EU-Cambodia Framework Cooperation Agreement
A framework agreement [3 MB] on cooperation between the European Union (EU) and Cambodia was signed on 29 April 1997 and came into force on 1 November 1999, marking a new chapter in relations between the two parties.
The first such agreement between the EU and Cambodia, the pact reflected the importance attached by the signatories to the establishment of lasting trade relations and the stepping up of economic and development cooperation activities.
The agreement focuses on economic and development cooperation in the broad sense. Respect for, and recognition by both parties of, democratic principles and human rights as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights also form an essential element.
A Joint Committee has been established in order to ensure the smooth operation and effective implementation of the agreement. The committee meets every two years, alternatively in Phnom Penh and Brussels. Sub-groups also meet on a regular basis, focussing on key areas of mutual interest such as the cooperation portfolio; governance and human rights; and trade relations.
EC-ASEAN Cooperation Agreement
Cambodia acceded to the 1980 EC-ASEAN Cooperation Agreement on 28 July 2000. Participation in the agreement allows parties to be involved in EC-ASEAN cooperation activities. Both sides are working on a number of projects designed to enhance trade and investment between the two regions and to promote mutual understanding.
EC-Cambodia Trade in Textiles Agreement
Between 1999 and 2002, a "Textile Agreement" between the European Union and the Royal Government of Cambodian ensured unlimited access to the EU's Single Market for all Cambodian textile products. This agreement was superseded by the Everything but Arms initiative, which provides Cambodia with duty- and quota-free market access.Back to Political & economic relations