The European Business Council for Africa

Date: 27 June 2022, 13:30 (CEST)

Hybrid, Addis Ababa

Only a few months after the African Union (AU)–European Union (EU) Summit in Brussels, the partnership is being tested. The EU’s Strategic Compass seeks a more ambitious and capable security sector in the face of evolving threats. And AU reforms aim to better position the body to deal with new challenges.

In this context, what is the value-add of the EU–AU partnership? How do we prevent marginal differences from affecting our ability to jointly respond to global cross-border challenges? And how do we enlist other strategic partners?

This seminar brings together African and European officials and thinkers to talk about challenges and opportunities presented by today’s political, security and economic crises.

This seminar is co-hosted by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), the European Union Delegation to the African Union and the European Council for Foreign Relations (ECFR).

Moderator: Paul-Simon Handy, ISS Regional Director East Africa and Representative to the AU


  • Nick Westcott, Director, Royal African Society
  • Amb Birgitte Markussen, EU Ambassador to the AU and UNECA – EU’s Strategic Compass
  • Amb Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner, Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security, AU Commission
  • Dr Abdeta Dribssa Beyene, Executive Director, Center for Dialogue, Research and Cooperation
  • Amb Rémi Maréchaux, Ambassador of France
  • Amb Edward Xolisa Makaya, Permanent Representative of South Africa
  • Amb Madeleine Garlick, UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the AU
  • Discussion moderator and concluding remarks: Theodore Murphy, Director, Africa Programme, ECFR


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