I am pleased to welcome you to the website of the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Mozambique.
This website should provide you with useful information on the role, activities and programmes of this Delegation, as well as access to key documents governing European Union relations with Mozambique. The website also provides information on local funding opportunities, as well as details of the EU funded programmes in Mozambique. In addition there are links to information on the European Union, the policies and activities of its institutions and Member States.
Since the opening of the Delegation in 1985, our role has greatly expanded reflecting the increasing importance of the relationship between the European Union and Mozambique. Today, together with its Member States, the European Union is the first trading partner, investor and donor in Mozambique.
The EU relationship with Mozambique is governed by the Cotonou Agreement, which was signed between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries including Mozambique in 2000 and was amended for the second time in June 2010. The Cotonou Agreement is a Partnership covering Political, Economic and Trade relations, as well as Development Cooperation. It is centred around a common objective of reducing poverty, consistent with the goal of achieving sustainable development and the gradual integration of the ACP countries into the world economy.
The latest Country Strategy Paper together with National Indicative Programme for the period of 2008-2013 was signed in 2007 and is currently being implemented. Our main areas of cooperation in Mozambique are governance, macro-economic support, infrastructures and regional integration, food security, rural development and social sectors. Our overarching priority is to help Mozambique meet the Millennium Development Goals through support to the national poverty reduction programme. We work very closely with other bilateral and multilateral organizations operating in Mozambique to make our assistance as efficient as possible and to respect the leading role of the government. We aim to be accountable both to our citizens and to those of Mozambique.
The EU's Lisbon Treaty (in force since December 2009) strengthened Europe's role in the world, having given the Union new means to reinforce its cooperation with Mozambique and other partner countries. The Delegation now falls under the authority of the High Representative of the European Union for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, Catherine Ashton and has a wider mandate. EU Delegations around the world are now part of the European External Action Service, which brings together expertise from Member Sates and the European Commission. They speak for the EU in all its affairs, representing, coordinating and negotiating on behalf of the European Union. It constitutes a challenge and a great opportunity for this Delegation to assume this role in close cooperation with the EU Member States represented in Mozambique.
I arrived in Mozambique in February 2011 and I am looking forward to a constructive and transparent relationship with our host, the Government of Mozambique, as well as with all actors of Mozambican society, diplomatic missions and international organizations. My colleagues in the Delegation and I are strongly committed to deepen ties between the EU and Mozambique in all aspects of common interest.
I hope you find our website useful and informative and I look forward to hearing from you and receiving feedback on the relevance of information provided, ease of use and any other points you wish to bring to my attention.
Enjoy surfing our website and thank you for your interest!
Head of Delegation