Delegation of the European Union to Pakistan
The EU is the largest and most successful regional integration organisation ever and with 28 Member States, it has evolved into the world's largest single market for goods, services, labour and capital with a common foreign and security policy.
The EU maintains diplomatic relations with nearly all countries in the world. Its diplomatic missions operate very much like embassies and high commissions, but are called Delegations. In all, there are 141 Delegations. EU Delegations are staffed from the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the European Commission and the work under the leadership of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini.
The Delegation of the European Union in Islamabad opened in 1985 with the objective of fostering closer ties between the European Union and Pakistan.
The EU is a major provider of development assistance to Pakistan. The EU is also one of the main trading partners of Pakistan accounting for the largest share of Pakistan’s global exports. But EU-Pakistan relations are not just about “trade and aid.” Our relations cover cooperation on a broad range of issues, including political dialogue, security and counterterrorism, migration, human rights and disarmament and non-proliferation. The framework for the relationship is the EU-Pakistan Five-year Engagement Plan , signed in March 2012, which reflects the new dimension of this partnership. The current version of the Engagement Plan expires in 2017 and discussions have started to elaborate its replacement.