Political & economic relation

The Delegation of the European Union to the Kingdom of Swaziland is part of the extended network of Union representations abroad placed under the responsibility of the High Representative / Vice President of the Commission with the duty to assist her in carrying out her mission of representing the Union and enforcing its external policy.

The Delegation main task is to implement the Cotonou Partnership Agreement linking the EU Member States to the African Caribbean and Pacific Countries including the Kingdom of Swaziland. The central objective of this partnership is to reduce and ultimately eradicate poverty through sustainable development, the progressive integration into the world economy and the promotion of the rule of law, democracy and human rights.

The EU Delegation helps organise twice a year, with the Government of Swaziland, the political dialogue provided for by Article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement to review all specific political issues of mutual concern including developments concerning the respect for human rights, democratic principles, the rule of law and good governance.

The development of regional integration in Africa, especially the progress of the EU-Africa Partnership and Action Plan is closely monitored by the Delegation. The delegation also follows the progress of the negotiations for the conclusion of an Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and the SADC countries.