Since 1961, the European Union (EU) has had preferential political and economic relations with Ivory Coast.
The EU has maintained its commitment to Ivory Coast despite periods of crisis and changes of government. This partnership, which is a long-term project, is based on a respect for shared fundamental interests and values. The EU has therefore shown a strong commitment to peace and democracy, particularly during the crisis that followed the 2010 elections, when it took steps to ensure that the democratic choice made by the Ivorian people at the polls was respected.
The EU is working closely with the Ivorian government to restore the country's status as a regional centre for stability and growth. It is supporting the government's efforts to achieve national reconciliation, strengthen the rule of law and good governance, and stimulate the country's social and economic recovery.
At a regional level, the EU is supporting Ivory Coast in its desire to regain its rightful place in regional and sub-regional bodies.