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The African Union at 20
On 26 September, the EUISS and the European Council’s Working Party on Africa (COAFR) held their eighteenth meeting to discuss and celebrate a fundamental partner to Europe: the African Union (AU). In light of the 20th anniversary of its launch, following the Organisation of African Unity, the session addressed Africa’s regional integration, peace, and stability in a multipolar world.
Against this background, Toni Haastrup (Stirling University) explored AU key achievements, as well as how AU processes and priorities have evolved, and what the prospects for Africa’s continental body are given current geopolitical developments. Mehari Maru (EUI), on the other hand, focused his intervention on the themes of migration and mobility and how this matters for EU-Africa relations.
Potential entry points for EU-AU relations to foster cooperation and synergies were identified, and participants debated the role of Africa’s unity, voice, and resilience in today’s international affairs.
EUISS-COAFR meetings are coordinated and chaired by Senior Analyst Giovanni Faleg.