The EU's relations with the Pacific

The EU and the Pacific have a longstanding relationship based on the legacy of a shared history, common values, economic and trade cooperation.

Over the last 50 years the relationship was based on development cooperation within the framework of the EU-ACP Partnership established with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, enshrined in the 1975 Lomé Convention and updated in 2000 by the Cotonou Agreement.  The EU is appreciated by the Pacific countries as a constructive and predictable donor, as apart from the conditions set out in the Cotonou Agreement, there are no political conditions or strings attached to EU support.

Lately, the cooperation between the EU and the Pacific has been intensified in various other sectors, like environment, good governance, energy, climate change, fisheries and human rights.

In 2006 a  STRATEGY FOR A STRENGTHENED PARTNERSHIP was adopted to develop EU RELATIONS WITH THE PACIFIC ISLANDS from a mere donor-recipient level to a more political relationship. In 2012 this approach was complemented by the communication 'Towards a renewed EU-Pacific development Partnership (link to doc and link to Council conclusions). They reflect the growing environmental, political and economic importance of the Pacific region with a focus on governance, regionalism and sustainable management of natural resources.

The increasing relevance the EU attaches to its relations with the Pacific is mirrored in the participation of President Barroso at the Pacific Island Forum (PIF) in 2011 and of HR/VP Ashton in 2014. The PIF is the inter-governmental regional organisation including 14 independent island states and Australia and New Zealand.

At the PIF 2014 in Palau HR/VP Ashton and the leaders of the Pacific island states discussed possible further steps in the relationship with a view to establish a partnership among equals, tackling issues of common concern together, including in the fields of security and foreign affairs. 

 


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  • 26/03/2015
    48 25362 1 Local EU Statement on the signing of the tripartite agreement Local EU Statement on the signing of the tripartite agreement

    The European Union Delegation for the Pacific issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Fiji

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    Local EU Statement on the signing of the tripartite agreement
  • 17/03/2015
    44 25362 1 Local EU Statement on Tonga's decision to ratify CEDAW Local EU Statement on Tonga's decision to ratify CEDAW

    The European Union Delegation welcomes the decision of the Tongan Government to ratify the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and is looking forward to the completion of national procedures to ratify this key human rights instrument. The decision marks a significant step in promoting gender equality and in recognising women's contribution to the Tongan society.

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    Local EU Statement on Tonga's decision to ratify CEDAW
  • 14/03/2015
    Vanuatu: EU deploys assistance for victims of cyclone Pam Vanuatu: EU deploys assistance for victims of cyclone Pam <p>In its immediate response to the devastation caused by the tropical cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, the European Commission is making available an initial €1 million to help in the emergency relief efforts. The European Commission is also sending two experts to assess the humanitarian needs and liaise with partner organisations operating on the ground.</p> 03/14/2015 15:05:27 03/14/2015 15:05:27 03/14/2015 15:05:27 03/02/2016 15:05:27 2015031415 090126248ebcb9cf N 090126248ebcb9cf /statements-eeas/2015/150314_02_en.htm 5802 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150314_02_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150314_02_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150314_02_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150314_02_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Vanuatu: EU deploys assistance for victims of cyclone Pam
  • 20/02/2015
    28 25362 1 _blank Local EU Statement on the abolition of the death penalty in Fiji Local EU Statement on the abolition of the death penalty in Fiji /delegations/fiji/press_corner/all_news/news/2015/20150220_01_en.pdf 02/20/2015 00:00:00 02/20/2015 00:10:00 02/20/2015 00:00:00 nulldate 2015022000 090126248e706e94 N 090126248e706e94 /delegations/fiji/press_corner/all_news/news/2015/20150220_01_en.pdf 362245 pdf Y /delegations/fiji/press_corner/all_news/news/2015/20150220_01_en.pdf 1 /delegations/fiji/press_corner/all_news/news/2015/20150220_01_en.pdf /delegations/fiji/press_corner/all_news/news/2015/20150220_01_zz.pdf N ID_INTERNAL N N
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  • 25/11/2014
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the Parliamentary elections in the Solomon Islands Statement by the Spokesperson on the Parliamentary elections in the Solomon Islands <p>The peaceful conduct of Parliamentary elections on 19 November 2014 in Solomon Islands was an important milestone that confirms the return to stability and progress achieved in the areas of democratisation, good governance and human rights since the deployment of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands in 2003. The turnout was high and the new voter registration process generally accepted.</p> 11/25/2014 15:45:08 11/25/2014 15:45:08 11/25/2014 15:45:08 11/01/2016 15:45:08 2014112515 090126248d84c087 N 090126248d84c087 /statements-eeas/2014/141125_02_en.htm 10211 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141125_02_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2014/141125_02_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141125_02_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the Parliamentary elections in the Solomon Islands

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