EU Relations with Jamaica

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EU relations and cooperation with Jamaica are carried out both on bilateral and regional and basis, the latter within the framework of the on-going EU-CELAC and EU-CARIFORUM dialogues. Jamaica is party to the Partnership Agreement between the members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and the European Union and its Member States, the "Cotonou Agreement".

The EU-Jamaica cooperation strategy for the period 2008-2013 addresses the two major challenges facing the country, those being the high level of public debt and crime. It focuses on macro-economic and security budgets support, as well as supporting the Millennium development goals.

At regional level, the Caribbean is pioneer in signing, in October 2008, the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), between the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM countries) and the EU, a framework to help make trade, investment and development assistance easier for all parties, in particular promoting regional integration. Jamaica is a signatory of the EPA.

In November 2012 the member states of the EU and the Caribbean adopted the new Joint Caribbean-European Union Partnership Strategy . This Strategy will enhance Caribbean– European Union relations and broaden the engagement by adding a political pillar to the traditionally development and trade cooperation based relationship with the Caribbean region. The strategy focuses on Regional Integration, Haiti Reconstruction, Climate Change and Natural Disasters, Crime and Security, and Joint Action in Multilateral Fora.