A word from the Chair

Dear visitor, dear friend,

Welcome to the website of the European Parliament Delegation for relations with the Pan-African Parliament (DPAP).

The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) is the legislative body of the African Union. Composed of 235 Members of Parliament, 5 from each of the 47 participating African countries, it has advisory and consultative powers.

Strengthening relations with the Pan-African Parliament is a European Parliament priority. Our Delegation is responsible for fostering these relations in the framework of the Africa-EU Partnership as outlined in the Joint Communication 'Towards a Comprehensive Strategy with Africa' and in the ACP-EU Cotonou Partnership Agreement. The delegation has been working along the four joint political priorities agreed at the last AU-EU Summit:

1. Boosting and mobilising investments for African structural sustainable transformation,
2. Investing in people through education, science, technology and skills development,
3. Strengthening resilience, peace, security and governance,
4. Addressing the current challenges in migration and mobility.

The European Union - African Union summit took place in Brussels on 17-18 February 2022. Ahead of the Summit, the European Parliament hosted a meeting on AU-EU relations on 10 February.

María Soraya Rodríguez

Next meeting: 27 October 2022 (To be confirmed)

19-05-2022 - 16:38
The next DPAP meeting is scheduled for 27 October from 14:30 to 16:00 (meeting to be confirmed).

EU-Africa: MEPs call for stronger ties to face global challenges together

12-04-2022 - 14:14

Ahead of the EU-African Union summit on 17-18 February, leading MEPs highlight the need for a strong EU-Africa partnership based on cooperation between equals.

"A week ahead of the long awaited European Union-African Union summit, we call on the Heads of States and Government to lay the foundation for a strategic, win-win and results-oriented partnership of equals.

China and Russia are advancing their geopolitical interests in Africa. Therefore, the EU needs to increase cooperation with the African Union, and its sub-regional and national African partners, to ensure security and development and to achieve long-term peace and stability.

The EU and AU must place at the heart of their cooperation agenda a human rights-based approach to policies on trade, migration, gender equality, corporate responsibility, security and the fight against terrorism and extremism.

The EU-AU Summit should pave the way for a sustainable and inclusive economic recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic, with priority given to accelerating access to vaccines, addressing poverty, putting youth at its heart and promoting gender equality and women's empowerment, and delivering on the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

EU and Africa trade and investment relations must ensure the productive transformation of the African continent, be mutually beneficial, open, fair and sustainable, and contribute to job creation and private investments supporting a green growth trajectory

We also call on the EU-AU partnership to take full account of the effects of climate change in Africa, and therefore to scale up actions in the area of mitigation, adaptation and disaster risk management, and achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

We condemn the presence in Africa of private military and security companies, in particular the Wagner Group that has committed widespread human rights violations while acting in support of the interests of non-democratic states."

The statement is co-signed by:

David McAllister (EPP, Germany), Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee;

Bernd Lange (S&D, Germany), Chair of the International Trade Committee;

Tomas Tobé (EPP, Sweden), Chair of the Development Committee;

Carlos Zorrinho (S&D, Portugal), Chair of the delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly;

María Soraya Rodríguez Ramos (Renew Europe, Spain), Chair of the delegation for relations with the Pan-African Parliament.

Magdalena Adamowicz (EPP, Poland), Chair of the delegation for relations with South Africa,


Press release - "EU-AU Summit: MEPs to call for deepening of relations at pre-summit meeting" (09.02.2022)

European Parliament Delegation for relations with the Pan-African Parliament (DPAP)

Press release :EU-Africa: MEPs call for stronger ties to face global challenges together