Pacific

Pacific

15/06/2016 - 12:26
EU relations with Region

The European Union is raising its profile and presence in the Pacific while negotiating its post-2020 partnership with Africa, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP) countries.

The EU has a strategic interest in a stable and peaceful Pacific region. Pacific states generally share the EU's common interests and universal values in multilateral fora. They are solid partners in addressing global challenges, in particular when it comes to climate change, protecting the environment and ocean governance.  In this respect, the EU is at the forefront in its international  cooperation and development policy in supporting the implementation of the UN's 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The EU is also developing as a security actor in the Pacific. This is increasingly needed in light of the growing geo-strategic competition in the region which is seeing the emergence of new players in addition to the traditional partners of Pacific island countries in their immediate neighbourhood. The vast natural resources of the Pacific - such as fish, minerals, and forestry – need protection, ensuring their sustainable management, while keeping maritime transport channels free and open. 

Additionally the EU is strengthening its relations with Australia and New Zealand. Free Trade Agreement negotiations are in progress with both countries. The EU's security dialogues with Australia and New Zealand should  facilitate the possibility of those countries' participation in future EU-led crisis operations.

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