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First High-Level Meeting of the Africa EU Energy Partnership

First High-Level Meeting of the Africa EU Energy Partnership




14 September, 2010 to 15 September, 2010




The first High-Level Meeting (HLM) of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) took place on 14-15 September 2010, in Vienna, Austria, to discuss energy access, energy security and renewable energy. The meeting was co-organized by the: African Union (AU) Commission; European Commission (EC); Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, Austria; Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany; and Government of Mauritius. The HLM of the AEEP brought together over 300 participants, including ministers, ambassadors and other high-level decision-makers from 21 European and 23 African countries, and commissioners from the AU and the EU, as well as academics, business leaders and members of civil society from across Africa and Europe.

The High Level Meeting attracted more than 300 participants, thereof more than 20 African and European Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Commissioners and a considerable number of high-level representatives of ministries responsible for energy, Regional Economic Communities, Regional Power Pools and Specialized Institutions as well as international organizations, private sector, civil society and research institutions.

Participants endorsed the Declaration of the First High-Level Meeting of the AEEP consisting of the Political Targets, the Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP), as well as the AEEP Road Map which is a living document. The Declaration also emphasizes the commitment to strengthen the dialogue on energy issues at multiple levels as well as to mobilise adequate resources for the implementation of the objectives of the AEEP.

Emphasizing that the AEEP HLM was the first ministerial meeting of any of the eight African-European partnerships agreed upon in Lisbon in 2007, Irene Freudenschuss-Reichl, Director-General for Development Cooperation, Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, Austria, thanked participants for making it a “resounding success” and officially closed the meeting.

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