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.
For the period 200-2013, Tonga benefits from European Development Fund (EDF), assistance of some €15m for 2008-13.
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.
For the period 2014-2020, under the 11th EDF , an indicative amount of € 11.1 m with focus on Sustainable Energy is provided for in the National Indicative Programme signed on 2 September in Samoa [2 MB] .