Relations between the European Union and the Kingdom of Eswatini are cordial, but the EU is critical of the democratisation process within the country. During the regular political dialogues and direct engagements with the King, the EU has called for democratisation and for the implementation of the Constitution, which provides for freedom of association, assembly and expression.
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.
The EU’s cooperation strategy with Eswatini under the 11th European Development Fund (2014-20) is outlined in the National Indicative Programme 2014-20 for Eswatini. The indicative allocation for the country is €62 million and focuses on the following areas: (1) Agriculture (€40 million); (2) Social protection (€15 million); and (3) Support measures (€7 million).
The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, was in Abuja on Saturday, 14 May, to attend the 2nd Regional Security Summit hosted by Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari.The Summit was a follow-up to the 2014 Boko Haram Summit, convened in Paris by French President Francois Hollande, who also attended the Abuja Summit.
High Representative Federica Mogherini called today on all parties in Syria to return to the negotiating table to work on the country's political transition. After a day of intense discussions in Vienna, the International Syria Support Group agreed a four-page joint statement underlining the international community's 'determination to strengthen the Cessation of Hostilities', 'to ensure full and sustained humanitarian access in Syria' and 'to ensure progress toward a peaceful political transition'.
On the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the EU reiterates its strong commitment to the equality and dignity of all human beings irrespective of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
Today marks the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). The day represents an annual landmark to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, opinion leaders and local authorities to the alarming situation faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people and all those who do not conform to majority sexual and gender norms. It is also an opportunity to recognise the bravery of IDAHOT activists and allies around the world.