Role of the EU delegation to the African Union
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The EU delegation to the AU will:
- help coordinate EU policy and action relating to the AU, and relations between the broader partner group and the AU;
- maintain close contact with the AU Commission and its other institutions, and the representative offices of African sub-regional organisations and AU countries;
- help, advise and support the AU on request, in all areas outlined in the Africa-EU strategy (e.g. development and implementation);
- monitor and report on all relevant AU developments;
- assist the EU's political dialogue and broader relationship with the AU.
The African Union (AU) is a key international partner to the EU, and a strategic player in managing crises and promoting peace, stability, democracy, human rights and development on the continent.
In some areas, including agriculture and environment, the AU acts as a standard setter, while in others (e.g. migration) it increasingly acts as spokesperson for Africa.
The Joint Africa-EU strategy (2007) sets out both sides' intention to move beyond donor/recipient models towards working together on jointly identified, mutual and complementary interests.
EU support under the strategy will increasingly work towards Africa-led and -owned approaches, strengthening the primary responsibility of African governments for the issues in question.