Garcia Gallardo
    partner, SJ Berwin, Brussels, Belgium

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