Individual European countries, and the European Union as a whole, have strong and long-standing historical, economic, cultural, and political relations with the African continent. Today, the European Union is Africa’s most important partner in the areas of trade, development aid, and investment. At the same time, the European Union is also engaged on the continent through its civilian and military instruments of the Common Security and Defence Policy, in order to help keeping peace, preventing conflict and strengthening the capacities and capabilities of African countries in the area of security. Ahead of the upcoming 5th Africa-EU Summit, which is to take place on 29-30 November in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, this conference will take the opportunity to put EU-African relations on the radar, and will assess Belgium’s role and engagement in this wider framework.
Therefore, we have invited two prominent speakers who will cover different aspects of the topic. Firstly, Mr Joaquín Tasso Vilallonga will present us European policy priorities for Africa and the instruments mobilised to advance EU objectives. H.E. Ambassador Jozef Smets will then enlighten us on the Belgian Africa strategy and on how Belgium engages in the European Union’s actions
This conference will take place on Thursday 23 November 2017 at 17:00 hours in the conference centre of the Campus Renaissance (entrance: Rue Hobbema 8, 1000 Brussels). Lectures will be given in English, with simultaneous translation into French or Dutch. Parking is available on the Cinquantenaire esplanade in front of the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History. We are looking forward to welcoming you and kindly ask you to confirm your participation by registering online on the RHID’s website: www.rhid.be
Pre-registration is mandatory to access the premises and must reach us not later than Thursday 16 November 2017.
16:30 : Registration
17:00 : Conference and Q & A
18:30-19:30 : Reception