Relations with the EU are based on political dialogue under the Cotonou Agreement, trade and development assistance.
Both formal and informal, involving both government and civil society, this broad dialogue includes the political situation in Gambia and all aspects of governance.
It seeks to promote a stable and democratic political environment and economic, cultural and social development.
The EU supports Gambia's poverty-reduction goals:
The EU development strategy for Gambia focuses on:
The Gambia also receives aid from regional, intra-ACP and specific programmes, as well as EU humanitarian aid to tackle the consequences of the Sahel food crisis.