European Union - African Union summit, 17-18 February 2022


The heads of state or government of the member states of the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) met for the sixth European Union - African Union summit in Brussels on 17 and 18 February 2022.

The aims of the partnership are solidarity, security, peace and sustainable and sustained economic development and prosperity for the citizens of the two Unions today and in the future, bringing together people, regions and organisations.

The leaders announced an Africa-Europe Investment Package of EUR 150 billion that will support a common ambition for 2030 and AU Agenda 2063. The investment package will help build more diversified, inclusive, sustainable and resilient economies.

(European Council) 

Green Deal: EU invests over €110 million in LIFE projects for environment and climate in 11 EU countries


Today, the Commission is announcing an investment of over €110 million into LIFE programme integrated projects for environmental and climate protection, selected after a call for proposals covering the year 2020. The funding will support new major environmental and climate projects in 11 EU countries - Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland and Slovenia. The projects contribute to a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and support the European Green Deal's objectives of making the EU climate neutral and zero-pollution by 2050. 

(European Commission) 

Outcome of discussions between European Trade Ministers


The European Trade Ministers met in Marseille on Sunday, 13 and Monday, 14 February, under the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union. This informal meeting determined strategic guidelines for the EU’s trade policy action and the issue of the future of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the deepening of trade and investment relations between the EU and Africa, and transatlantic relations with a view to the next meeting of the US-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC) meeting. The Ministers also discussed the coercive measures China has taken against Lithuania.



European Commission News

Commission proposes new list of Projects of Common Interest for a more integrated and resilient energy market


the European Commission has adopted the fifth list of energy Projects of Common Interest (PCIs). These are key cross-border energy infrastructure projects for building a more integrated and resilient EU internal energy market and pursuing our energy and climate goals. This fifth PCI list comprises 98 projects: 67 projects in electricity transmission and storage, 20 in gas, six CO2 network projects and five smart grid projects. All PCI projects are subject to streamlined permitting and regulatory procedures and eligible for financial support from the EU's Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

Competition: Commission outlines contribution of competition policy and its review to green and digital transition, and to a resilient Single Market


The European Commission has adopted a Communication on a competition policy fit for new challenges, which frames the important role of competition policy for Europe's path towards recovery, the green and digital transitions, and for a resilient Single Market. The Communication highlights the in-built ability of competition policy to adapt to new market circumstances, policy priorities and customer needs: for example, today, the Commission has adopted the sixth amendment of the State aid Temporary Framework to enable Member States to provide targeted support to companies during the coronavirus crisis.

European Union launches a Green Team Europe Initiative in partnership with South East Asia


A Green Team Europe Initiative in partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)/South East Asia, was launched by Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, during the 3rd ASEAN-EU Dialogue on Sustainable Development. The initiative, backed by an initial €30 million grant from the EU budget, will strengthen the EU's partnership with the region in areas including climate action, environmental and biodiversity protection, clean energy transition, disaster resilience, prevention of illegal logging, wildlife trafficking and air pollution.