Dear Visitor,

Welcome to the website of the Delegation of the European Union to South Africa. It casts the spotlight firmly on our partnership of equals that dates back to the dawning of democracy in South Africa in 1994.

While EU relations with South Africa were first established with the Special Programme for the Victims of Apartheid in 1986, the EU and South Africa today enjoy a Strategic Partnership that covers cooperation not only in traditional areas such as trade and development, but also newer areas including science and technology, migration and space.

Our relations with South Africa are regulated under a binding and comprehensive agreement between our two parties, the Trade, Development and Co-operation Agreement (TDCA). On this site you will find extensive information on our cooperation: we not only provide a summary of our activities as South Africa's largest trading partner and source of foreign direct investment, but also as its leading development partner. For more information on the latter, please refer to our Country Strategy, as well as the most recent EU-SA Development Partners Progress Report.

In addition, the EU Delegation, as part of the European External Action Service's (EEAS's) 130 diplomatic missions and offices in third countries, acts as the eyes, ears and mouthpiece of the EU in South Africa.

I trust that you will find this website a useful window to the EU and its relationship with South Africa. I invite you alongside it to follow our activities on social media (links below) for up-to-date news, views and features as well as events information. I also encourage you to subscribe to our Newsflash that provides an overview of EU actions and decisions that have an impact in South Africa.

In conclusion, please feel free to send us comments, suggestions or requests you might have concerning the EU and our activities in South Africa. Our e-mail address is Delegation-s-africa@eeas.europa.eu


Ambassador Marcus Cornaro

Head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of South Africa


Biography pdf - 24 KB [24 KB]

Twitter: @MarcusCornaro