EU Relations with the Maldives

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The European Union (EU) retains cordial diplomatic relations with the Maldives since 1983. The Head of Delegation of the EU in Colombo is accredited as non-resident Ambassador to the Maldives.

EU-Maldives relations are not formalized in a Cooperation Agreement or any similar agreement. Bi-annual joint missions of the Colombo based EU Head of Missions provide the main opportunity for a dialogue with national authorities and civil society actors reaffirming EU's commitment and support to consolidate democracy, promote good governance, strengthen key institutions and help the Maldives to address social, environmental and transnational challenges.

The EU played a key role in the process of the country's democratic transition. Maldives held its first free and competitive elections in 2008, which ended the 30-year presidency of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.    

An unexpected transfer of power in 2012 led to a political paralysis and crisis of governance. The second democratic Presidential elections in the country's history took place in 2013, followed by Parliamentary elections in 2014. The EU assessed the electoral process and regarded both elections as credible and sufficiently transparent.

Maldives is an upper middle income country that appears relatively prosperous but remains economically vulnerable; its economic base is mainly tourism and fishery. The EU is Maldives 2nd most important trading partner; Maldives ranks on position 151 for the EU.

Maldives is among the countries most vulnerable to climate change. It is a prominent voice in the Alliance of Small Island States and the G77 and has taken a lead role in international negotiations on climate change and environmental protection. The EU and Maldives have a common interest in jointly addressing climate change.              

Under the Development Cooperation Instrument's Multi-Annual Indicative Programme 2007-2013 , the EU made available EUR 10.5 million through the Climate Change Trust Fund (action still ongoing) to support the Government in its objectives to fight climate change.


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  • 14/03/2015
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the conviction of former President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed Statement by the Spokesperson on the conviction of former President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed <p>The conviction of former President Mohamed Nasheed for charges under anti-terrorist legislation raises very serious questions about due process of law and risks undermining people's trust in the independence of the judiciary.</p> 03/14/2015 10:12:21 03/14/2015 10:12:21 03/14/2015 10:12:21 03/02/2016 10:12:21 2015031410 090126248ebcb969 N 090126248ebcb969 /statements-eeas/2015/150314_01_en.htm 4042 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150314_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150314_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150314_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150314_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the conviction of former President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed
  • 30/09/2014
    618 65744 1 _blank Joint Local Statement on Threats to Civil Society and Human Rights in the Maldives Joint Local Statement on Threats to Civil Society and Human Rights in the Maldives 09/30/2014 12:29:00 09/30/2014 12:29:00 09/30/2014 12:29:00 nulldate 2014093012 090126248cb1e44a N 090126248cb1e44a /delegations/sri_lanka/documents/press_corner/20140930.pdf 33170 pdf Y /delegations/sri_lanka/documents/press_corner/20140930.pdf /delegations/sri_lanka/documents/press_corner/20140930_zz.pdf N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Joint Local Statement on Threats to Civil Society and Human Rights in the Maldives pdf - 33 KB [33 KB]
  • 09/05/2014
    6 78611 1 _blank Fact sheet on Maldives, issued in occasion of the Europe Day celebration Fact sheet on Maldives, issued in occasion of the Europe Day celebration /factsheets/docs/factsheets_europe_day_2014/factsheet_maldives_en.pdf 05/09/2014 00:00:00 05/09/2014 00:00:00 05/09/2014 00:00:00 nulldate 2014050900 090126248c758e16 N 090126248c758e16 /factsheets/docs/factsheets_europe_day_2014/factsheet_maldives_en.pdf 1328314 pdf Y /factsheets/docs/factsheets_europe_day_2014/factsheet_maldives_en.pdf 1 /factsheets/docs/factsheets_europe_day_2014/factsheet_maldives_en.pdf /factsheets/docs/factsheets_europe_day_2014/factsheet_maldives_zz.pdf N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Fact sheet on Maldives, issued in occasion of the Europe Day celebration pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]
  • 30/04/2014
    292 65744 1 _blank Statement by the Spokesperson on the activation of the death penalty in the Maldives Statement by the Spokesperson on the activation of the death penalty in the Maldives /statements/docs/2014/140430_04_en.pdf 04/30/2014 23:14:00 04/30/2014 23:14:00 04/30/2014 23:14:00 nulldate 2014043023 <p>European External Action Service</p> 090126248bd05887 N 090126248bd05887 /statements/docs/2014/140430_04_en.pdf 479431 pdf Y /statements/docs/2014/140430_04_en.pdf 2 /statements/docs/2014/140430_04_en.pdf /statements/docs/2014/140430_04_fr.pdf /statements/docs/2014/140430_04_zz.pdf N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the activation of the death penalty in the Maldives pdf - 469 KB [469 KB] français (fr)
  • 13/11/2013
    Declaration by Catherine Ashton on behalf of the EU on the First Round of Presidential Elections in the Maldives on 9 November 2013pdf

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