8th College-to-College Meeting: 2 Commissions as Engines of EU Africa Relations

8th College-to-College Meeting: 2 Commissions as Engines of EU Africa Relations

Friday, 08 April, 2016

The annual meeting of the Colleges of the European Commission and the African Union Commission took place on 7 April at the Headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Participants reviewed the progress made since last year’s meeting, discussed common priorities and challenges, and launched preparatory work of the Africa-EU Summit in 2017 in Africa.

The topics were elaborated in detail during the course of a plenary session, co-chaired by the High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini and Chairperson Dlamini-Zuma, and in four parallel sessions. At the closing session, a Joint Communiqué was adopted within the respective competences of the two Commissions.

Participants praised the good atmosphere of the meeting as well as the broad closeness of views and approach between the two Colleges.

The European delegation was led by High Representative/Vice President (VP) Mrs Federica Mogherini and VPs Andrus Ansip and Valdis Dombrovskis, and Commissioners Mimica, Stylianides, Thyssen and Bulc. The African Union Commission was represented by Chairperson Dlamini-Zuma, Deputy Chairperson Erastus Mwencha, and Commissioners Anthony Maruping,  Martial De-Paul Ikounga, Mahmoud Ahmed Ibrahim, Smail Chergui , Aisha L. Abdullahi, Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko and  Fatima Haram Acyl.

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