Political & economic relations
Belize has always enjoyed close economic and political ties with Europe. The years that have followed the country's birth upon the international scene as an independent nation in 1981 and the process of European Integration have brought a constant enhancement of the political and economic relationships between the country and what is now the European Union.
The Delegation in Kingston, Jamaica, is responsible for representing, together with the Embassies and Consulates of the EU Member States, the European institutions in Belize. The Delegation is also in charge of facilitating the implementation of the many development programmes that have been made available to Belize since the country signed the Second Lomé Convention in 1982. With the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty on the 1 December 2009 the Delegation of the European Commission has officially become the Delegation of the European Union.
In an effort to constantly enhance the relationships with Belize and to better assist the country in the implementation of the EU development programmes with a permanent presence, the European Union opened a satellite office of the Delegation in Kingston in Belmopan, Belize in March 2012.
Though enhanced presence an copoeration, the European Unon has placed itself among Belize's most important contributors to development.