Consultations between Togo and the EU started in April 2004 by virtue of Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement. In this context the government made 22 undertakings in the area of strengthening democracy, human rights and respect for basic freedoms, in accordance with the principles of good governance.
Since then, there has been a considerable increase in political dialogue between Togo and the EU, shown by several missions being sent to monitor the 22 undertakings. Togo returned to compliance with Article 8 in November 2007, following the first free and transparent elections since its independence, which meant that development cooperation could be resumed after many years of having been interrupted. A new Head of Delegation residing in Lomé was appointed in 2009.
The Country Strategy and National Indicative Programme 2008-13 (under the 10th European Development Fund - EDF) was signed in May 2008 for a sum of €123m (Envelope A) and 1.8m (Envelope B). It's three focus areas are:
Other EU interventions under the 10th EDF are support for civil society initiatives and the environment.