Political Meetings, European Commission, External relations and foreign affairs
On 25 and 26 April, President Barroso and six European commissioners will meet their African Union (AU) counterparts in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This college-to-college meeting will launch the preparations of the EU-Africa Summit to take place in April 2014 and will be an opportunity to take a fresh look at the EU-African Union strategic relationship.
The EU and AU are working jointly on a broad range of areas to be discussed during this meeting such as peace and security, education, health, agriculture, trade, climate change and science and technology.
The topics for the plenary meeting will also include an exchange on the post-2015 development framework.
The Commission College meets at regular intervals with its African Union counterpart. The EU-AU relationship is very close and is guided by the joint strategy between the two organisations. This Joint Strategy, which was adopted by Heads of State and Government from Africa and Europe at the Lisbon Summit in December 2007 puts EU-Africa relations on a new footing, based on the pursuit of shared values, common interests and strategic objectives.
On 26 April, Commissioners Piebalgs (Development), De Gucht (Trade), Georgieva (International cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response), Hedegaard (Climate action), Cioloş (Agricultural and rural development) and Šemeta (Taxation and customs Union, audit and anti-fraud)) will have meetings with their counterparts. These cluster meetings are preceded by a plenary meeting. President Barroso will have a bilateral meeting with Chairperson Dlamini-Zuma. In the margins, President Barroso will also meet with the Prime Minister of Ethiopia.
On 23 April at 11.00: Technical briefing off-the-record at the Berlaymont press room in Brussels.