The recent postponement of the sixth AU-EU summit until 2021, when it is likely to fall under Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU, offers a chance to reflect on the influence of CEE-Africa ties on efforts to agree successors to two key guiding structures for Africa-EU relations – the Cotonou Agreement with the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States and the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) with the African Union.
CEE and African partners have an opportunity to align these processes with the priorities of their evolving relationships. Relations between countries in CEE and Africa re-emerged with the accession of some CEE countries to the European Union, drawing upon historical links.
At this virtual event which will launch a new Africa Programme research paper, panellists will explore how African and CEE countries influence the structure and institutions of Africa-EU relations, and how the long-term landscape for CEE-Africa partnership – including the COVID-19 recovery in both regions – could prosper through these channels.
This event will also be broadcast live on the Africa Programme Facebook page.
This event is supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
Dr Stefan Cibian, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House; Author, Central & Eastern Europe and EU–Africa relations after 2020
Jędrzej Czerep, Senior Analyst, Middle East & Africa Programme, Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM)
Faten Aggad, Senior Advisor to the African Union High Representative on AU-EU Negotiations
Jonas Jonsson, Head of Division, Pan African Affairs, European External Action Service
Chair: Tighisti Amare, Assistant Director, Africa Programme, Chatham House