Delegation of the European Union to Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste and the EU

17/05/2016 - 16:06
EU relations with Country

The EU-Timor-Leste relationship goes back to 1999 and they started working together more closely since 2006.

Timor Leste signed up to the Cotonou Agreement in 2005. The Partnership Agreement comprises members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States - of which Timor-Leste is now part - and the EU and its Member States.

It focuses on three main areas:

  • Political cooperation
  • Development cooperation
  • Economic and trade cooperation 

Its ultimate goal is to reduce and eventually eradicate poverty and integrate the ACP countries into the world economy.

There is also a special emphasis on conflict resolution and peace building.

Several joint institutions were set up to ensure the agreement is run properly:

  • The ACP-EU Council of Ministers
  • The ACP-EU Committee of Ambassadors
  • The joint Parliamentary Assembly

The agreement started in 2000 and lasts until 2020.

A Political Dialogue, as foreseen in article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement, is held regularly.

The EU is helping introduce the necessary economic and institutional reforms for Timor-Leste. This aims to create the right conditions for investment, and help maintain a competitive private sector.

The Cotonou Agreement is vital for introducing the necessary fiscal and monetary policies that will spur economic growth and create jobs across the country.

The Cotonou Partnership Agreement provides the legal framework for EU and Timor-Leste trade relations. It aims to liberalise trade between both sides, while enhancing development and development-finance.

The EU has improved Timor Leste's access to its market through its Everything but Arms initiative. This gives the country full duty free and quota-free access to the EU for all its exports except for arms and armaments.

The EU has also developed a comprehensive training programme for the Ministry of Tourism, Commerce and Industry, helping staff there deal effectively with trade-related issues.

As Timor Leste is located so far from the EU, there is not a significant amount of trade between both sides. In fact, Portugal is the only EU country that has some kind of trade with Timor Leste.

SERVE is the “One-Stop-Shop”, with all services related with business registration and licensing.

Timorese business Associations:

Câmara de Comércio e Indústria de Timor-Leste
Presidente: Oscar Lima –

Associação Nacional dos Jovens Empresários
Presidente: Jorge Serrano -

Doing Business with the State:

Ministry of Finance - Current Tenders

Book 6 - State Budget 2014

French companies 

Communication & marketing

EVECOM Event communication & marketing

Julie BODIN TORELLI (Associate Director)

Pantai Kelapa

Dili Timor leste

Tel: 670 7800 0846

Logistics and International Movers

SDV Logistics East Timor Unipessoal Lda

Yann WICKERS (Deputy General Manager)

Av. Presidente Lobato Bairo dos Grilos

Dili East Timor

Tel: 670 3322 818

Fax: 3324077

Sustainable development

Manado Suistainable development through people's hands


Tel: 670 77994074

Graphic Designer/Photographer


Bebonuk Dili Timor leste

Tel: 670 77052959

Photograph/Film Maker

Pierre Yves LAPEYRONNIE (Free Lance)

Tel: 77338826

Portuguese companies


Paulo Correia

Igal – Produtos alimentares
Ana Pereira

Food – Olive oil

António Veladas


Arquitecta Alexandra Sá Torrão

Uma Arkitetura
Arquitecto Luís Miguel Fareleira

Arquitecto Flávio Miranda

Arquitecto Pedro Azevedo e Silva

Lorosae Concept
Joaquim de Brito

Engineering and building companies

ACF Timor-Leste Construção e Engenharias

Dalan Engenharia, Estudos e Projetos

Ensul Engenharia

Engipro Arquitetura, Engenharia e Fiscalização

Empresa: CerTerres - Engenharias, Lda.
Eng. Civil Nelson Cerveira

Car dealer

Entreposto Timor

Business association

Associação dos Empresários Portugueses do Sudeste Asiático

Presidente: Joaquim de Brito

Finish Companies

Energy Services

Wartsila Indonesia Unip.Lda (Branch Office of PT. Wartsila Indonesia)

Tomas Enander

Tel: +670 7 350 7518, +670 7 798 8562

Dutch Companies


Heineken Timor, S.A

General Manager: Vinay Mathur

Tel: +6597529670

The technical and financial cooperation constitutes the main component of the Cotonou Agreement. The latter, valid for 20 years (from 2000 to 2020) is broken down to implementation periods of 5-6 years. Each period is covered by a global financial envelope called the European Development Fund (EDF). The current one, covering the period 2014 – 2020 is called the 11th EDF. Under this fund, a National Indicative Programme (NIP), is negotiated, agreed and signed between the EU and each one of the ACP countries. A total amount is included therein. The NIP specifies the priority areas to be supported by the EC during the 11th EDF period.

For Timor-Leste, the amount of the 11th EDF is €95 million (equivalent to around US$110 million). The EDF interventions will focus on the following areas, which are considered vital for the Country's continued sustainable and inclusive development:

  1. Good Governance – through reforms of the public finance management system, as well as check and balance institutions to ensure an effective and transparent implementation and monitoring of development policies. An amount of EUR 30 million, or some 32% of the total NIP, is foreseen for initiatives in this area;
  2. Rural Development – with specific emphasis on rural access, skill development in rural areas in productive sectors (agricultural production and processing, road construction and maintenance), and on nutrition (with the aim reducing food insecurity and malnutrition), to improve economic opportunities and the delivery of Government services. An amount of EUR 57 million, or 60 % of the total NIP, is foreseen for this;
  3. Support Measures – for which an amount of EUR 8 million, or some 8% of the total NIP, is earmarked. This includes activities aimed at supporting the programming, preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and visibility of EU-TL cooperation, support to the NAO to ensure effective management of the NIP, and may also cover limited support to assist the Country's accession to ASEAN and to strengthen the Government's capacity to meet its ASEAN commitments.

Out of these €95 million, one project for a total of €5 million, the EU-TL Cooperation Support Facility (CSF), has already been signed with the Government. Two other projects, for a total of €57 million have been submitted to the European Commission for decision during 2016.

The Cotonou Agreement, which governs the relations between the EU and the ACP countries, accords special importance to the vital role of the civil society in the socio-economic development of partner countries. To this effect, the convention calls for the provision of special financial allocations, in the National Indicative Programmes of each ACP countries, for actions in support of the Non State Actors. For Timor-Leste, an amount of €4 million has been earmarked for such an operation.

With a view to ensuring the relevance and effectiveness of such an aid, the EU Delegation to Timor-Leste is in a regular dialogue with the Non State Actors, especially the umbrella organisations like FONGTIL, KSTL, Rede Feto, Chamber of Commerce, etc. More direct dialogue does take place in the framework of the implementation of EC-funded projects in which NSAs are being used as service providers. Further interactions are taking place in the framework of participations in common meetings, reviews, seminars, etc. Moreover, NSAs are also invited to comment on important draft documents prepared by the EU Delegation in Timor-Leste.

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