Since it gained independence in 1962, Jamaica has enjoyed close economic and political ties with the EU.
Political relations between Jamaica and the EU centre around various agreements:
- The African, Caribbean Pacific (ACP) EU Partnership Agreement - Also known as the Cotonou Agreement, this is the most comprehensive partnership agreement between developing countries and the EU. It focuses on:
- Development cooperation
- Political cooperation
- Economic and trade cooperation
- Paris Declaration – this is a roadmap to improve the quality of aid and its impact on development.
Jamaica also participates in the EU-CELAC (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States summits that take place every other year.