The policy briefs are designed to help identify common objectives and interests among African and European decision-makers and provide ideas on how to further reform AU-EU relations. The collaboration is supported by a financial contribution from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
The AU-EU Summit provides an important window of opportunity to set AU-EU relations on a new footing. Demographic change, urbanization, climate change and digitalization will fundamentally transform African societies in the years to come. On the EU side, the anticipated move towards a carbon-free economy and the effects of digitalization and aging societies will also have fundamental effects on European societies. In light of these megatrends and a challenging multilateral setting, cooperation between Europe and Africa is likely to become even more important in the next couple of year. The Summit will provide opportunities for strengthening the AU-EU partnership and also develop new areas for cooperation and a different type of partnership.
Green transitions have the potential to support Africa–Europe cooperation by combining the climate agenda with an innovative socio-economic project for jobs creation and sustainable growth.
Digitalisation will transform and revolutionise our economies and societies, and influence the way we work, live and interact. Digitalisation creates numerous opportunities.
The European Think Tanks Group (ETTG) is a network of European independent think tanks working on EU international cooperation for global sustainable development. This special series is produced by the following ETTG members: the German Development Institute (DIE), European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), and African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET). The paper was published with financial support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Gmbh on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).