The projects announced today meet priorities identified in the Joint Africa-EU
Strategy and have been designed to complement existing initiatives financed by the EU across Africa.
In 2007, EU and African Heads of State adopted the Joint Africa-EU
Strategy (JAES) as the overarching political framework defining cooperation between the two continents based on a shared vision and common principles.
The Written Declaration highlights the potential of supporting Africa-EU
collaboration in radio astronomy in the EU's next Research and Development Framework Programme, Horizon 2020, and recognises the importance of Science Capacity building within the EU's development agenda, with particular emphasis on the Development Cooperation Instrument.
This position is the fruit of development efforts, investments targeting the human element in addition to pertinent sectoral projects launched by the Kingdom, Ouzzine said in an interview with MAP on the sidelines of the 3rd Africa-EU
summit, which closed on Tuesday in Tripoli.
The ACP Observatory brings together JRC's work on Information and Communication Technologies and geospatial sciences to optimise its input to the Africa-EU
Action Plan and advance sustainable development in ACP countries.
Van Rompuy also raised his concern over the challenges facing Africa-EU
co-operation, citing armed conflicts that continue in several countries, terrorism supplied by networks in both Africa and Europe and climate change, among others.
The second Africa-EU
summit took place in Lisbon, Portugal in 2007 where both sides agreed to move from donorship to partnership and to address together the new challenges and opportunities at the global level.
Of the main development partners, the European Union (EU) does now prioritise electrification, including through its Africa-EU
Expression of Interest for Africa-EU
Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme Finance Facilitator (RECP FF).
The annual College-to-College meetings are held to provide regular political guidance to the Africa-EU
Partnership through political and policy dialogue, on an alternating basis in Brussels and Addis Ababa.
Ironically, the EU-Africa publication Two Unions--One Vision commented: "Much remains to be done at the political and operational level in the run-up to the Africa-EU
Summit in 2014, and both partners need to define the priorities of their cooperation in the years to come.
The forthcoming Africa-EU
Summit is scheduled to take place in Brussels in April 2014.