EU-Africa summit to develop cooperation in renewable energies
15 September 2010
The energy ministers of some twenty African countries and the European Energy Commissioners met last Tuesday and Wednesday in Vienna, in the company of representatives from clean energy production enterprises.
They took part in the launch of an EU-Africa co-operation program for the development of renewable energies on the continent.
This will entail granting access by 2020 to "modern energy services for 100 million people in Africa, improving the interconnection of the electricity supply across borders and the energy efficiency of the continent", declared the Austrian Foreign Minister, Michael Spindelegger, quoted by Agence France Presse.
In 2004, the European Union had already developed a fruitful collaboration between the Netherlands and Germany, with the title of Energizing Development, or EnDev.
Launched in 2004 with the aim of supplying developing countries with renewable energies, so far the operation has given access to electricity for 3.72 million people and supported 24 projects in 21 countries, according to the figures issued by the Africa-EU Energy Partnership.