Belize is part of a number of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) – European Union (EU) partnership agreements. This started in 1982 when the country signed the second of four Lomé Conventions and continued with the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement, the so-called Cotonou Agreement .
This accord brought about a new era of economic cooperation between the EU and Belize. It promotes sustainable development and poverty reduction, and forms the basis of EU-Belize cooperation.
As a member of the CARICOM and the CARIFORUM Group of Countries, Belize is part of the CARIFORUM - European Union Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
Belize also participates in the EU- CELAC (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) summits that take place every other year.