The EU-Timor-Leste relationship goes back to 1999 and they started working together more closely since 2006.
Timor Leste signed up to the Cotonou Agreement in 2005. The Partnership Agreement comprises members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States - of which Timor-Leste is now part - and the EU and its Member States.
It focuses on three main areas:
- Political cooperation
- Development cooperation
- Economic and trade cooperation
Its ultimate goal is to reduce and eventually eradicate poverty and integrate the ACP countries into the world economy.
There is also a special emphasis on conflict resolution and peace building.
Several joint institutions were set up to ensure the agreement is run properly:
- The ACP-EU Council of Ministers
- The ACP-EU Committee of Ambassadors
- The joint Parliamentary Assembly
The agreement started in 2000 and lasts until 2020.
A Political Dialogue, as foreseen in article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement, is held regularly.