Report on Africa APPG Visit to EU Headquarters in Brussels

March 2012

This is a report following on from the Africa APPG's  visit to Brussels in January to investigate the political relationship between Africa and the EU.  Nine Parliamentarians, as well as RAS Director Richard Dowden and APPG Coordinator Victoria Crawford, met MEPs and African Ambassadors at the European Parliament, and other high ranking officials at the European Commission, External Action Service.The report of the visit included a number of key questions for future consideration, and we were pleased to be able to share this with the House of Lords EU sub-Committee on External Affairs, which is conducting an inquiry on a similar topic.  The APPG has hosted a couple of follow-up meetings to this visit, including a roundtable for parliamentarians and parliamentary staff with Nick Westcott, EU Managing Director for Africa. We plan to follow the visit to the EU with a visit to the African Union in Addis Ababa in 2013.