EU Relations with Dominican Republic

EU relations and cooperation with the Dominican Republic 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.

The EU-Dominican Republic cooperation strategy for the period 2008-2013 focuses mainly on General Budget Support, Sector Budget Support to Education and Governance. In addition, the Dominican Republic is involved in the bi-national EU cooperation programme with Haiti, providing support for developing cross border cooperation with Haiti.

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. The Dominican Republic is a signatory of the EPA and ratified the agreement in October 2008.

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.