Political and Economic Relations
The EEC and Pakistan signed their first agreement in 1962. Our partnership has since progressed in tandem with the European integration process. Today, the EU is not only Pakistan's largest trading partner but also an important political and development partner. Our political and security relations are getting stronger, as evidenced in the EU-Pakistan Five-year Engagement Plan , underlining the dynamic nature of the relationship.
The European Commission established its first office in Islamabad in 1985. This was upgraded to a Delegation in 1988. In 1992, the humanitarian arm of the European Commission (ECHO) opened its own office in Islamabad. Since the recent entry into force of the Treat on the Working of the European Union, better known as the Lisbon Treaty, on 1 December 2009, the EC Delegation has gradually been upgraded to a fully fledged EU Delegation to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. It now represents the European Union on matters ranging from the more traditional development cooperation, trade, humanitarian assistance, and the promotion of a wide range of sectoral cooperation, including energy, environment, health, transport, migration issues and climate change but also overall EU-Pakistan political relations. The Delegation presently employs around 80 European and local staff.
The Head of the EU Delegation is accredited to Pakistan with the rank of an Ambassador, representing the EU in Pakistan. The Delegation is responsible for the coordination among the Ambassadors and Embassies of EU Member States represented in Islamabad on matters of common interest and EU policies in a number of fields.