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Vice-President Georgieva and Commissioner Mimica to attend African Union summit in Addis

BRUSSELS, Belgium, January 29, 2016/APO (African Press Organization)/ --

Vice-President in charge of Budget and Human Resources, Kristalina Georgieva and Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, will attend the 26th African Union Summit on Saturday 30 January in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for the EU to again show the African continent our commitment to take forward the Africa-EU strategic partnership, which remains one of our top priorities. The issues that will be tackled at the meeting include, inter alia, development and security enhancing efforts for the African Peace Facility and the situation in Burundi.

Ahead of the meeting Commissioner Mimica stated: “Our cooperation with the African Union has never been as important as it is today. Likewise we are aware that we need a joint collaboration in tackling challenges that the two continents are facing together". At the summit, Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva will sign an Administrative Arrangement with the African Union Commission to foster cooperation between the two institutions. A press release is available here. In the margins of the summit, Commissioner Mimica will also hold a series of bilateral meetings to discuss development cooperation including in the field of migration following the recent launch of EU's Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.

Distributed by APO on behalf of European Commission.