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The Delegation of the European Union in Eritrea is one of 139 Delegations around the globe, which represent the Union’s foreign, trade and security policy, and work as the eyes and ears of the Union and its mouthpiece vis-à-vis the authorities and the general population.

The EU’s external policies, strategies, instruments and missions to support stability, promote human rights and democracy, seek to spread prosperity and support the enforcement of the rule of law and good governance.

Relations between Eritrea and the European Union go back to the first years of Eritrean independence. The European Commission opened its Delegation in Asmara in 1995. Throughout the last 20 years, the EU has actively worked in cooperation with Eritrean authorities to improve the livelihoods of the Eritrean people.

The EU is active in a wide range of topics, from human rights to transport and trade. A list of topics which summarise what the EU does in a specific area, useful links to relevant bodies, laws and documents.

Useful information on travelling from Eritrea to the EU, such as visas, travel restrictions and consulates, and for studying there.

The EU offers jobs to citizens in different ways, it also offers public contracts and provides funding in the form of grants to support projects and organisations.


Since the creation of the so-called Schengen Zone travel between EU countries has become much easier.
Quality, diversity, and opportunity are among the many benefits of European higher education institutions.


Find out more about what the European Union is, its history and its countries. Facts and figures about living in the EU.


The EU’s relationship with the region; information on its history and the EU policies and programmes.