The Delegation of the European Union to the Kingdom of Lesotho is part of the extended network of Union representations abroad placed under the responsibility of the High Representative / Vice President of the Commission, Josep Borrell Fontelles with the duty to assist him in carrying out his mission of representing the Union and promoting its external policy.
The Delegation's main task is to implement the Cotonou Partnership Agreement linking the EU Member States to the African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries. The central objective of this partnership is to reduce and ultimately eradicate poverty through sustainable development, the progressive integration of partner countries into the world economy and the promotion of the rule of law, democracy and human rights.
The main interlocutor for the implementation of the EU's cooperation with Lesotho is the National Authorising Officer (NAO), who is Lesotho's Minister of Finance.
The roles and responsibilities of the NAO as per Article 35 of the Cotonou Agreement (see: Consolidated text of the Cotonou Agreement) include coordination, programming, regular monitoring and reviewing of the implementation of activities under Lesotho - EU cooperation.
Under the umbrella of Article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement, the Political Dialogue takes place with the objective of exchanging information, fostering mutual understanding and facilitating the establishment of agreed priorities and shared agendas. The aim is also to facilitate and strengthen cooperation within international fora and to promote and sustain a system of effective multilateralism. It focuses on specific political issues of mutual concern or of general significance at the international level.