14 kilometres separate Europe from Africa through the Strait of Gibraltar. This geographical proximity goes hand in hand with economic relations, diplomatic exchanges and many common challenges - security and climate in particular. Why are we addressing this relationship today? Because the Cotonou Agreement, which governs political, economic and financial relations between the European Union and 48 sub-Saharan African countries, expires on 29 February 2020. The two continents thus face the question of the partnership they wish to define for the next 20 years, and its level of ambition.
It is now time to put the partnership with the African continent back at the centre of the European agenda. In fact, the current course of negotiations does not seem to be up to the task.
In this context, and beyond the formal Cotonou framework, Institut Montaigne has brought together African and European actors from the public, private sectors and civil society to fully consider an ambitious partnership, based on clear priorities. A new vision of Europe-Africa relations must materialize.