Relations between El Salvador and the European Union (EU) are developed under the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement and the Association Agreement, which strengthen political dialogue, cooperation and trade between the EU and Central America.
In recent decades the European Union has been one of the strategic partners of El Salvador.
Relations between El Salvador and the EU are based on two instruments:
- the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA) between the European Union and Central America, which was ratified in 2014. This agreement has made it possible to strengthen political dialogue and expand the exchange of information and cooperation on issues such as regional integration, the reduction of poverty, social cohesion, sustainable development and conflict prevention and resolutions, among others,
- the Association Agreement with Central America (at the implementation phase, explanatory document), which is based on three pillars: political dialogue, cooperation and trade, which are mutually strengthened as tools to promote economic growth, democracy and political stability in Central America.
The political pillar will help to strengthen political and diplomatic relations, by establishing mechanisms that will enable the flow of information and the adoption of joint positions concerning issues of global importance.
The EU has also played an active role in the electoral observation missions in El Salvador, by participating with Electoral Expert Missions in the 2012 and 2014 elections.