5th joint consultative meeting between the EU PSC and the AU PSC
The African Union Peace and Security Council and the European Union Political and Security Committee led their fifth consultative meeting in Brussels on 29 May to discuss issues of common concern. The full report of the meeting can be found here.
After the PSC meeting the AU PSC representatives were given a presentation by the European Commission's Development directorate about the African Peace Facility. They also met EU representatives covering the areas of crisis management, civil-military planning, military staff, intelligence analysis and counter-terrorism.
In the margin of the AU PSC's visit to Brussels, the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ramtane Lamamra, met with Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development, Pierre Vimont and Nicholas Westcott, respectively Secretary-General and Managing Director for Africa of the European External Action Service as well as with the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament.
On 30 May, Mr. El-Ghassim Wane, AU Director for Peace & Security met with General Syrèn, Chairperson of the EU Military Committee for a bilateral discussion ahead of Director Wane's presentation to the EU Military Committee. The military representatives of EU Member States were particularly interested in discussing AMANI Africa II, Somalia and funding of the African Peace Facility.
Mr. Pierre Vimont, EEAS Secretary-General met with the group of AU PSC representatives during a briefing where the importance of the EU-AU relationship was stressed on both sides. This meeting was followed by a press conference.