The Delegation of the European Union to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean States, the OECS and CARICOM/CARIFORUM is part of the European External Action Service (the EU's "Foreign Service") and is one of the 140 Delegations around the world. Based in Barbados, it also represents the EU to Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Delegation is also responsible for relations with three Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs), Anguilla, British Virgin Islands and Montserrat.
The Delegation opened its first offices in Barbados in 1976 and today the partnership is defined by the Cotonou Agreement and the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPAs).
The role of the Delegation is to promote the values and policies of the European Union, in an open and equal partnership with the Governments and people of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean; to implement development and trade policies focussing on poverty alleviation and on the promotion of democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law as well as the smooth and gradual integration of the countries into the world economy; to deepen the political dialogue on all issues of mutual interest and to strengthen the partnership; and to support CARICOM regional integration as well as the planned development regional policies, programmes and institutions.
The United Kingdom and France are the only EU Member States to have embassies in the countries to which this Delegation is accredited, though many are represented by Honorary Consuls. Spain has a Charge' based in St Lucia. The task of the Delegation, beyond the representation of European Community interests, is one of co-ordination and co-operation with these missions.