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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Africa and the European Union: a partnership for the 21st century

  SAIIA
Africa and the European Union: a partnership for the 21st century ©SAIIA/ Riona Judge McCormack
On 9 April 2014, His Excellency Ambassador Roeland van de Geer, Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation in Pretoria, addressed SAIIA members on 'Africa and the European Union: a partnership for the 21st century'. In an engaging discussion with the audience, the Ambassador covered issues such as the recent EU-Africa Summit, the history of South Africa-EU relations, the expansion of the EU, migration and immigration law, and the situation in Crimea.

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Download the  pdf  speech by His Excellency Ambassador Roeland van de Geer, 'Africa and the European Union: a partnership for the 21st century.' (187.21 kB)

View all photos of the event on the SAIIA Facebook page.

Read an article by
Independent Newspapers on the Ambassador's speech, "Zuma’s absence from summit annoys" (11 April 2014)

Read an article by SABC on the Ambassador's speech, "EU injects billions to boost Africa's development" (10 April 2014(

Event background

On April 2 and 3, the Africa - European Union Summit will take place in Brussels. During the Summit, African and European Heads of State and Government will discuss the partnership between the two neighbouring continents, thereby paying attention to political cooperation, peace and security, development cooperation and trade and investment.

Ambassador Roeland van de Geer will review the main outcomes of the Summit, discuss trends in EU Africa relations and give his perspective on priority areas for future cooperation between Africa and Europe.  Attached please find His Excellency Ambassador Roeland van de Geer’s biography.

Event details

Date:           Wednesday, 9 April  2014
Time:          16:45 for 17:00-18:30 followed by light refreshments
Venue:        Villa Sterne, 212 Johann Rissik Drive, Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria