An EU-Africa Troika ministerial meeting was held on 20 and 21 November at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, in the framework of the three-year Africa-EU Partnership defined in Lisbon in December 2007. The Meeting was co-chaired by Mr Bernard K. Membe, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania and Chairperson of the African Union Executive Council, and Mr Bernard Kouchner, French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, under the Presidency-in-office of the European Union.
The Meeting was aimed at making an initial assessment of the implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy and the first Action Plan which includes eight Partnerships on Peace and Security, Democratic Governance and Human Rights, the Millennium Development Goals, Trade and Regional Integration, Energy, Climate Change, Migration, and Science, Information Society and Space.
The implementation of the Partnership on Peace and Security of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy was examined on 21 November in a special meeting enlarged to the Defence Ministers of the current Chair of the African Union and the Presidency-in-Office of the European Union.
The Meeting aims to help to make headway in the three Priority Actions of the Africa-EU Partnership on Peace and Security aimed at strengthening the Africa-EU political dialogue and relations with the African regional organizations as regards peace and security challenges, fully operationalizing the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), and examined the conditions for funding African Union peace support operations.
In parallel with the Meeting, the Ministers also took part in the Initiating Conference (IC) of the AMANI AFRICA - EURORECAMP training cycle that will ensure, by 2010, the operational validation of the African Standby Force which is central to the African Peace and Security Architecture.
At the same time, during 20-21 November 2008, the Second Meeting of the Steering Committee of the Africa- EU Partnership on Infrastructure took place.