Relations between Togo and the European Union are diversified, covering political dialogue, development cooperation, commercial exchanges and cultural relations.
As part of the Cotonou Agreement, the EU initiated consultations with the Togo authorities, which on 14 April 2004 led to the Togolese government agreeing to 22 commitments regarding the respective democratic institutions, Human Rights and the Rule of Law. The EU then supported national and international dialogue, which led to the Global Political Agreement signed in 2006.
Since then, the EU has been supporting the efforts of the Togolese people to consolidate democratisation and respect for fundamental rights, and strengthen the country's role in the sub-region as a factor of stability.
In particular, the EU supported the work of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission, which since 2009 has sought to analyse the causes of instability and to promote peace.
Political dialogue takes place on two levels. On the one hand, the EU has regular meetings with the authorities, all of the political parties and civil society representatives.
On the other hand, there are formal political dialogue meetings. There are regular work sessions, involving government representatives from the EU in Togo, as well as from the EU Member States accredited in Togo.
Supporting the electoral process
The transparent conduct of electoral cycles in line with human rights was one of the EU's development cooperation priorities in 2008-2013. At the 2015 presidential elections, the EU supplied technical and financial support to the electoral regulation institutions, including the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).