Energy was on the agenda as delegates from Africa and Europe met for a restricted Joint Experts Group (mini-JEG) meeting on 9-10 June in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Topics discussed included renewable energy, the planned High-Level Meeting and the future action plan of the Energy Partnership.
Energy experts from both sides started off by discussing the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Co-operation Programme (RECP). They agreed that it should remain part of the Energy Partnership Roadmap and not be developed as a separate entity. The concept note of the RECP will make reference to the renewable energy priorities of the partnership which include hydropower, solar, wind and geothermal, among others.
The High Level Meeting of the Energy Partnership, which was postponed earlier this year due to the volcanic ash cloud over Europe, will now convene on 14 September in Vienna, Austria. Delegates at the mini-JEG meeting were encouraged to promote the event to ensure high level participation from their respective member states – with the African Union promising to promote the event at the upcoming AU Summit in mid-July.
Participants reviewed and agreed on a draft version of the 2nd Action Plan for the Energy Partnership. All further comments on the draft should be submitted by the end of June 2010.
The AU informed the other participants in the meeting about a side event planned for the 3rd Africa -EU Summit to be held in November in Sirte, Libya. It will focus on energy investments. Additionally, African energy ministers are set to hold a meeting in October before the Summit.