The EU - Kenya relations date back to more than 30 years. Since then, Kenya has established a durable and dynamic partnership with the EU. The cooperation between the EU and Kenya, as well as the other ACP countries has been guided by the principles of the Cotonou Agreement and the Country Strategies.
The EU Delegation in Nairobi opened in 1976, following the signature of the first Lomé Convention. At the time of the Delegation’s establishment, its principal mandate was, close co-operation with the Government of Kenya, and implementation of the development cooperation. Over the years the role of the Delegation has expanded considerably. We are now fully involved in political dialogue with the Government of Kenya, as well as in the political co-ordination process with the 19 EU Member States represented in Nairobi.
The 2008-2013 Kenya Country Strategy Paper [2 MB] and the National Indicative Programme are currently under implementation. The main areas of the EU cooperation with Kenya are infrastructure, rural development and social sector. The ultimate goal of the strategy is to support Kenya in achievement of Millennium Development Goals through political and economic reforms and integration into regional and world economy.
With the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty on 1st of December 2009, the European Union has strengthened and consolidated its position as an international player. Baroness Catherine Ashton was appointed the EU High-Representative/ Vice-President of the Commission in November 2009, and will be leading EU's new external policy and service. This is a start of a new era.
The Treaty sets out common principles and objectives for the Union's external action such as democracy, rule of law, universality and indivisibility of human rights and fundamental freedoms, respect for human dignity, principles of equality and solidarity. These principles underline all EU relations and cooperation activities with third countries.
The Treaty sets out common principles and objectives for the Union's external action such as democracy, rule of law, universality and indivisibility of human rights and fundamental freedoms, respect for human dignity, principles of equality and solidarity. These principles underline all EU relations and cooperation activities with third countries. The Treaty also has implications for the role of Delegations by giving them more robust political role that they will share with the rotating EU Presidencies.
The EU is strongly committed to cooperation with Africa and over the years has developed solid ties to the continent through various agreements, policy and strategy papers. Joint Africa-EU Strategy together with the Lisbon Declaration adopted in 2007 define the framework for the Africa-EU strategic partnership. This partnership is being implemented in eight areas including;
- Democratic governance and human rights
- Millennium Development Goals,
- Regional integration and infrastructure, with the overall goal reduction and elimination of poverty.
The EU is the world largest provider of development assistance in Africa.
The Delegation also plays an increasing role in trade issues, notably in relation to the ongoing negotiations between the EU and ACP States over future trade arrangements under Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs).
Since 1997 the Delegation in Nairobi has also taken over responsibility for the management of the relief and rehabilitation programme in Somalia, where the EU is the largest donor. The Delegation is also host to the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO) Regional Support Office, which co-ordinates humanitarian aid to the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes.
Ambassador/EU Head of Delegation