From policy to implementation
Europe and Africa have a long-term relationship and areconnected byhistory, culture, strong trade linksandcooperation programmes. Recently, European and Africanleadersrecognised itwastime to reassesstheir relation-ship and transform itinto realpoliticalpartnership. Theresultisthe EU-Africa StrategicPartnership thatlaysouta number ofselected priorityareasand activities.One ofthese isthe Africa-EU EnergyPartnership thatwillstrengthen existing Africa-EU actionsand dialogue onenergyaccessand energysecurity.Together, Africa and the EU aim to create:•A more structured and effective Africa-EU dialogue onaccessto energyservicesand energysecurity.•Improved accessto reliable, secure, affordable,climate friendlyand sustainable energyservicesfor both continents.•Increased European and African investmentsinenergyinfrastructure in Africa, including promotion of renewable energyand energyefficiency.
Making ithappen – an integratedframeworkofEU instruments
The Africa-EU EnergyPartnership willbe a politicalframe-workfor stimulating existing and new funding instru-mentsasdescribed below.
The EU-Africa Partnershipon Infrastructure – interconnecting Africa
The EU-Africa Infrastructure Partnership waslaunched in2007. Itfocuseson cross-border regionaland nationalinfrastructure. For energy, the Partnership facilitatesinvestmentsin cross-border interconnections, grid exten-sion and ruraldistribution, in order to improve accesstosustainable and affordable energyservices.The Infrastructure Partnership respondsto the develop-mentgoalsofthe African Union and itsNew EconomicPartnership for Africa'sDevelopment. The EuropeanInvestmentBank(EIB) ismanaging a trustfund setupasone ofthe financialinstrumentsofthe Partnership.The Fund receivesgrantfunding from the EuropeanDevelopmentFund and additionalMember Statescontri-butionsofapproximately€100 million. The EIB willmobilise loansfour to five timesthisamount.