European Neighbourhood Policy and Regional Agreements
Fostering close and amicable relations between the EU and its neighbours is a key priority for Germany’s foreign policy. The European Neighbourhood Policy was developed in 2004, with Germany providing considerable input, to promote prosperity, security, stability as well as rule-of-law and democratic structures. moreEuropean Neighbourhood Policy
The Eastern Partnership has placed the EU’s relations with its direct neighbours on a new footing and enhanced them across the whole spectrum. Besides promoting political, economic and societal ties with partner countries, it offers support for their political and socioeconomic reform agenda.
Thanks to the establishment of the Union for the Mediterranean in 2008, the Barcelona Process, which was launched in 1995 and created the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, has been taken forward. The Union for the Mediterranean is the only forum outside the United Nations in which the Arab countries and Israel regularly meet. moreThe Union for the Mediterranean
Central Asia is playing an increasingly important role in international politics. The European Union is also keenly interested in enhancing its partnership with the states of Central Asia. That is why in June 2007 the European Council adopted a new strategy, “The EU and Central Asia: Strategy for a New Partnership”.
moreThe EU Strategy for Central Asia
The financial, economic and political influence of the EU makes it an important global player in development policy. Cooperation with African, Caribbean and Pacific states, known as the ACP countries, is one focal area for EU development programmes.
moreCooperation with African, Caribbean and Pacific States (ACP)
The EU sees Asia as a priority region. The EU has been cooperating with ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations) longer than with any other regional organization. The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) has become an important forum for dialogue.
moreEuropean Union and Asia/Pacific regional organizations
2009 marked the tenth anniversary of the EU’s Strategic Partnership with Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), which was founded in Rio de Janeiro in June 1999. This cooperation among countries whose population totals around one billion is built on a common cultural heritage and shared values. moreThe EU’s relations with Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)