The Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Malawi has a number of functions:
- Representing the EU in all its affairs;
- Permanently holding the local EU Presidency;
- Ensuring follow-up of bilateral relations in the areas of political, economic, trade and external assistance cooperation;
- Ensuring the long-term programming and management of aid in cooperation with the Malawi government;
- Promoting the values of the EU and helping to increase visibility, awareness and understanding of the Union.
The EU's engagement with Malawi is part of the wider engagement the EU enjoys with all African, Caribbean and Pacific countries through the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement, signed in Cotonou on 23 June 2000, which will expire in 2020. Negotiations for the future partnership agreement are ongoing and will bring the relationship between the EU and its ACP partners into a new era, building on the idea of a partnership of equals, around shared principles and interests. The EU's engagement with Malawi is also part of the wider partnership between the African Union and the European Union, which revolves around the common priorities of:
The National Indicative Programme for the period 2014-2020 translates these wider commitments in a solid partnership with the Government of Malawi, and it aligns to national priorities and Sustainable Development Goals. It is built around three priority sectors:
The total amount of the allocation for Malawi for the period 2014-2020 is € 560 Million, out of which close to € 400 Million are already under implementation, with major programmes like Chilungamo (justice and accountability), Kulima (agriculture), Afikepo (nutrition and SoSuRe (social protection).
In addition to the envelope under the bilateral allocation for Malawi, the EU Delegation is also managing the EU grant contribution to important infrastructure projects cofinanced with Financial institutions like the European Investment Bank. Such projects include for instance the rehabilitation of several northern segments of the M1 road or the Malawi-Moçambique energy inter-connector.