The European Union (EU) and the African Union (AU) held their sixth summit this Thursday in the Belgian capital, Brussels, with the aim of promoting a more horizontal relationship on issues concerning security, health, stability and investment.
African Union and European Union strengthen cooperation relations
Since 2017, a meeting with the presence of the leaders of both integration mechanisms has not been held. On this occasion, almost 70 leaders in total attend the meeting, of which 27 belong to the EU and 40 to the AU.
Fostering a new type of relationship is key at the negotiating table. In this regard, the president of Senegal, Macky Sall, said: “Our common ambition, as Africans and Europeans, for this summit is to achieve a renewed, modernized and more action-oriented partnership.”
The 6th European Union African Union summit is taking place on 17th and 18th February in Brussels, Belgium. Join the opening ceremony today at 3pm EAT at https://t.co/2HgAW4N2OB
— African Union (@_AfricanUnion)
February 17, 2022
Sall, who also chairs the AU, argued in an article signed with the president of the European Council, Charles Michel, that the new cooperation would be based on exchange and shared experiences.
In order to streamline the debates, the summit is divided into seven thematic tables. In the opinion of the organizers, this will make it possible to achieve more concrete commitments based on common interests, in matters concerning economic development, peace and security, transportation and connectivity, and economic integration.
While Europe seeks to increase its presence in the African market through large investments in a megaproject called Global Gateway, for the AU the confrontation with Covid-19 is cardinal.
In this sense, the EU promised to distribute around 450 million additional doses of anticovid vaccines. In turn, European leaders hope to cooperate in the production of vaccines in Africa, through a fund of 1,000 million euros.
The African regional instability, after a series of coups d’état, is practically an obligatory matter due to the absence due to suspension of the representatives of the coup governments.