Institutionalization of relations with Sub-Saharan Africa states is one of approaches used to include those states in main currents of world economy. The African states will benefit because new markets for their exports will open which will increase the speed of reform of their political systems and economies. EU will benefi t because better overall situation of the African states will help in development of stable multilateral relations. In this paper I analyze the EU – Sub-Saharan states relations as an example of institutionalization understood as development of legal and institutional solutions that shape international relations. In this context institutionalization is an instrument that enhances systematic change which in turn leads to transformation of particular states and regions. In the paper I try to answer the question: is the declared level of integration of different instruments of EU foreign policy identical with the reality vis-a-vis the states of Africa.