2021-2022 // Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
One of the current EU’s priorities is to refresh their ties with the African region by exploring new policy horizons beyond traditional development cooperation. With the new EU strategy with Africa, there is an aspiration to build equally beneficial partnerships between EU and African countries. Baltic states are still relatively new actors in this field, and are only starting to build their tangible ties with African countries or strategically reflect their own role on the EU-Africa agenda.
With an endorsement of Baltic MFAs, we are starting the Baltics-EU-Africa Trialogue Project, which aims to facilitate greater Baltic participation in the EU-Africa partnerships building through analysis based inclusive policy discussions. As AfriKo’s modus operandi is “walk the talk”, the informed and inclusive policy discussions are not the end in itself but rather a method to co-create specific policy tools together with Baltic stakeholders.
A knowledgeable cooperation with the Centre for Small State Studies will ensure the analytical rigour of the research process and bring in a comparative Nordic perspective on how advantages of small states can be used while making the best of multilateral partnerships for mutual growth.
The Trialogue project will have three stages:
On February 19, we officially kicked off the Trialogue project together with policymakers from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the three Baltic countries, representatives of European institutions and other stakeholders in the Baltic and African countries. Starting from here, we are jumping into the primary analysis stage, which will inform inclusive policy discussions. The journey will be as challenging as it is intriguing but we’re excited to see where we’ll end up.
This project is financed by EEA Grants through the Active Citizens Fund