Partnership between the European Union and Malawi is based on the ACP-EU Cotonou Partnership Agreement. In a framework of respect for universal human rights, this landmark pact reaffirms the EU’s willingness to make a significant contribution to poverty eradication, sustainable development and gradual (regional and global) integration of African Caribbean and Pacific countries into the world economy.
Political and Policy dialogues
Relations between Malawi and the EU are traditionally cordial and close. Two EU Member States are represented at embassy level in Malawi, namely Germany and Ireland.
The Cotonou Agreement, notably its articles 8 to 13, defines the bilateral framework for the political dialogue between Malawi and the EU. Other conventions and political commitments include the EU-Africa Strategic Partnership, the Country Strategy Paper (CSP) and the National Indicative Programme (NIP). In addition there are the Malawi strategic documents, in particular the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy II 2011/12-2015/6 and the National Export Strategy 2013-2018.
Further dialogue and cooperation between Malawi and the EU also involve the African Union (AU), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).