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A year ago, AU and EU held their sixth summit, in Brussels. Whereas the sentiments afterwards were optimistic on the EU-side – mainly because it had rolled out their Global Gateway initiative to be financed with 150 billion €, Africans were disappointed: Europe had made promises, as always, but discussions were still not on an equal level, issues like migration, Covid 19, and even security had been put aside. The summit results were immediately overshadowed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, whose spill over effects continue to affect EU-Africa relations. The war has devastating effects on food and fuel security across Africa, deepening existing food crisis, driving millions more into poverty, triggering protests and political instability across the continent and increasing the risk of long-lasting armed conflicts, in the Sahel. Africans view EU sanctions on Russia as exacerbating Africa´s food security and economic problems. EU funding for Ukraine fuel concerns that financial promises made to African countries may no longer hold. Georg Lennkh will discuss with Philomena Apiko and Franz Schmidjell about the economic, social and political impact of the war in Ukraine on African countries, on EU- Africa relations and about what this means for Europe.
Philomena Apiko, Head of the EU – AU Department at the Centre for Africa – Europe relations. She specialises in AU-EU relations, AU reforms, trade and regional integration, gender, governance, democracy and human rights, and international law and justice.
Franz Schmidjell, Deputy Director of Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation VIDC
Moderation: Georg Lennkh, Ambassador ret., former Special Representative for Africa of the Austrian Government, Member of the Board of Bruno Kreisky Forum