The EU Delegation to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and ECOWAS is a full diplomatic mission representing the European Union in Nigeria, with concurrent accreditation to the regional economic body, ECOWAS, headquartered in Abuja.
The European Union is made up of 27 Member States, has a population of around 500 million and is the largest trading bloc in the world. Nigeria is a key strategic partner of the European Union, being Africa's most populous nation and its biggest economy. It is the biggest EU diplomatic hub in the continent.
The activities of the Delegation of the European Union in Nigeria are developed in close coordination with the Member States of the European Union with diplomatic representation in the country. 19 out of the current 27 Member States are accredited in Nigeria: Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Hungary, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden.
The Delegation's mandate includes the following:
- To actively promote the values and policies of the European Union, in an open and equal partnership with the Government and people of Nigeria;
- To deepen the political dialogue on all issues of mutual interest and to strengthen the partnership both with Nigeria and ECOWAS ;
- To implement the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy, the development and trade policies focusing 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 developing countries into the world economy;
- To inform Nigeria and ECOWAS about the policies and programmes of the European Union, as well as its institutions and values;
- To support regional integration in the Economic Community of West African States as well as the planned development of Pan-African policies, programmes and institutions.
The European Commission is one of the institutions of the European Union, the others being the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the Court of Justice and the Court of Auditors.