EU Relations with Timor-Leste

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.

The Second Enhanced EU – Timor-Leste political dialogue took place in Brussels on 16 October2014.
The parties assessed recent political and economic developments in the EU and T-L, as well as key elements of their relations and cooperation, and followed up commitments of their first political. This included the forthcoming reciprocal visa-regime, which was highly welcomed by both parties; pending important laws in the T-L Parliament, ongoing and forthcoming development cooperation, democracy, rule of law and human rights; regional integration as well as questions related to the exploration of hydrocarbons and maritime boundaries.

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.

For the period 2014-2020, under the 11th EDF , the National Indicative Programme in the amount of EUR 95 million with focus on Good Governance through reforms of the public finance management system and on Rural Development with specific emphasis on rural access, skill development in rural areas in productive sectors and on nutrition is provided for in the National Indicative Programme signed on 2 September in Samoa pdf - 4 MB [4 MB] .