Political Framework Documents

Europe and Africa have a long‐term, broad and evolving relationship of cooperation across a diversity of social, cultural, economic and political domains.

Two main frameworks govern the Africa-EU relationship:

  • the Cotonou Agreement signed in Cotonou on 23 June 2000, was concluded for a 20-year period from 2000 to 2020. It is the most comprehensive partnership agreement between developing countries and the EU. Since 2000, it has been the framework for EU's relations with 79 countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP; and
  • the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) adopted by the African and European Heads of State at the Lisbon Summit in 2007.

Below you find a list of relevant documents concerning the Africa-EU partnership (in order of publication date, including a link to each document):

cover page EU-Africa Roadmap 2016

Roadmap towards a jointly funded EU-Africa Research & Innovation Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture
published 2016

At the third meeting of the EU Africa High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) senior officials adopted a roadmap towards an Africa-EU research and innovation partnership on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture. This research and innovation partnership has been jointly designed and is expected to be jointly governed and funded. It will enhance the coordination of Research and Innovation (R&I) programmes relevant to food and nutrition security in Europe and Africa.

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Expert Input to the 'Roadmap towards a jointly funded EU-Africa Research & Innovation Partnership', 2015
published 2015

Senior officials of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on Science, Technology and Innovation agreed to work towards a long term jointly funded and co-owned Research and Innovation Partnership (R&IP) with, as a first priority, the role of science, technology and innovation (STI) in ensuring 'Food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture' (FNSSA). The HLPD tasked an expert working group (EWG) to prepare an input to a roadmap setting out the basis for a joint research agenda and short, medium and long-term-milestones for implementation.

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Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 (STISA-2024)
published 2015

The AU Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 (STISA-2024) places science, technology and innovation at the epicentre of Africa’s socio-economic development and growth. It is the first of the ten-year incremental phasing strategies to respond to the demand for science, technology and innovation to impact across critical sectors such as agriculture, energy, environment, health, infrastructure development, mining, security and water, among others.

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4th EU-Africa Summit - Joint Declaration, 2014
published 2014

The 4th EU-Africa Summit took place in Brussels on 2-3 April 2014. It brought together more than 60 EU and African leaders, and a total of 90 delegations, to discuss the future of EU-Africa relations and reinforce links between the two continents. In the Joint Declaration the close relationship between EU and Africa is emphasized.

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 4th EU-Africa Summit – Roadmap 2014-2017
published 2014

The 4th EU-Africa summit agreed on the improvement of the JAES implementation The cooperation should be guided by a results-oriented approach. The summit therefore adopted this roadmap to frame continent-to-continent cooperation for the period 2014-2017. This document sets out key priorities and areas for joint actions, where Africa and the EU have mutual interests.

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Terms of Reference for an Expert Working Group on Food and Nutrition Security, and Sustainable Agriculture, 2013
published 2014

At the second meeting of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on Science, Technology and Innovation in Brussels on 28-29 November 2013 the senior officials agreed to work towards a long term, jointly-funded and co-owned research and innovation partnership. The particular focus is laid on promoting food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture as a first priority. In view of this, the decision was taken to set up an Expert Working Group (EWG) that would be tasked to prepare a roadmap setting out short-, medium-, and long-term milestones in support of this goal.

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EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialog on Science, Technology and Innovation – Conclusions, 2013
published 2013 | French version

The second meeting of the EU-Africa High-Level Policy Dialogue on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) was held in Brussels on 28 and 29 November 2013. The senior officials agreed on that the EU-Africa HLPD should become the key platform for priority-setting and implementation design in the domain of STI in the future JAES.

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EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialog on Science, Technology and Innovation – The Way Forward-Annex, 2013
published 2013 | French version

The ‘way forward’ sets out the short-, medium- and long-term steps and milestones towards the implementation of a long-term jointly funded research and innovation partnership (flagship) between the EU and Africa. As a first priority area of cooperation, 'food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture' was chosen.

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EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialog on Science, Technology and Innovation – Terms of Reference, 2013
published 2013 | French version

The Terms of Reference for the Senior Officials Meeting of the Africa-EU Science, Technology and Innovation High Level Policy Dialogue were modified and adopted by the plenary session of the 2nd EU-Africa HLPD in Brussels on November 28-29, 2013.

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EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialog on Science, Technology and Innovation – Concept Note, 2013
published 2013 | French version

The Concept Note drafts the background and purpose for the second meeting of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on Science, Technology and Innovation in Brussels on 28-29 November 2013. It outlines the focus and the expected outcome of the meeting, and gives detailed information on the focus area: STI in promoting food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture.

Mapping Study – Mapping of best practice regional and multi-country cooperative STI initiatives between Africa and Europe 2008–2012
published 2014 | French version

The overall objective of this study is to assess existing bi regional STI cooperation initiatives and to identify successful, best practice models of cooperation between Africa and Europe, as well as to identify gaps and effective financial mechanisms that have a positive impact. The outcomes will provide a base of evidence for policy choices and financing decisions for future cooperation and will form the basis of a new action plan for Africa Europe STI cooperation.

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Africa-EU-SOM minutes, 2011 
published 2011

These minutes conclude the outcome of the first EU-Africa Senior Official Meeting on Science, Technology and Innovation held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 10 and 11 October 2011.

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Joint Africa EU Strategy Action Plan 2011-2013, Introductory Part, 2010
published 2010

Heads of State at the Summit in Tripoli adopted a new Action Plan for the period of 2011-2013. On top of the eight partnerships – Peace and Security, Democratic Governance and Human Rights, Regional Economic Integration, Trade and Infrastructure, Millennium Development Goals, Climate Change and Environment, Energy, Migration, Mobility and Employment, Science, Information Society and Space – the Second Action Plan for the implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy covers crosscutting issues of coordination, the institutional architecture and working arrangements, and financing.

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3rd Africa-EU Summit – Tripoli Declaration, 2010
published 2010

The 'Tripoli Declaration' presents the second Action Plan (2011-2013) of the Joint EU-Africa Strategy, calling for reinforced cooperation in eight thematic partnerships that were defined in the first Action Plan (2008-2010). In particular, the second Action Plan will stress the importance of a more dynamic private sector and state the leaders' readiness to cooperate with stakeholders across Europe and Africa as well as international partners to achieve progress in all areas of cooperation.

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Joint Statement on Implementation of the EU-AU Partnership for Science, Information Society and Space, 2008
published 2008

As respond to the jointly identified priorities in the Africa-EU Partnership on Science, Information Society and Space were 19 “lighthouse projects” identified as framework for the implementation of the EU-Africa Partnership and its Action Plan.

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Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES)
adopted 2007

The Joint Africa-EU Strategy provides the overarching long-term framework for Africa-EU relations and is implemented through jointly identified priorities, which are of common interest to both the EU and Africa.

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2nd EU Africa Summit – Lisbon Declaration, 2007
published 2007

The Joint EU-Africa Strategy was adopted at the Lisbon Summit in 2007. It was the second Summit between heads of state and government from EU and Africa that was held in Lisbon on 8-9 December 2007. The first summit was held in Cairo in 2000.

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cover page of the Cotonou agreement brochure

Cotonou Agreement
signed 2000, revised 2005 and 2010

The Cotonou Agreement is the most comprehensive partnership agreement between developing countries and the EU. Since 2000, it has been the framework for EU's relations with 79 countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). In 2010, ACP-EU cooperation has been adapted to new challenges such as climate change, food security, regional integration, State fragility and aid effectiveness.

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