Tonga has been a member of the African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) group since 1975. Since 2006, the focus of EU's development cooperation was on the sustainable management of natural resources.
The EU's political dialogue with Tonga focuses on:
The EU and Tonga are discussing how to collaborate more closely in multilateral fora on these and other issues.
EU assistance has focused on:
• building resilience to climate change (with the University of South Pacific)
• promoting sustainable long-term adaptation strategies (with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community).
The EU and Tonga, jointly with other Pacific island nations, are currently negotiating an Economic Partnership Agreement to cover areas such as fisheries, services and tourism.