The upcoming summit for the AU-EU relations, which takes place every 3 years and will be hosted next by the EU, will be the culminating moment where African and European Heads of State and Government meet to take stock of the progress being made, determine new joint priorities for their common future and provide political guidance for further work. Ahead of the Summit, a series of discussions, side events and forums will take place to allow for different stakeholders, from both continents, to exchange and prepare the key messages to share at the Summit towards African and European Heads of States.
In 2015, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) – PLATFORMA and the African section of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG Africa), together with the International Association of French-Speaking Mayors (AIMF); the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) as well as the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), signed a Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) with the European Commission. In this framework, they have been mandated by the European Commission to organize the EUAU Forum for local and regional governments (LRG Forum) in the framework of the EU-AU Summit.
For the first time, the LRG Forum is an officeial side-event taking place ahead of the Summit and which will allow for local and regional governments, and their representative associations, to agree upon common messages and share their recommendations with Heads of States from both continents. Subnational and local governments need to be empowered to ensure sustainable and cohesive development at local and regional levels, be involved in policy design at all levels and be in the driving seat of policy implementation.
The 5 FPAs involved have hold preparatory meetings and a first programme will be shared around: – A first angle could include economic development and COVID-19 recovery,