EU Relations with Vanuatu

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Vanuatu is a member of the African, Caribbean and Pacific grouping.

Political dialogue

The EU's political dialogue with Vanuatu focuses on:

  • protecting its vulnerable environment, especially in relation to climate change
  • defending human rights and gender issues. 

The EU and Vanuatu are discussing how to collaborate more closely in multilateral fora on these and other issues.

The Third Enhanced EU – Vanuatu New Guinea political dialogue took place on 30 October 2014 in Port Vila. Important commitments were made notably in the areas of Human rights, good governance and rule of law.

Aid and cooperation

For the 2008-2013 period, the Country Strategy Paper  provides a budget of €23.2m, including € 8.6 million for a General Budget Support from the 10thEuropean Development Fund (EDF).

The main focus areas for EU assistance and cooperation are:

  • economic growth and job creation, especially the private sector
  • policy development for agriculture and tourism
  • business support services, especially in rural areas
  • commodity exports
  • long-term secure access to land
  • climate change – funded by the Global Climate Change Alliance, including building resilience to climate change (with the University of South Pacific).

For the period 2014-2020, under the 11th EDF, an indicative amount of € 31 m with focus on Rural Development is provided for in the National Indicative Programme signed on 9 December in Brussels.


News and Press ReleasesRSS

  • 14/03/2015
    Vanuatu: EU deploys assistance for victims of cyclone Pam Vanuatu: EU deploys assistance for victims of cyclone Pam <p>In its immediate response to the devastation caused by the tropical cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, the European Commission is making available an initial €1 million to help in the emergency relief efforts. The European Commission is also sending two experts to assess the humanitarian needs and liaise with partner organisations operating on the ground.</p> 03/14/2015 15:05:27 03/14/2015 15:05:27 03/14/2015 15:05:27 03/02/2016 15:05:27 2015031415 090126248ebcb9cf N 090126248ebcb9cf /statements-eeas/2015/150314_02_en.htm 5802 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150314_02_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150314_02_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150314_02_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150314_02_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Vanuatu: EU deploys assistance for victims of cyclone Pam
  • 05/09/2014
    562 65744 1 _blank High Representative Catherine Ashton appoints six new Heads of EU Delegation to Japan, UN Geneva, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mozambique, and the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. High Representative Catherine Ashton appoints six new Heads of EU Delegation to Japan, UN Geneva, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mozambique, and the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

    Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the Commission, announced today the appointment of six new Heads of EU Delegations.

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  • 09/05/2014
    7 78611 1 _blank Fact sheet on Pacific Region, issued in occasion of the Europe Day celebration Fact sheet on Pacific Region, issued in occasion of the Europe Day celebration /factsheets/docs/factsheets_europe_day_2014/factsheet_asia_pacific_en.pdf 05/09/2014 00:00:00 05/09/2014 00:00:00 05/09/2014 00:00:00 nulldate 2014050900 090126248c7498a7 N 090126248c7498a7 /factsheets/docs/factsheets_europe_day_2014/factsheet_asia_pacific_en.pdf 1432572 pdf Y /factsheets/docs/factsheets_europe_day_2014/factsheet_asia_pacific_en.pdf 1 /factsheets/docs/factsheets_europe_day_2014/factsheet_asia_pacific_en.pdf /factsheets/docs/factsheets_europe_day_2014/factsheet_asia_pacific_zz.pdf N ID_INTERNAL N N
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  • 15/11/2012
    Fighting IUU fishing internationally
  • 15/11/2012
    Question and Answers on the EU's fight against illegal fishing

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