Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh

About the EU Delegation to Bangladesh

11/05/2016 - 14:29
About us - structure and organisation

Our Delegation represents the EU in Bangladesh. We work closely with all of the EU member countries who have diplomatic representation in Bangladesh.

This Delegation represents the EU as a whole, as part of the EU's unified diplomatic corps – the European External Action Service. Our Head of Delegation (Ambassador) is the official representative of the EU in Bangladesh.

The Delegation functions much like an Embassy and represents the EU in its dealings on political issues, trade, development, cooperation, etc.

By engaging with political actors, the media, academics, business circles, civil society and citizens, we raise awareness of EU issues and concerns, and promote a stronger partnership between the EU and Bangladesh.

Dear Visitors,

Welcome to the website of the Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh! This is your first point of contact for information related to the European Union (EU) and its activities and programmes in Bangladesh.

The EU continues to be a strong partner of Bangladesh for over 40 years. During this period, the EU has played a major role in Bangladesh's journey to progressively elevate itself from a war-torn country to a country of lower middle income status.

With its liberal trade regime, the EU has provided Bangladesh a platform to become the second largest exporter of readymade garment (RMG) in the world. Today, about 56 percent of exports from Bangladesh go to the EU, the bulk of which is RMG. The RMG revolution has also been instrumental in ensuring economic freedom to a sizable proportion of women in this country. The EU feels honoured to be a part of this achievement.

In the areas of social and rural development in this country, the EU and its Members States have been able to maintain their positions as top grant donors for decades. The European Union is also respected in Bangladesh for its role in helping the country consolidate democracy. The Election Observation Mission (EOM) of the EU has broad acceptance by all political parties and actors in this country.  

For over a decade, the Erasmus Programme has allowed young Bangladeshi students to pursue masters and doctoral studies in various top-class universities in Europe. Alongside that, various public and private universities in Bangladesh are also benefitting from the Erasmus Programme.

The deep cooperation between the EU and Bangladesh cannot be summarized in this brief summery. I would therefore, encourage you to explore the website to learn more about the EU-Bangladesh relations. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to answer them.

Rensje Teerink

Ambassador and the Head of Delegation

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