The Summits of Heads of States and Governments take place traditionally every three years alternatively in Africa and Europe. These Summits take stock of the progress made in the implementation of commitments made and provide political guidance for further work.
The 5th Africa Union-European Union will be held on 29-30 November in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.
1st Summit, Cairo, Egypt, 2000
The 1st Africa-Europe Summit took place in Cairo on 3-4 April 2000, under the aegis of the OAU and the EU. It was the first meeting at the continental level between European and African leaders. With the adoption in the Cairo Declaration and its Action plan, Leaders expressed their commitment to come together to give a new strategic dimension to the global partnership between Africa and Europe, in a spirit of equality, respect, alliance and cooperation.
- Cairo Declaration
- Action Plan
2nd Summit, Lisbon, Portugal, 2007
The 2nd Summit took place in Lisbon on 9 December 2007. The Heads of State and Governments of Africa and the EU adopted the first ever Joint Africa-EU Strategy and an Action Plan for 2008-2010, with the aim to put Africa-EU relations on a new and equal footing in order to address together the challenges and opportunities of common interest.
- Summit Declaration
- Joint Africa-EU Strategy
- First Action Plan (2008-2010)
- Key deliverables of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (2010)
List of side events (Lisbon, Portugal):
- Europe-Africa Trade Union Summit, 26-27 October 2007
- Europe-Africa civil society forum, 15-17 November 2007
- Africa-Europe Youth Summit, 4-7 December 2007
- NGO Forum on Human Rights, 6-7 December 2007
- EP/PAP Inter-parliamentary meeting, 7 December 2007
- EU-Africa Business Summit, 7-8 December 2007
- Meeting of the Delegation of European and African Mayors, 7 December 2007
- Alternative Summit ‘Afrique-Europe alternatives’, 7-9 December 2007
3rd Summit, November 2010, Tripoli, Libya
The 3rd Africa-EU Summit took place on 29-30 November in Tripoli, Libya. The Heads of State and Governments of Africa and the EU adopted the "Tripoli declaration", and an Action Plan for 2011-2013, (re)committing to seize together new opportunities for broader and mutually beneficial initiatives. The declaration reflected the determinacy to progress in the identified priority areas of cooperation and towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals in Africa.
List of side events (Tripoli, Libya):
- EU-Africa Business Forum (EABF), 26-27-28 November 2010
- Parliamentary pre-summit, 27 November 2010
- Africa-EU Youth Event, 26-27-28 November 2010
- Urban Exhibition of Contemporary African Artistic Practices: Visionary Africa, November 2010 in Tripoli, Libya, in January 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in February-March 2011 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
- Conference on higher education, 23-24 November 2010 (Cape Town, South Africa).
- High Level Conference on Better Training for Safer Food (BTSF), 18-19 November 2010 (Brussels, Belgium).
- Euro-Africa Week on ICT Research & e-Infrastructures, 7-10 December (Helsinki, Finland).
4th EU-Africa Summit, April 2014, Brussels, Belgium
The 4th EU-Africa Summit was held on 2 &3 April 2014 in Brussels, Belgium, under the theme "Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace". The Heads of State and Governments of Africa and the EU adopted the "Brussels Declaration" and a Roadmap for 2014-2017, with the objective of addressing common challenges and bringing concrete benefits to citizens of both continents in accordance with the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES).
- 4th EU-Africa Summit - Declaration
- 4th EU-Africa Summit - Roadmap 2014-2017
- Declaration on migration and mobility
- List of summit participants
List of associated events to the Summit (Brussels, Belgium):
List of side and preparatory events:
- EU-Africa Business Forum, 31 Mar, 2014 to 1 Apr, 2014
- EP-PAP Parliamentary Summit, 31 Mar, 2014 to 1 Apr, 2014
- Africa-EU Youth Leaders' Summit, 31 Mar, 2014 to 1 Apr, 2014
- Africa-EU Civil Society Forum, 23 Oct, 2013 to 25 Oct, 2013
- Meeting of the Economic and social actors, 5 March 2013
- Bozar Roundtable event: Visionary Urban Africa, 3 April, 2014
- Africa-EU High Level Seminar on Climate Change, 1 Apr, 2014
- Africa-EU Meeting of economic and social actors, 5 March, 2014
- Africa-EU Energy Partnership High Level Meeting, 12 Feb, 2014 to 13 Feb, 2014
- High-level meeting of the EU-Africa High-Level Policy Dialogue on Science, Technology and Innovation, 28 Nov, 2013 to 29 Nov, 2013
- Dedicated Fridays of the AU Commission on Africa-EU Dialogue
- Lunchtime Seminars on the future of the Africa-EU Partnership. Between November 2013 and March 2014 the European Commission organized a series of informal seminars aimed at enabling interested actors and stakeholders to engage each other on the future of the Africa-EU partnership
- 1st Lunch-time Seminar: Research and Development, 3 Dec, 2013
- 2nd Lunch-time Seminar: Africa EU Dialogue & Negotiations in Global Fora, 10 Dec, 2013
- 3rd Lunch-time Seminar: Future Relations and Continental Integration, 12 Dec, 2013
- 4th Lunch-time Seminar: Democratic Governance and Fighting Corruption, 20 Jan, 2014
- 5th Lunch-time Seminar: Peace and Security, 25 Feb, 2014
- 6th Lunch-time Seminar: Key messages for the IV Africa-EU Summit, 6 Mar, 2014