Message from the Head of Delegation
Ghana, a great and strong nation “Bold to defend forever the cause of Freedom and of Right… Black star of hope and honour”. This extract from the national anthem of Ghana is stirringly evocative of the pride of its nation and its people, of their forceful determination to progress harmoniously and peacefully for better living conditions for all, for peace, democracy and economic and social development.
Ghana has had many successes, and has managed to become a middle income economy with an emerging oil sector. The EU is convinced that with its past experience and record, Ghana will continue on its path towards sustainable economic and social development, for the benefit of all.
The Ghana-EU partnership has many dimensions and a common vision on how to face the global challenges of the 21st century. There has been continuous political dialogue; Ghana was the first country to sign a Voluntary Partnership Agreement to ensure the wood produced and exported to Europe is of certified origin; we are jointly aiming at concluding a regional Economic Partnership Agreement, and Ghana has benefitted from a total of EUR 1.1 billion (equivalent to 2.2 billion Ghana Cedis) of EU development cooperation since the establishment of the EU Delegation in 1976.
In Europe we are proud to see that our development cooperation has had an impact on the daily lives of many Ghanaian citizens. Almost 1500 km of feeder roads have been built; approximately 360 km of trunk roads have been rehabilitated; almost 3000 social and sanitation facilities have been built (school blocks, teachers' quarters, rural clinics, sanitation facilities etc.) under the micro-project programmes.
One of the major achievements of the Lisbon Treaty, which entered into force in 2009, is in the field of external relations. It gives Europe a stronger and clearer voice in relations with its partners worldwide, and it increases the impact, the coherence and the visibility of the EU's external action.
A new European External Action Service, represented by 140 EU Delegations around the world, including our Delegation in Accra, has been created. As EU Ambassador I am committed to enriching and deepening our strong partnership, with all my colleagues in the Delegation, in the years to come.
We welcome you to this Web-site of the European Union in Ghana.
Here you can find out more about relations between the European Union and Ghana.
You can also use this website as an entrance to find out more about the European Union and its relations with the rest of the world
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European Union Ambassador