Cape Verde and the EU have enjoyed a close and very constructive relationship for more than 35 years, based first of all on significant and continuing development cooperation.
Today, Cape Verde and the EU also share a strong commitment to the common values of democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law, and promote and defend these in many international fora.
The very successful evolution of the relationship in these various areas led to the creation of the EU-Cape Verde Special Partnership in 2007.
Cape Verde and the EU have enjoyed a close and very constructive relationship for more than 35 years, based first of all on significant and continuing development cooperation.Today, Cape Verde and the EU also share a strong commitment to the common values of democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law, and promote and defend these in many international fora.Following the Cotonou Agreement of 2000, Cape Verde and the European Union decided to reinforce their relations in a unique way through two new instruments: The EU-Cape Verde Special Partnership, and the EU-Cape Verde Partnership for Mobility.
The EU/Cape Verde Special Partnership was created in 2007 with the aim of giving expression to and further developing the particularly close and successful evolution of the relationship in various areas ranging from many different aspects of development cooperation to a regular political dialogue at high and highest level, with the overarching aim of promoting common interests and values. As priority areas of action, the following six pillars were created:
- Good governance
- Regional integration
- Technical and Regulatory Convergence
- Knowledge-based Society
- The fight against poverty, and development.
In the framework of this partnership, an Action Plan for Security and Stability was launched in 2014, and adopted at the Ministerial Meeting in Luxembourg in 2015.
The Mobility Partnership (PpM, 2008), for which Cape Verde was selected as a pilot state, is a political framework for increased dialogue and cooperation between the EU and Cape Verde in the area of migration. This partnership includes concrete initiatives from both parties, including two agreements in force on facilitating issuing of visas and readmission of persons. In the Schengen area, Portugal manages the Common Visa Centre (CCV, one of various projects funded under the PpM) dealing with short-term visa requests on behalf of 15 EU Member States.
In 2017, we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Special Partnership with a series of political, cultural and cooperation events in May. This will include a high-level EU visit to Cape Verde, a concert and other cultural activities, and high-level conference which will provide an assessment of the achievements of the first 10 years of the Special Partnership, and discuss ideas for its future deepening and enhancement.