The relations between the EU and the Republic of the Congo are established within the framework of the Cotonou Agreement, which has the central objective of reducing poverty.
The fight against poverty follows a global development strategy, evaluated using qualitative and quantitative indicators. This integrated strategy combines the political (regional cooperation), economic (development of the private sector, structural and sectoral reforms), social (young people, equal opportunities), cultural and environmental dimensions of the country.
The development programme, set out as part of the agreement, is based on political dialogue, which must address all issues of mutual interest. It mainly concerns:
- the consolidation of peace,
- the prevention and resolution of conflicts,
- respect for human rights,
- democratic principles and the rule of law,
- the correct management of public affairs.
Procedures are set up to be applied in the event of human rights violations or corruption.