EU Relations with Sri Lanka

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Official relations between the EU and Sri Lanka go back to 1975, when the European Commission concluded a commercial cooperation agreement with the Sri Lankan Government.

In 1995, the year in which the EU opened a delegation office in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, a more comprehensive cooperation agreement on partnership and development took effect. Under this agreement, relations between the two parties are coordinated by the EU-Sri Lanka Joint Commission, whose most recent meeting was held in late 2013.

Today, dialogue between the EU and Sri Lanka covers a broad spectrum of issues:

  • political matters
  • human rights
  • trade
  • development cooperation
  • fisheries
  • migration
  • civil aviation
  • environmental issues.

In mid-2010, after concluding an investigation into Sri Lanka's failure to effectively implement 3 UN human rights conventions, the EU temporarily withdrew the enhanced system of trade preferences known as GSP + from the country. Sri Lanka's access to the EU market is currently subject to the generalised system of preferences(GSP). The EU remains Sri Lanka’s main export destination. Trade flows between the two came to €3.5 billion in 2013, with a major trade surplus of €1.1 billion in Sri Lanka's favour.

The EU has provided substantial humanitarian and development aid, especially to the areas hit by the 2004 tsunami and the long civil war. EU assistance over the 2005-2013 period totaled some €587 million.

An EU-Sri Lanka readmission agreement designed to combat illegal migration has been in force since 2005. The first joint readmission committee under this agreement met in early 2013.

The horizontal Aviation Agreement, which provides a sound legal basis for developing aviation relations between Sri Lanka and EU countries, has been in force since mid-2013.

 


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  • 09/01/2015
    Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the presidential elections in Sri Lanka Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the presidential elections in Sri Lanka <p>I congratulate Maithripala Sirisena on his election as President of Sri Lanka. The EU looks forward to working with him to further develop its relations with Sri Lanka.</p> 01/09/2015 15:05:27 01/09/2015 15:05:27 01/09/2015 15:05:27 01/09/2015 15:05:27 2015010915 090126248e701aec N 090126248e701aec /statements-eeas/2015/150109_01_en.htm 9836 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150109_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150109_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150109_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150109_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the presidential elections in Sri Lanka
  • 02/01/2015
    681 65744 1 _blank Joint Local Statement on Sri Lanka's Presidential Election process Joint Local Statement on Sri Lanka's Presidential Election process 01/02/2015 00:00:00 01/02/2015 06:21:00 01/02/2015 00:00:00 nulldate 2015010200 090126248de15803 N 090126248de15803 /delegations/sri_lanka/documents/press_corner/20150102_01.pdf 31589 pdf Y /delegations/sri_lanka/documents/press_corner/20150102_01.pdf /delegations/sri_lanka/documents/press_corner/20150102_zz.pdf N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Joint Local Statement on Sri Lanka's Presidential Election processpdf - 31 KB [31 KB]
  • 21/10/2014
    General Court of the EU Ruling on EU measures against the LTTEpdf
  • 14/10/2014
    Illegal fisheries: green cards for five countries, but red card for Sri Lanka
  • 23/07/2014
    492 65744 1 Joint local statement on Restrictions on Non-Governmental Organisations and on Freedom of Expression in Sri Lanka Joint local statement on Restrictions on Non-Governmental Organisations and on Freedom of Expression in Sri Lanka /delegations/sri_lanka/documents/press_corner/20140723_en.pdf 07/23/2014 13:07:00 07/23/2014 13:07:00 07/23/2014 13:07:00 nulldate 2014072313 090126248c595674 N 090126248c595674 /delegations/sri_lanka/documents/press_corner/20140723_en.pdf 32632 pdf Y /delegations/sri_lanka/documents/press_corner/20140723_en.pdf 1 /delegations/sri_lanka/documents/press_corner/20140723_en.pdf /delegations/sri_lanka/documents/press_corner/20140723_zz.pdf N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Joint local statement on Restrictions on Non-Governmental Organisations and on Freedom of Expression in Sri Lankapdf - 32 KB [32 KB]

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