The global pandemic has put into perspective what really matters – our health and food on a sustainable planet. No two continents and their destinies are more closely linked than Europe and Africa. Guided by a green agenda, we must strengthen our partnership to emerge stronger from today’s pandemic and climate crises. Investing in a green transition could deliver many of the jobs and the infrastructure that Africa and Europe need to achieve our visions for Agenda 2063 and the Green Deal. Both our continents have a mutually beneficial opportunity to work together to reset our relationship, and shift investment in favour of more sustainable production and consumption, as well as addressing inequalities, poverty and energy access.
Through its “Debating Africa-EU” series, Friends of Europe is collaborating with the EU to engage its partners and the new EU College of Commissioners around their vision and priorities for EU-Africa cooperation. The series has been timed to take place in the run-up to the AU-EU Summit in October 2020. Following an introduction by the European Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, the second ‘In Conversation With’ in this series takes place on September 10th with the European Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson and the African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, Amani Abou-Zeid with a strategic focus on “Building a greener and fairer future for Africa-Europe”.
- Publication date
- 9 September 2020
- Directorate-General for International Partnerships