The EU and Egypt began diplomatic relations in 1966. The EU seeks to develop a particular close relationship to Egypt, its geographical neighbour, and to support Egypt’s domestic and political reforms.
The relationship emphasises close cooperation on democratic reform, economic modernization, social reform, and migration issues. The current agenda of EU-Egypt relations is spelled out in an Action Plan [121 KB] under the European Neighbourhood Policy. Egypt and the EU are bound by the legally binding treaty in the form of the Association Agreement which came into force in 2004.