Welcome

 

Jesús Miguel SanzI like to believe that the European Union has proven itself a strong and loyal partner for Laos over the years.

The relationship between the European Union and Laos continues to grow in strength and scope. We work together in a variety of ways with the objectives of reducing poverty and achieve social and economic progress while also supporting democracy, good governance and human rights. Over the years, EU assistance has helped give people the means to forge a better future. We have also helped Laos play an active role on the regional and wider stages.

One of our goals is to raise understanding and awareness of the EU and its activities here in Laos.  This website is the doorway to information on our activities about the many faces of EU-Laos relations. This website also provides information for students about the EU’s Erasmus Mundus scholarship programme as well as updates for local and international NGOs as well as private companies about EU funding opportunities.

I hope that you will find it interesting and informative. Your feedback on its content or suggestions on what information could be useful to you are highly valued.

Ambassador Jesús Miguel Sanz - Head of Delegation (Resident in Bangkok)

  Mr. Michel GOFFIN

I have great pleasure to welcome you to the home page of the Delegation of the European Union to Laos.

Relations between the EU and Laos are strong and vibrant and we are working together to build even closer ties both bilaterally and regionally through ASEAN. A trade and cooperation agreement between the European Union and Lao PDR was already established in 1997, and bilateral relations and cooperation with some of the EU Member States date back much longer.

In 2003, the European Commission opened a Delegation in Vientiane, replacing a smaller cooperation office. After entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty in 2009, the Delegation now represents the European Union.

The EU (European Commission and EU member states) are a major development partner for Laos. With the overarching objective of reducing poverty, European ODA to Laos targets mainly the sectors agriculture, trade and economic development, education and health, and reduction of the UXO threats. Important cross-cutting areas are also supported, such as sound public financial management, good governance and human rights, and now climate change.

The EU works towards an increased level of coordination, aid efficiency and division of labour. Several EU development partners have shifted to multi-year cooperation strategies aligned to the Lao Government's National Social and Economic Development Plans (NSEDP).

In addition, the EU will continue to support the steps Laos is taking to liberalise the economy and become a member of WTO. Likewise, we will continue to work together and maintain dialogue in the context of ASEAN-EU relations and the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) process.

I look forward to interacting with you through this website which provides information about relations between the European Union (EU) and Laos and the activities of the Delegation here in Vientiane. Secondly, it will help you learn more about the EU, its policies, institutions and member states.

I wish you enjoyable and useful surfing and please do not hesitate to contact the Delegation should you require more information.

Mr. Michel GOFFIN - Chargé d'Affaires a.i. (Resident in Vientiane)