The greater political recognition of energy’s important role has gone hand-in-hand with increased activity and energy initiatives in Africa and Europe. For the past 15 years, the AEEP has remained the bridge connecting the two continents to achieve SDG7 in Africa. The AEEP functions as an internal think tank between the two continents and continues to foster dynamic political dialogue on energy through various channels. As Europe’s closest neighbor, Africa not only shares a rich history with EU countries, but also common values and interests.
The AEEP functions as the dialogue arm for the Africa-EU Green Energy Initiative (AEGEI) and facilitates strategic integral political dialogue to support the aims of Africa’s agenda 2063 and the achievement of a climate neutral EU by 2050.
Twice a year the AEEP’s Steering Group meets to discuss the most recent developments on energy in Africa and Europe, and to coordinate work and identify projects of common interest. Furthermore, the AEEP convened regular political meetings including the AEEP Energy Talks and the annual AEEP Forum to promote effective alignment of policies and actions. The AEEP brings together public and private sector actors, civil society organisations and youth bodies to accomplish successful coordination and collaboration between Africa and Europe on energy.