I am pleased to welcome you to the website of the Delegation of the European Union to Ethiopia. I hope that you will find it interesting, useful, and comprehensive. Our goal is to inform you on all aspects of the enduring and strategic relationship between the European Union and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
The European Union and its Member States are amongst the longest standing and most important development partners of Ethiopia. Development cooperation by the EU institutions with Ethiopia started in 1975 upon the signing of the Lomé Convention. Since then the 28 Member States of the European Union signed and ratified the Lisbon Treaty in 2009 and are engaged in a strong political and cooperation process beyond the borders of the European Union.
In the context of the Lisbon Treaty, the Delegation of the European Union to Ethiopia has assumed the role of representing, coordinating and negotiating in Ethiopia on behalf of the European Union. This role is both a challenge and great opportunity for the Delegation and is conducted in close cooperation with the 21 EU Member States represented in Ethiopia.
The European Union relationship with Ethiopia is currently governed by the Cotonou Agreement, which was signed between the EU and African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) countries including Ethiopia in 2000. The Cotonou Agreement is a Partnership between signatories covering Political, Economic and Trade relations, as well as Development Cooperation. It is centred around a common objective of reducing poverty, consistent with the goal of achieving sustainable development and the gradual integration of the ACP countries into the world economy.
The signature of a new Strategic Engagement document between the European Union and Ethiopia in June 2016 marks a new level of engagement between the two countries. Its six areas of focus represent the strategic interests of both parties and are equally accepted as areas where progress is sought by both sides. The six areas are: regional peace and security; countering terrorism and violent radicalisation; migration; social and economic development, investment and trade; governance and human rights and climate change and environmental cooperation.
Through the new Strategic Engagement and the Cotonou Agreement the European Union is strongly committed to further expand and deepen its cooperation to augment Ethiopia’s efforts of achieving the current Growth and Transformation Plan which envisions Ethiopia as a middle income country by the year 2025. The European Union's priority areas for cooperation are in infrastructure, health, rural development and food security, and of course democracy and human rights and support to civil society organizations. In addition the European Union trade and economic relationship with Ethiopia is extremely important to both partners and is strongly supported by the European Union Delegation, including through the "European Union Business Forum in Ethiopia". All of these activities are underpinned and supported by a robust and meaningful political dialogue with the Government of Ethiopia.
I have a constructive and transparent relationship with our host, the Government of Ethiopia, as well as with all actors in Ethiopian society, diplomatic missions and all international organizations. All my colleagues and I in the Delegation are strongly committed to deepening ties between the EU and Ethiopia in all areas of common interest.
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Ambassador Chantal Hebberecht
Head of Delegation