Annual Meeting of African Union and European Commissions
In 2007, the two continents formed the "Africa-EU Strategic Partnership" to jointly address issues of mutual interest, notably on the international stage. Together, Africa and the EU have since been tackling key challenges such as: achieving the Millennium Development Goals, resolving threats to peace and security,promoting democracy or fighting against climate change. On 31 May/1 June the African Union Commission and the European Commission will come together for their annual meeting.
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Africa Union- European Commissions annual meeting
The African Union Commission and the European Commission, the two driving institutions of the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership, come together for the 5th College to College meeting on 31 May and 1 June in Brussels.
The plenary session on 1 June will focus on consolidating democracy, including developments in Northern Africa, and driving economic growth. Various thematic sessions between the EU and African Union Commissioners will allow for exchanges on political, social, environmental and economic matters.
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Partnership Africa- EU
The Strategic Partnership between Africa and the EU pursues common objectives beyond the traditional donor-recipient focus.
The EU is the biggest trading partner for the African continent. In 2009, 36% of total imports from Africa were originated in Europe. In support of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy and its thematic partnerships, the European Commission has committed €24.4 billion through its various financial instruments for the period 2007-2013.