EU Relations with Timor-Leste

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Timor-Leste has been a member of the African Caribbean Pacific grouping since 2005. Since 2000 it has received a total of €337m in assistance from the EU.

Political dialogue

The EU's political dialogue with Timor-Leste focuses on:

  • protecting its vulnerable environment, especially in relation to climate change
  • defending human rights and gender issues.


The EU and Timor-Leste are discussing how to collaborate more closely in multilateral fora on these and other issues.


Aid and cooperation

The total volume of current EU support to Timor-Leste is around €130m from the following sources:


The main focus areas for EU assistance and cooperation are:

  • rural development – for poverty reduction and food security
  • health
  • capacity building to improve the country's management systems to support growth and take advantage of the improved terms of trade
  • international engagement
  • integration of Timor-Leste in its neighbouring region.


The 2012 elections in Timor-Leste were observed by an EU-election observation mission.

The possibility of granting visa-free access of Timorese nationals to the EU is currently under examination.