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EUEI Advisory Board Meeting, November 2017

EUEI Advisory Board Meeting, November 2017




8 November, 2017




One 8 November the EUEI Advisory Board met in Brussels to discuss major forthcoming events in the energy and development space. Participants from the European Commission, EU member states, invited international organisations and initiatives, and implementing agencies convened for the day to discuss and align their positions and activities on a number of topics.

Preparations for the 5th AU-EU Summit, taking place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire from 29 to 30 November, were the main agenda topic, as was the latest work towards the 6th EU-Africa Business Forum, taking place on 27 November. The Forum will convene some 700 participants expected and will focus on supporting youth and female entrepreneurship, as well as innovative financing instruments. High-level sessions, thematic exchanges, workshops and exhibitions will make for a comprehensive agenda, and will also see a first celebration of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership’s 10th anniversary

At the EUEI meeting participants also discussed recent developments and next steps pertaining to important international initiatives, including the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative, SEforALL, next year’s Vienna Energy Forum, and UN activities to support the review of Sustainable Development Goal 7. 

The meeting was rounded off with updates from both the European Commission and the EU member states about their current energy development cooperation activities. These included for the Commission the operationalisation of the External Investment Plan, the latest activities of ElectriFi, Covenant of Mayors and the RECP, and initiatives by DG Energy and DG Research and Innovation – in conjunction with DG DEVCO – around COP23, energy on islands and research partnerships with Africa. A number of EU member states also reported on their activities, with Germany speaking about COP23, Austria presenting plans for energy development cooperation during its forthcoming Council Presidency, and the Czech Republic providing information on the private sector seminar on energy to be held shortly.

EUEI members plan to meet again early in 2018 to discuss and coordinate further on their work, notably on the SDG7 review process.



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