Expertise on EU-South Africa ties for partnership summit
South Africa and the European Union are meeting on 15 November in Brussels for the seventh Summit of the SA-EU Strategic Partnership.
It is a high-level event with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, and President of the Commission, Jean-Claude Junker, attending.
This EU-SA summit is significant because it is the first one since 2013 despite the partnership calling for annual engagements.
Five key areas are on the agenda: economic, trade and investment cooperation; development cooperation; global challenges such as climate change, migration and human rights; multilateralism and cooperation in multilateral fora; and the situation in the neighbourhoods of each partner.
Our recent research and analysis on EU-Africa relations:
- The SA-EU Strategic Partnership Summit: correcting the compass needle
- SADC EPA: how can the agreement contribute to Lesotho’s agriculture and agro-processing development?
- The SADC EPA – Opportunities in The Agro-Processing Sectors of South Africa and Lesotho
- From Dependency to Partnership: Where are AU-EU Relations Heading?
- EU migration ‘crisis’ and African complicity in migration management
Our free to access journal articles on EU-South Africa ties:
- Situating the European Union within South Africa’s foreign policy calculus
- Economic, trade and development relations between South Africa and the European Union: The end of a strategic partnership? A South African perspective
- The undoing of a unique relationship? Peace and security in the EU–South Africa Strategic Partnership
The following experts are available for comment:
- Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, Chief Executive of SAIIA
- Talitha Bertelsmann-Scott, Regional Observatory head at SAIIA
- Asmita Parshotam, economic diplomacy researcher at SAIIA
For more information or to arrange interviews:
T: +27 (0)11 339-2021