EU Relations with Antigua and Barbuda

EU relations and cooperation with Antigua and Barbuda are carried out both on bilateral and regional basis, the latter within the framework of the on-going EU-CELAC and EU-CARIFORUM dialogues. Antigua and Barbuda is party to the Partnership Agreement between the members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and the European Union and its Member States, the "Cotonou Agreement".

The EU-Antigua and Barbuda cooperation strategy for the period 2008-2013 supports the government in its efforts to modernize public finances, necessary to promote economic diversification and sustainable development. The EU is the only major grant donor of the country. Funds available for technical cooperation also involve the support of non-governmental players and integration into the regional and global economy.

At regional level, the Caribbean is pioneer in signing, in October 2008, the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), between the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM countries) and the EU, a framework to help make trade, investment and development assistance easier for all parties, in particular promoting regional integration. Antigua and Barbuda is a signatory of the EPA and ratified the agreement in December 2008.

In November 2012 the member states of the EU and the Caribbean adopted the new Joint Caribbean-European Union Partnership Strategy . This Strategy will enhance Caribbean– European Union relations and broaden the engagement by adding a political pillar to the traditionally development and trade cooperation based relationship with the Caribbean region. The strategy focuses on Regional Integration, Haiti Reconstruction, Climate Change and Natural Disasters, Crime and Security, and Joint Action in Multilateral Fora.