The Role of the EU Delegation
The Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Malawi has a number of functions:
- Representing the EU in all its affairs;
- Permanently holding the local EU Presidency;
- Ensuring follow-up of bilateral relations in the areas of political, economic, trade and external assistance cooperation;
- Ensuring the long-term programming and management of aid in cooperation with the Malawi government;
- Promoting the values of the EU and helping to increase visibility, awareness and understanding of the Union.
The EU Delegation's cooperation with the Government of Malawi is governed by the Cotonou Agreement, a twenty-year partnership centred on the common objectives of reducing poverty, achieving sustainable development and gradually integrating the ACP countries into the world economy.
Bilateral cooperation between the EU and the Government of Malawi is based on the Malawi - EC Country Strategy Paper and the National Indicative Programme for the period 2008–2013. The EU is committed to supporting Malawi in initiatives aimed at achieving international commitments, notably the Millennium Development Goals.
EU assistance under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) focuses on two main sectors: food security and agriculture in the context of national development, and regional interconnection with a focus on road infrastructure. Furthermore, the EU supports development cooperation programmes in the areas of general budgetary support (notably health, education and public finance management), governance, regional integration (investment and trade), HIV/AIDS, and institutional capacity-building. The EU Delegation plays an active role in the Common Approach to Budget Support group of donors, a forum for discussions on economic policies between the Government of Malawi, the EU and other development partners.