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First High Level Meeting
of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership
Vienna, 2010

About the AEEP and the High Level Meeting

AEEP HLM

Africa-EU Energy Partnership

Energy is at the heart of development and a prerequisite for reaching the Millennium Development Goal of halving the number of world’s hungry and poor until 2015.

Meeting our energy needs will be the main challenge of the 21st century.

The world is at a cross-road concerning the future of energy. Where will the energy come from to power economic development and to provide a livelihood and a life in dignity for millions? How vulnerable are our societies and economies when energy prices rise or energy supplies are interrupted? Can we curtail and in future avoid wars over energy? Can we change our energy use to avoid further degradation of our planet and counteract climate change?

A reliable and sustainable energy supply is a major challenge both for Africa and Europe.

Time has come for consciously entering a new path and confidently preparing our future walk - side by side. In Lisbon in December 2007, all African and European Heads of State and their governments agreed to launch the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP), as one of the eight strategic partnerships comprising the Africa-EU Joint Strategy. Under this partnership of equals, the two continents share their knowhow and resources, tune their complementary interests and closely link their policies to meet the energy challenge hand in hand.

First High Level Meeting of the AEEP

The First High Level Meeting, 14-15 September 2010, has been the first of its kind, bringing together leading politicians and decision-makers from Africa and Europe.

The first High Level Meeting of the AEEP has

  • promoted and strengthened the Africa-EU Energy Partnership in Africa and Europe
  • agreed on concrete targets for AEEP’s future work until 2020
  • launched the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) that will open new linkages in the energy-economic sector for industrial trade and business cooperation between Africa and Europe
  • reaffirmed the commitment to enhancing energy security and energy access on both continents
  • reinforced cooperation on energy interconnections within Africa and between Africa and the EU
  • endorsed a road map for the implementation of AEEP’s future actions
  • sent a clear message on energy cooperation between the two continents to the upcoming Africa-EU Summit in November 2010.

The Africa-EU Energy Partnership is supported on the European side by the Co-Chairs Austria and Germany, represented by the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. On the African side, the African Union Commission and Mauritius, represented by the Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities, co-chair the partnership.

What does the Africa-EU Energy Partnership mean to you personally?

I personally believe that the AEEP offers an innovative framework, allowing us to efficiently cooperate with our partners and bringing energy to the people.

H.E. Dr Michael Spindelegger, Federal Minister for European and International Affairs, Republic of Austria

The most important function of the partnership is ...

... finding political solutions for sustainable energy concepts.

H.E. Dr Michael Spindelegger, Federal Minister for European and International Affairs, Republic of Austria

What does the Partnership need for an “energising future”?

Enthusiasm, cooperation and sustainable engagement.

H.E. Dr Michael Spindelegger, Federal Minister for European and International Affairs, Republic of Austria

What does the Africa-EU Energy Partnership mean to you personally?

The Africa-EU Energy Partnership has successfully strengthened the dialogue between Africa and the EU on Energy Access and Energy Security.

H.E. Dirk Niebel, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany

The most important function of the partnership is ...

... to define and pursue common goals in increasing access to energy and promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency.

H.E. Dirk Niebel, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany

What does the Partnership need for an “energising future”?

Continued full commitment of partners in Africa and Europe alike, involving governments, civil society and especially the private sector.

H.E. Dirk Niebel, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany

What impulse do you expect from the First High Level Meeting in Vienna?

Opening up the dialogue and identifying areas of mutual concern.

H.E. Ahmed Muhammad, Minister for Energy and Mines, Eritrea

What impulse do you expect from the First High Level Meeting in Vienna?

To secure political support by adopting a ministrial declaration including recommendations to be submitted to the next Africa-EU Summit planned to be held in November 2010 (…)

Dr. Mohamedain Eltigani Seif-Elnasr, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Zambia

What does the Africa-EU Energy Partnership mean to you personally?

I believe that the EU experience of market integration can be useful to overcome the challenges that Africa will face in this respect. The European Union is a leading capacity in renewable energy, and I hope that we can bring some of that expertise to the benefit of a more sustainable energy sector.

H.E. Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for Development, European Commission

The most important function of the partnership is ...

One important function of the partnership is to increase European and African investments in energy infrastructure and in energy interconnections within Africa and between the two continents.

H.E. Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for Development, European Commission

What does the Partnership need for an “energising future”?

In short, we need an enabling regulatory environment, technical know-how market integration and better financing. As European Commission, we can provide support and assistance in this – together with other governmental actors from both continents.

H.E. Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for Development, European Commission

  • Austrian Development Cooperation, Republic of Austria
  • Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Federal Republic of Germany
  • Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities, Republic of Mauritius
  • Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia