Two days after meeting with Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn inBrussels, European Union (EU) Commission President José Manuel Barroso and six European commissioners arrived in Addis Abeba to attend the 6th annual college-to college meeting with their counterparts at the African Union (AU). The meeting was held to identify priority issues for discussion at the fourth EU-Africa Summit that will take place in April 2014 inBrussels. The topics for their plenary included a discussion on the EU-Africa Joint Strategy and an exchange on the post-2015 developmental framework.
The Africa-EU partnership began with the first Africa-EU Summit inCairoin 2000, followed by the secondSummitinLisbon,Portugal, in December 2007, after which a Joint Africa-EU strategy and action plan were adopted. The third AU-EU Summit was held inTripoli,Libya, in November 2010. In the past, the EU has allocated 71.7 million dollars to support the capacity building of AU institutions notably the African Union Commission and to assist in institutional reform processes. In addition, the commutative total approved grant from the EU was increased from 20.2 million dollars in 2007 to 446.5 million dollars in 2012, covering 70 projects throughoutAfrica.