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.
The EU's political dialogue with Timor-Leste focuses on:
The EU and Timor-Leste are discussing how to collaborate more closely in multilateral fora on these and other issues.
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:
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.