Established in 2007 as one of the partnerships under the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) is a long-term framework for strategic dialogue between Africa and the EU aimed at sharing knowledge, setting political priorities and developing joint programmes on the key energy issues and challenges in the 21st century.
The overall objective of the AEEP is to improve access to secure, affordable and sustainable energy for both continents, with a special focus on increasing investment in energy infrastructure in Africa. To achieve this, the AEEP Steering Group - currently comprised of the European Commission, the African Union Commission (AUC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Egypt, Germany and Italy - entrusted the EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF) with providing the AEEP Secretariat.
The AEEP Secretariat works towards fostering strategic political dialogue and networking between Europe and Africa. Thanks to the Secretariat’s support, the AEEP is perceived as a long-term framework for structured co-operation between the two continents on energy issues of mutual strategic importance, allowing Africa and Europe to develop a shared vision, common policy approaches and actions.