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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.
Welcome to the website of the Delegation of the European Union to the Eastern Caribbean Countries, the OECS and CARICOM/CARIFORUM. Our Delegation represents the European Union in eleven countries and territories in the region. These are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines, and three United Kingdom Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) namely Montserrat, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands; as well as the French collective of St. Barthelemy. The Delegation is also accredited to the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM).
In having this web presence, our hope is to bring to you as much information as possible on the European Union and our long-standing relationship with the countries of the Eastern Caribbean to which the Delegation is accredited, and more generally with the wider Caribbean Region.
Over the years we have built a strong partnership with the countries of the Eastern Caribbean with whom we are bound in a joint effort of development co-operation. This effort, underpinned by the successive Lomé Conventions and now the Cotonou Agreement signed in 2000, is aimed at improving the conditions of life of the populations in the beneficiary countries through sustainable programmes.
Many areas of substantial importance to the countries in the region receive assistance: agriculture especially bananas, trade, tourism, education, health, the environment as well as the economic infrastructure to facilitate economic diversification.
In the context of the EU Lisbon Treaty, which came into force in December 2009, the Delegation has now assumed the role of representing, coordinating and negotiating on behalf of the European Union through the newly created European External Action Service. The Head of Delegation reports to the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, who is also a Vice President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini. This new setup is aimed at increasing coherence of action of the European Union in all aspects of its external dimension.
I hope this website will help bring closer to the general public the vast co-operation programme that has made the European Union the largest grant aid development partner in the region.
Additionally, on this website you will find many interesting links to the vast European Union website Europa and the websites of many of the European Union's Member States, plus other regional websites, all providing rich sources of information.
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