On 25 October 2016, the African Union Peace and Security Council (AU PSC) and the European Union Political and Security Committee (EU PSC) held their 9th Annual Joint Consultative Meeting in Brussels as part of their regular dialogue within the framework of the Africa - EU partnership.
The meeting was co-chaired by Walter Stevens, Chair of the EU PSC, and Catherine Muigai Mwangi, Chair of the AU PSC. The session brought together the ambassadors of EU PSC and AU PSC Member States, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smail Chergui, the deputy Secretary General of the EU External Action Service, Jean-Christophe Belliard, the deputy Director General for International Cooperation and Development at the European Commission Klaus Rudischhauser as well as senior officials from the AU Commission, the European External Action Service, the European Commission and the Council of the EU Secretariat.
The discussion focused on conflict and crisis situations in Africa namely, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Somalia, Sahel/Mali, South Sudan, Burundi and Guinea Bissau, as well as the enhancement of AU and EU cooperation on peace and security issues and the support to AU activities in these areas. A joint communiqué was issued at the end of the meeting.
Preceding this meeting, the AU PSC and the EU PSC held an informal Joint Retreat in Genval, on 24 October 2016. As a platform for informal exchange, talks covered countering terrorism, radicalisation and violent extremism, as well as migration. The co-chairs made conclusions of the joint retreat.
Both meetings took place in a constructive atmosphere, facilitating substantial exchange and the convergence of approaches on different topics. The AU PSC and EU PSC agreed to meet again in 2017 in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia and to undertake a new joint field trip in the region.