The European Union (EU) stands by the Egyptian people in their ongoing efforts to achieve democracy, respect for human rights, social justice and security, and supports the country's roadmap to democracy.
After the endorsement of a new Constitution in January 2014, presidential elections in May 2014 and parliamentary elections concluded in December 2015, the convening of the Egyptian Parliament in January 2016 was an important step in the country's political transition. Temporarily on hold in the wake of the January 2011 revolution, the institutional dialogue meetings foreseen by the 2004 Association Agreement have resumed.
The EU-Egypt Association Agreement provides the framework for regular political dialogue between the two partners and enhanced cooperation in a number of key sectors, ranging from trade and investment to energy and education, and also for sustained and substantial EU assistance to Egypt's reform efforts.
The new European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), as endorsed by the Council of the European Union in December 2015, focuses on the stabilisation of the partner countries as its main political priority. To put the revised ENP into practice, the EU and Egypt have engaged in a joint definition of the priorities for their partnership in the years ahead. These priorities will reflect shared interests.