EU Relations with Mali

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The EU has had a delegation office  in Mali since 1958. The two maintain relations based on political dialogue under the Cotonou Agreement, the Country Strategy Paper and on security and defence matters.

Political & security crisis in Mali (2012-13)

Politics – the EU supports Mali's territorial integrity and a political settlement of the crisis through dialogue. It will continue to support a return to peace and order following transparent elections in 2013.

Security – the EU and its member governments have supported the fight against terrorist groups in northern Mali by providing troops for the UN-AU mandated International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA) and a training mission for the Malian army.

Development – EU aid resumed after a political roadmap was adopted in January 2013. Over €3.25bn was pledged during the Mali conference in Brussels, with the EU alone pledging €1.28bn, including direct transfers to the Malian government (budget support).

Aid – the European Commission provides substantial humanitarian aid to vulnerable groups in Mali.

Security & development in the Sahel

Due to its geographical position at the heart of the Sahel, Mali is part of the EU Sahel Strategy, thus benefitting from substantial additional support.

Based on the principle that security and socio-economic development can only be achieved together, the strategy provides for EU action on:

  • diplomacy
  • development (including food security)
  • counter-terrorism
  • counter-radicalisation.

The EU Sahel Strategy pdf - 81 KB [81 KB] provides stability in the Sahel through state building, improved governance and regional coordination.