The Official visit of Mrs. Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission to meet the new leadership of the African Union Commission

March 17, 2017

The Official visit of Mrs. Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission to meet the new leadership of the African Union Commission

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Joint Media Advisory

 

Press Point

 

INVITATION TO THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MEDIA

 

 

WHAT:           Press Point in relation to the official visit of Mrs. Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission and Mr Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, to meet the new leadership of the African Union Commission

 

 

WHO:             H. E. Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, and Mrs. Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs will address the journalist.

 

 

WHEN:          Friday, 17th March 2017.

 

TIME:             12:45 PM

 

WHERE:       African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Julius Nyerere Conference Hall

 

OBJECTIVES:

The objective of the Press Point is to highlight the first high level official meeting between the incoming African Union Commission and the European Union.

The high-level meeting will discuss AU-EU relations, with particular reference to the  5th Africa-EU Summit to be held in Abidjan on November 2017. The overarching theme of the Summit is foreseen to be YouthThe Summit will be an opportunity responds to youth needs in the continent raising the level of ambition outlining concrete initiatives favouring a better future for next generations.

The meeting will also discuss ways to deepen the institutional dialogue between the African Union and the European Union and current crisis situations in Africa.

 

WHY:             In a time of significant change in the world and in the African Continent, the meeting aims at adjusting AU-EU common action to address the changing landscape in Africa. Boosting opportunities and reaping the benefit of the demographic dividend are essential for Africa’s and the EU’s prosperity and security.

 

 

PARTICIPANTS:     EU HRVP Mogherini, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, AU Commissioners and staff;

BACKGROUND:     HRVP Mogherini and Commissioner Mimica are the first official visit the newly elected AU Commission meets. Together  with the forthcoming Heads of states Summit and the annual Commission to Commission meeting, this is the highest level political meeting of the Africa-EU Partnership  The meeting will engage the new AUC and EU leadership in a political and policy dialogue giving new impetus to  partnership in the future.

AU has developed a Fifty (50)-year Agenda known as 'Agenda 2063' and its First Ten (10)-Year Implementation Plan adopted at the Johannesburg Summit in June 2015 as a framework to accelerate the integration of the continent.

The Joint Africa-EU Strategy is structured to deliver on shared challenges facing both continents, along with the 5 priority areas of the 2014-2017 Roadmap: (i) peace and security; (ii) democracy, good governance and human rights; (iii) human development; (iv) sustainable and inclusive development and growth and continental integration; (v) global and emerging issues.

The Joint Africa-EU Strategy remains the strategic political reference of EU-Africa relations. Since its adoption in 2007 it has provided the framework for ever deeper and broader cooperation between the EU and Africa well beyond the traditional eras of development cooperation and trade.

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Media contacts:

Mrs Tankou Azaa Esther Yambou, Head of Information Division: Directorate of Information and Communication, African Union Commission, Addis Ababa Ethiopia Tel: +251(0) 911361185, E-mail: YambouE@african-union.org

Mr Biruk Feleke, Press & Information Officer, Delegation of the European Union to the African Union, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Tel: +251(0) 911514809 (biruk.feleke@eeas.europa.eu).