A brief glance at this website will provide visitors with up-to-date information on the European Union, its institutions and policies as well as its activities in Sierra Leone, Africa, and the world.
The adoption of the Treaty of Lisbon, which entered into force on 1st December 2009, marked an important milestone in the integration of the European Union. I am confident that, thanks to the greater ambition and potential in EU's external action stemming from the Treaty, and the new institutional set up with the establishment of the European External Action Service, the role of the European Union as a partner of the Republic of Sierra Leone will be strengthened.
The EU Delegation in Freetown will work to that effect, together with the Member States of the European Union represented in Sierra Leone.
The Treaty of Lisbon enhances the European Union's capacity to promote universal principles abroad: Democracy, the rule of law, human rights, human dignity, fundamental freedoms, and the principles of equality and solidarity.
These values certainly have a particular appeal here in Sierra Leone, which has experienced, in its recent history, the dramatic consequences of being deprived from Democracy and the rule of law.
Fortunately, times have changed and Sierra Leone is now robustly defending and promoting peace and Democracy. It is, in many ways, a remarkable barometer of change that the country, which a few years ago hosted the biggest peacekeeping force in the world, is now itself contributing troops to support the peacekeeping mission in Darfur.
Indeed, Sierra Leone has come a long way on the difficult transition from post conflict to economic reconstruction and development. Important challenges remain nevertheless, and above all, poverty, and its many, too many faces and dimensions here.
The eradication of poverty is the primary objective of the European Union development cooperation under the Treaty of Lisbon. To this end, we will pursue our continuous and close cooperation with Sierra Leone, that addresses several of the main objectives of the country's "Agenda for change" notably through budgetary aid, and support in the area of good governance, transport, energy, agriculture, and the environment.
The important challenges confronting Sierra Leone in the pursuit of the Millenium Development Goals and the fight against poverty impose on us a particular duty to enhance the effectiveness and impact of our cooperation, as we have committed to do in the framework of the aid effectiveness agenda.
The EU is determined to deliver on these commitments, and the Delegation in Freetown will play its full part, in close partnership with the Government, in a coordinated way with development partners and international agencies as well as in cooperation with civil society.
I hope this website responds to your needs for information on the European Union and its work in Sierra Leone.
Enjoy surfing our website and thank you for your interest.
Head of EU Delegation