Upcoming EU-Africa Summit in Abidjan
The 5th EU-Africa Summit is scheduled to take place in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on 28-29 November 2017:
The central theme for the Summit will be ‘Youth’, which has become a key priority for Europe as well as Africa, in a context of African demographic trends creating major challenges for young people in terms of migration, security and employment.
The Africa-EU Partnership is adapting to these changing realities through constant formal dialogue between African and European counterparts at different levels.
- EU-Africa Summits of Heads of States and Governments take place every three years alternatively in Africa and Europe. These Summits take stock of the progress made in the implementation of commitments made and provide political guidance for further work.
- The 5th EU-Africa Summit central theme will be ‘Youth’, which has become a key priority for Europe as well as Africa, in a context of African demographic trends creating major challenges for young people in terms of migration, security and employment.On 4 May 2017, the European Commission and the EEAS issued a Joint Communication that sets out the vision and strategic interests of the EU in a reinforced partnership with Africa:‘2017 is a defining year for the partnership between Europe and Africa. In a rapidly changing global landscape, Africa is experiencing profound economic, political and societal changes, and its importance to the internal and external dimensions of Europe’s security and prosperity is becoming ever more obvious. Europe and Africa have much to gain from increased political and economic ties, but also a lot to lose if they fail to act.’
As part of the summit preparations took place during the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, they were also explicitly mentioned in the respective programme:
‘The Maltese Presidency values the importance of the EU’s strategic partnership with Africa. In this context, the Maltese Presidency will support preparations for the 5th EU-Africa Summit which will take place in November 2017 in Abidjan, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire. The Summit will present an excellent opportunity to further strengthen our partnership to address common challenges and opportunities. It will serve to build upon the continuing dialogue on peace and security, development, creating a better future for Africa’s youth, migration and the fight against terrorism.’