EU Relations with Pakistan

Cooperation with Pakistan dates back to 1974, but the 2004 cooperation agreement paved the way for closer relations.EU-Pakistan ad hoc Summits were held in 2009 and 2010, and in March 2012 a new political framework - the EU-Pakistan 5-year Engagement Plan - was endorsed by both sides. The Plan is intended to take relations to a new level by intensifying dialogues across priority areas including: political cooperation, security, governance and human rights, trade, energy and a range of sectoral cooperation areas. The EU has also initiated dedicated dialogues with Pakistan on counter-terrorism and non-proliferation.

The latest Strategic Dialogue between the EU High Represenative/Vice President Catherine Ashton and National Security and Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz was held in Brussels on 25 March 2014.

In 2010, the EU and Pakistan concluded a Readmission Agreement on persons residing without authorisation within the EU. The Agreement is being implemented through the EU-Pakistan Joint Readmission Committee.

To further support democratic consolidation in Pakistan, the EU sent an Election Observation Mission to observe the general elections in May 2013. The final report

Since 1 January 2014, Pakistan has access to GSP+ trade preferences, on the basis that it fulfils requirements including effective implementation of 27 international conventions, of which 7 human rights conventions.

The Country Strategy Paper 2007-2013 focuses on poverty reduction, notably through assistance in rural development and natural resources management as well as education and human resources development, notably in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) and Baluchistan. Together with EU Member States, the combined annual EU contribution for development and humanitarian assistance has been on average about 600 million EUR a year since 2010. In 2014-20, the will be focusing on good governance, human rights and rule of law; eduaction; and rural development.

The EU provided substantial humanitarian assistance after the floodings in 2010 (see fact sheet ), 2011 and 2012, to assist the most vulnerable victims. ECHO, the European Commission's department for humanitarian assistance, also provides support to Internally Displaced People, and continues to be involved in Pakistan but now at a reduced level, specifically addressing nutrional needs in Sindh.