Africa is a unique partner for the EU for historical and geographical reasons. Africa and Europe have developed a long-term, broad and evolving partnership across various policy areas.

In January 2022, the EU Commission published a fact sheet on research and innovation cooperation between the EU and Africa. With last year’s communication “The Global Approach to Research and Innovation” by the EU Commission, the international research and innovation cooperation of the EU focused on this long-term cooperation for the first time.