African European Relations

A new form of this relationship was celebrated at the joint summit in Lisbon 2007 and summed up in the Joint Africa Europe Strategy (JAES). The very first paragraph of this text reads as follows: “Africa and Europe are bound together by history, culture, geography, a common future, as well as by a community of values: the respect for human rights, freedom, equality, solidarity, justice, the rule of law and democracy as enshrined in the relevant international agreements and in the constitutive texts of our respective Unions.”