EU-Syria Political & Economic Relations

The European Union (EU) seeks to develop a closer relationship with Syria, encompassing political dialogue, mutually beneficial trade and investment relations, as well as cooperation on economic, social and political reform.

Syria is a signatory of the 1995 Barcelona Declaration and a member of the Union for the Mediterranean launched in 2008. Syria is also a member of the European Neighbourhood Policy , but does not yet benefit from all its instruments and incentives, pending entry into force of the EU-Syria Association Agreement .

Until an EU-Syria Association Agreement is signed, the relations between the parties remain governed by a Cooperation Agreement signed in 1977.