The overarching objectives of EU-Iran relations, are based on the Joint Statement from 16 April 2016. Areas of cooperation with Iran include: economic cooperation, trade and investment, agriculture, transport, energy and climate change, civil nuclear cooperation, science, research and innovation, education, culture, environment, drugs, migration, humanitarian issues and regional issues.
In February 2019 the Council of the EU adopted Conclusions on Iran outlining the EU’s common position on its relationship with Iran, the JCPOA, regional issues and human rights.
The EU supports a balanced, comprehensive approach with Iran, including dialogue, with a view to addressing all issues of concern, critical when there are divergences and cooperative when there is mutual interest.
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EU-Iran relations are coordinated at the level of the European Union by the EEAS Iran Task Force, which was established after the conclusion of the of the JCPOA in 2015 and which reports directly to the Secretary General of the EEAS.
The EU does not currently have a Delegation in Iran, It is therefore represented by the member state holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU. Currently the EU is represented by the Embassy of Germany until 31 December 2020 followed by the Embassy of Portugal until 30 June 2021.