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  • 15/12/2014
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the second anniversary of the unexplained disappearance of Sombath Somphone Statement by the Spokesperson on the second anniversary of the unexplained disappearance of Sombath Somphone <p><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'; font-size: 11pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">Today is the second anniversary of the unexplained disappearance of Sombath Somphone in Vientiane, Laos.</span></p> 12/15/2014 12:39:11 12/15/2014 12:39:11 12/15/2014 12:39:11 12/03/2015 12:39:11 2014121512 090126248db70035 N 090126248db70035 /statements-eeas/2014/141215_03_en.htm 9767 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141215_03_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2014/141215_03_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141215_03_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141215_03_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the second anniversary of the unexplained disappearance of Sombath Somphone
  • 08/12/2014
    The European Union will provide up to EUR 60 million in grants to Laos in 2014-2015 The European Union will provide up to EUR 60 million in grants to Laos in 2014-2015 <p>The European Union (EU) has announced it has allocated up to EUR 60 million (KIP 60 billion, USD 75 million) to Laos under its bilateral cooperation programme over the period 2014-2015 to improve basic education and food and nutrition security and strengthen good governance as well as the rule of law and human rights.</p> 12/08/2014 00:00:00 12/08/2014 00:00:00 12/08/2014 00:00:00 12/08/2014 00:00:00 2014120800 090126248da37eac N 090126248da37eac /statements-eeas/2014/141208_02_en.htm 12680 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141208_02_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2014/141208_02_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141208_02_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141208_02_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    The European Union will provide up to EUR 60 million in grants to Laos in 2014-2015
  • 21/10/2014
    652 65744 1 _blank European Union and Lao PDR conclude Seventh Joint Committee European Union and Lao PDR conclude Seventh Joint Committee /statements/docs/2014/141021_01_en.pdf 10/21/2014 12:27:00 10/21/2014 12:27:00 10/21/2014 12:27:00 nulldate 2014102112 <p>European External Action Service</p> 090126248ce8e9f3 N 090126248ce8e9f3 /statements/docs/2014/141021_01_en.pdf 322330 pdf Y /statements/docs/2014/141021_01_en.pdf 2 /statements/docs/2014/141021_01_en.pdf /statements/docs/2014/141021_01_fr.pdf /statements/docs/2014/141021_01_zz.pdf N ID_INTERNAL N N
    European Union and Lao PDR conclude Seventh Joint Committee pdf - 315 KB [315 KB] français (fr)

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The overarching goal of EU-Laos cooperation - which dates back to the 1970s - is poverty reduction. It is currently based on the EU-Lao PDR Cooperation Agreement from 1997 and the EU Delegation in Vientiane was opened in 2003. The Strategy Paper for 2007-13 pdf - 227 KB [227 KB] Deutsch (de) français (fr)  and the Multi-annual Indicative Programme ( 2007-10) imply a shift away from traditional project support to a more long term approach of budget support linked to a dialogue with the Government. A Mid Term Review of the Strategy is foreseen in 2009. ECHO is providing humanitarian assistance to the victims of the flooding in August 2008.

The main forum of dialogue is a Joint Committee (senior officials), meeting every two years, with two subsidiary working groups on Cooperation and Trade and Human Rights. The latest Working Group Meeting on Trade and Cooperation as well as the latest Joint Committee Meetingtook place on 9 March 2009 in Vientiane.

Laos is a member of ASEAN since 1997 and negotiations for WTO membership are ongoing. It benefits from tariff concessions under EU's Everything-But-Arms (EBA) scheme and participates as an observer in the ongoing FTA talks between the EU and ASEAN.