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Friday, 04 March 2016

The future of the ACP-EU Relations: What role for the AU?

The Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA), between the Group of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific States and the European Union with its 28 member states will expire in 2020. This cooperation framework dating back to 2000 was born out of the successive Lome Conventions (1975-2000). On 8 December 2015, the African Union Commission (AUC) in co-operation with the independent think tank European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) organised a special “Fridays of The Commission” conference-debate at the headquarters of the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa. The event aimed to stimulate an informal debate among Addis based actors (AUC, RECs, EU Embassies, NGOs, researchers and academics) on the historic ACP-EU partnership. The meeting also aimed to explore options for the future Post Cotonou 2020 taking into account the rapidly changing global and African contexts including the emergence of the African Union, as the leading pan African institution, and the growing role of the Regional Economic Communities (RECs). So far the debate on the future of the ACP-EU partnership has been primarily led by the EU and ACP institutions in Brussels. But this is a debate that also concerns the African Union (AU) as the large majority of ACP countries are also member of the AU.

Source: African Union Commission