Cooperation with Pakistan dates back to 1974, but the 2004 cooperation agreement paved the way for closer relations. Since the start of its cooperation with Pakistan, the Commission has committed more than €500 million to projects and programmes.
The Country Strategy Paper 2007-2013 [641 KB] 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. The financial allocation for the 2007-2010 period is € 200 million.
Heavy monsoon rain that started late June 2010 triggered the most severe floods in Pakistan in 80 years. The EU immediately provided substantial funds to assist the most vulnerable victims. See fact sheet and Q&A about the EU operations.
In March 2012, a new political framework - the EU-Pakistan 5-year Engagement Plan [103 KB] - 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.