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In recent decades the European Union has been one of the strategic partners of El Salvador.
Relations between El Salvador and the EU are based on two instruments:
The political pillar will help strengthening political and diplomatic relations, by establishing mechanisms that will enable the flow of information and the adoption of joint positions concerning issues of global importance.
The EU has also played an active role in the electoral observation missions in El Salvador, by participating with Electoral Expert Missions in the 2009 and 2012 elections.
El Salvador and the EU have consolidated their economic relations through the establishment of the Association Agreement between the EU and Central America (explanatory document), which represents an opportunity for El Salvador’s development.
Its implementation means a series of specific benefits for Central America, including:
The trade pillar of the Association Agreement between the EU and Central America (explanatory document) entered into force in 2013, expanding and improving trade relations between the EU and El Salvador through a reciprocal trade liberalisation process. This has represented a positive step in the process of providing legal clarity and consolidating access to the European market for El Salvador products.
This agreement promotes the following objectives:
for its part, El Salvador mainly imports transportation machinery and equipment from the EU (45.9 % of the total) and manufactured products (19.6 % of the total).
The EU is one of El Salvador’s main official development aid donors and has adopted a Multi-Annual Indicative Programme (MIP) for the period 2014-2020, which outlines its cooperation with El Salvador funded by the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI).
The strategic objectives of the EU's bilateral coopeation with El Salvador are as follows:
As outlined in its Multi-Annual Indicative Programme, the EU's development cooperation will particularly focus on two focal sectors, namely youth and social inclusion; and private sector development.
Civil society is a key actor for the European Union, and the EU maintains a close dialogue with representatives of civil society in El Salvador.
To make this dialogue more effective and improve the impact, predictability and visibility of EU actions, the Delegation of the European Union, in collaboration with the member states of the EU, Spain, France, Italy and the United Kingdom, and civil society organisations (CSOs) have sketched a Roadmap for Engagement with Civil Society for the period 2014-2020.
The European Union – El Salvador Medal is an annual initiative created by the EU Delegation in El Salvador to recognise the work of people or institutions that contribute to the strengthening of bilateral relations (political, economic, trade and cooperation relations), and to the promotion of values shared by the European Union and El Salvador.
The European – El Salvador Medal was awarded for the first time in May 2016. The first Salvadoran citizen who received this recognition is businesswoman, Mrs. Elena María de Alfaro, who has been deeply committed to promoting social corporate responsibility and the empowerment of women.
Read the recognition profile.
The EU wishes to preserve Europe's common cultural heritage and helps making it more accessible to others, as well as supports and promotes the European arts and creative industries.
With this objective in mind, the Delegation of the EU and the embassies of Germany, Spain, France, Italy and the United Kingdom commemorated Europe Day (9 May) in El Salvador with a cultural, academic and sporting agenda in order to highlight this exciting story of economic and political integration between different countries and peoples.
Under the motto 'United in Diversity', 'Europe Month' is organised in El Salvador every year, the purpose of which is to be a small testimonial to the cultural wealth of a continent that has created the largest space for peace, security, liberty and justice in the world.
The events of 'Europe Month' include a wide range of activities, most of them free of charge, including the European Film Festival, numerous concerts, gastronomic events, photography exhibitions, radio and television programmes, public conferences, family activities and sporting competitions.
'Europe Month' was conceived through the joint hard work of European embassies in El Salvador, their respective cultural forums, European schools, and countless Salvadoran institutions (public and private) that provide unconditional support for the staging of all the events.
The full agenda of 'Europe Month' is available every April on the websites and social media of the Delegation of the European Union and of the country's European embassies.