Delegation of the European Union to Pakistan
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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.
I am pleased to welcome you to the homepage of the Delegation of the European Union in Pakistan. We hope that our website will provide you with useful information on EU-Pakistan relations and also help you learn more about the European Union, its institutions and its 28 Member States. For more information about the EU please also visit the general website of the institutions and agencies of the European Union.
In many respects, the EU and Pakistan are bound together by a shared history and by common goals and values. Today, many Pakistanis have found a home in Europe and are valued members of our societies, indeed some of them are represented in our parliaments. We are jointly committed to the pursuit of democracy, economic development and peace, globally and in particular in South Asia. And we are joining hands to promote sustainable economic development and inclusive growth through increased international trade.
The 5-year Engagement Plan, which was adopted in 2012 is broadening and deepening the relationship between the European Union and Pakistan. With the common goal of building a partnership for peace and development rooted in shared values, principles and commitments, it aims to facilitate cooperation on a wide range of issues, including democracy, human rights, social development, rule of law, a political and security dialogue, economic cooperation and trade as well as development cooperation, counter terrorism and migration. We are currently exploring what will be the objectives of the successor of the current engagement plan which concludes next year.
In the recent years EU-Pakistan relationships have been marked by major milestones such as the EU Election Observation Mission for the parliamentary elections in May 2013, the granting of GSP+ status for Pakistan in December 2013, which resulted during 2014 in a substantial increase of around 20% in Pakistani exports to the EU (1 billion USD increase). . In exchange, there is a commitment by the Government of Pakistan to fully implement 27 international conventions on human rights, labour rights, good governance and the environment. For the period 2014 – 20 the EU has also decided to substantially increase the development co-operation funds allocated to Pakistan to 635 million EUR for the whole period, roughly the double when compared to the seven previous years, with special focus on critical areas such as education, rural development and support to democratic institutions, human rights, the rule of law, the judiciary and the police.
In the next coming years, with my colleagues in the Delegation, we will continue to work closely with the Government of Pakistan and all segments of the civil society to fully unlock the potential of the 5-year Engagement Plan and it successor making sure they translate into concrete achievements for the citizens of Pakistan and strengthen the bounds between the European Union and Pakistan.
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