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:

  • the democratic development process in the country, including the fight against corruption;
  • 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, for example Climate Change.

The Second Enhanced EU – Timor-Leste political dialogue took place in Brussels on 16 October 2014.
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

- For the period 2014-2020, under the 11th EDF , the National Indicative Programme with an  amount of EUR 95 million will focus on Good Governance through reforms of the public finance management system and on Rural Development with specific emphasis on agro-forestry, and on nutrition. The National Indicative Programme was signed on 2 September 2014 in Samoa pdf - 4 MB [4 MB] .

- For the period 2008-2013, the Country Strategy  allocated EUR 64million from the 10th European Development Fund(EDF).

 The main focus areas for EU assistance and cooperation were:

  • 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. In addition to EDF Resources, Timor-Leste also benefits of support from the Millenium Development Goals Initiative and the Global Climate Change Alliance , as well as thematic budget lines.