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International Issues

Bilateral and regional cooperation

South Africa

In 2007, the EU established a Strategic Partnership with South Africa. The strategic partnership has two main pillars:

  1. enhanced political dialogue on issues of shared interest, the global economy, bilateral trade, and peace and security matters
  2. policy dialogues and sectoral co-operation on a number of areas (environment, science technology, transport, space, etc.).  

The EU-SA Forum on Environment and Sustainable Development was set up in 2007 and has convened on three occasions (2007, 2011 and 2012).  The forum is composed of a Senior Level Policy Dialogue on the environment and a Working Group on climate change, technical co-operation and capacity building.  Themes for co-operation include: climate change, waste management, sustainable consumption and production, biodiversity, technical assistance, environmental governance, as well as North-South and multilateral cooperation. 

Following the Rio+20 Conference, the green economy was added to the list of topics of mutual interest. 

EU-South Africa Joint Cooperation Council reports on progress of environment cooperation

From 2014 onwards South Africa is eligible for support from the Partnership Instrument.