Chronology of Bilateral Relations

1975  : Signature of Lome Convention, providing a framework for the start of Development Cooperation between the European Union and Lesotho

1976 : Opening of the European Commission Delegation in Maseru

1991 : Signature of the 7th European Development Fund National Indicative Programme

1997 : Signature of the 8th European Development Fund National Indicative Programme

2002 : Signature of the 9th European Development Fund National Indicative Programme

2007 : Signature of the 10th European Development Fund National Indicative Programme

2009 : The name of the European Commission Delegation is changed to the European Union Delegation

European Cooperation in Lesotho; Budgets of previous European Development Funds

4th EDF1976-1980€23.2 million
5th EDF1981-1985€29.8 million
6th EDF1986-1990€50.8 million
7th EDF1991-1995€111.6 million
8th EDF1996-2000€66.9 million
9th EDF2001-2006€113.8 million
10th EDF2007-2013€139.3 million*

*The 10th EDF is still running and not all projects have been contracted to date. This total does not include €21 million allocated to Lesotho through the Vulnerability Flex instrument.