EU Relations with Belize

EU relations and cooperation with Belize are carried out both on bilateral and regional and basis, the latter within the framework of the on-going EU-CELAC and EU-CARIFORUM dialogues. Belize is party to the Partnership Agreement between the members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and the European Union and its Member States, the "Cotonou Agreement".

The EU-Belize cooperation strategy for the period 2008-2013 focuses on Rural Development. Under the Accompanying Measures for ACP Sugar Protocol Countries, the EU supports Belize to improve the efficiency of cane production and processing, as well as economic diversification. In addition, under the Special Framework of Assistance to ACP Banana Producing Countries, the main thrust is given to modernise its industry and to cater for social needs in the banana area.

At regional level, the Caribbean is pioneer in signing, in October 2008, the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), between the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM countries) and the EU, a framework to help make trade, investment and development assistance easier for all parties, in particular promoting regional integration. Belize is a signatory of the EPA and ratified the agreement in May 2011. 

In November 2012 the member states of the EU and the Caribbean adopted the new Joint Caribbean-European Union Partnership Strategy . This Strategy will enhance Caribbean– European Union relations and broaden the engagement by adding a political pillar to the traditionally development and trade cooperation based relationship with the Caribbean region. The strategy focuses on Regional Integration, Haiti Reconstruction, Climate Change and Natural Disasters, Crime and Security, and Joint Action in Multilateral Fora.