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POLITICS – The European and African Union Summit opens on 17 February 2022 in Brussels

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The leaders of the European Union and the African Union will meet on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 February 2022 in Brussels on the occasion of the 6th summit between the two organizations. 

Thursday 17 and Friday 18 February are the dates set for the next International Summit of the European Union and the African Union. It will be in Brussels, in the buildings of the European Council.

This follows the AU-EU summit held on 29-30 November 2017 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, where a joint declaration was adopted setting out common priorities for the EU-Africa partnership in four strategic areas. These included economic opportunities for youth, peace and security, mobility and immigration, and cooperation on governance. 

At the Brussels summit, leaders should discuss how both continents can strengthen prosperity and tools and solutions to promote stability and security through a renewed architecture for peace and security.
Several thematic roundtables are also planned on the following themes:
* Financing for growth
* Health systems and vaccine production
* Agriculture and sustainable development
* Education, culture and vocational training, migration and mobility
* Support for the private sector and economic integration
* Peace, security and governance

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Climate change and energy transition, digital and transportation [connectivity and infrastructure]
The Heads of State or Government of the EU and the AU will participate in the round tables with a group of experts. A joint declaration on a common vision for 2030 should be adopted by the participants.

The Heads of State or Government of the EU and the AU will participate in the round tables with a group of experts. A joint declaration on a common vision for 2030 should be adopted by the participants.

The EU remains the largest multilateral partner (EU-Africa trade increased by 20% between 2016 and 2020 to reach €225 billion), but on a bilateral level, China remains at the top of the ranking (Its trade volume with Africa alone was $167.8 billion from January to November 2020, according to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce). 

       

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