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Friday, 07 May 2010

EU Development Commissioner visits the African Union

Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development, is on his first official visit to Ethiopia on 6 to 8 May 2010. He will visit the headquarters of the African Union where he will be welcomed by Mr Jean Ping, Chairperson of the African Union Commission and other Commissioners of the African Union. He will meet Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and other government Ministers, as well as representatives of Ethiopian civil society. At the EU-Africa Summit in Lisbon in December 2007, the two continents forged a new partnership aimed at facing common challenges together. The Joint EU-Africa Strategy enables the two continents to work together on global issues ranging from climate change and energy, to migration, peace and security, trade and regional integration. Beyond Institutions, the strategy involves civil society and stresses the important people-to-people links. The next EU-Africa Summit is scheduled to take place on 29-30 November 2010. Preparations include a meeting between two Commissions in early June. The Summit should agree a new Action Plan for the years 2011 and beyond, building on the successes of the 8 Partnerships. Commissioner Piebalgs said: "Europe's relationship with Africa is genuinely geo-strategic. The continent-to-continent partnership goes beyond aid and beyond development – it is a framework for Europe and Africa to address together global challenges".

Source: European Commission