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The European Union launches programme to reduce poverty in Uva and Central Provinces

November 29th, 2017

The European Union launched one of the largest programmes of development support in the country. The European Union will contribute Rs. 5.4 billion in to reduce poverty in the provinces by improving the income of poor people living in rural areas and helping to ensure that they have enough food to eat, even in times of hardship. Speaking […]

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Celebrating partnerships – An exhibition on five years of collaboration under the EU-Support to District Development Programme

October 17th, 2017

An exhibition celebrating partnerships built over the course of five years opened in Mannar and Vavuniya on 10 October and 12 October respectively.  The event is part of the European Union’s Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP), which helps the poorest communities in Sri Lanka by providing basic infrastructure and services that benefit the local […]

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The Government of Sri Lanka, European Union, United Nations and IFC jointly inaugurate the exhibition ‘Celebrating Partnerships’

October 17th, 2017

The roaming exhibition which was showcased in the Northern Province has now reached the districts of Ampara and Batticaloa. Inaugurated on 17 October in Ampara and 19 October in Battlicaloa, the pictures show a series of development work that has been done to address the needs of the population. This exhibition is part of the […]

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EU and FAO improves the capacity of local service providers to better serve the rural fisher and farmer communities in the North

September 20th, 2017

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with the European Union (EU) has completed renovation of the Agriculture Adaptive Research Center, and the Government Seed Production Farm located in Thandikulam in the Vavuniya district. The improvement of the two institutions will contribute immensely towards agricultural development and modernization in the […]

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EU & ILO helps develop skills among youth in Mannar

September 20th, 2017

Creating job opportunities for young people and promoting “Productive employment and decent work” are important elements in the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) mandate. As a former conflict-affected region, Mannar is now moving towards rehabilitation and sustainable development where human capacity development plays a key role in reaching the goals set by the government of Sri Lanka. As […]

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The European Union in Sri Lanka

Cooperation between the EU and Sri Lanka dates back to 1975 when the European Commission concluded a Commercial Cooperation Agreement with the Government of Sri Lanka. This was
upgraded to a Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development starting 1 April 1995 which encompassed amongst others, respect for human rights and democratic principles,
political dialogue, trade and investment, aid and cultural linkages. Under this agreement, relations between the two parties are coordinated by the EU-Sri Lanka Joint Commission. Today, the dialogue between the EU and Sri Lanka covers a broad spectrum of issues: political matters, human rights, trade, development cooperation, fisheries, migration, civil aviation, environmental issues.

Alongside the Government of Sri Lanka, the year 2005 witnessed the EU taking the lead in providing assistance to the less developed and conflict affected areas of the North and East.
What initially started as humanitarian assistance in the field of food, shelter, healthcare, psychosocial support and demining has now shaped into long-term development assistance thereby making substantial contributions for the benefit of local communities while at the same time supporting the overall development of the country. Recent development cooperation activities, particularly during the period 2005-2015, saw approximately € 760 million (more than Rs.100 billion) provided to Sri Lanka by the EU. A new allocation of € 210 million has been approved in support to the Multiannual Action Plan covering the period 2014-2020 which will focus on integrated rural development in a number of provinces and districts.

Also, the EU is one of Sri Lanka’s largest trading partners.

A review of EU-Sri Lanka 2014 trade data showed how important Sri Lanka’s trade relations with the EU have become:

  • The EU is Sri Lanka’s largest export partner. Sri Lanka exported € 2.52 billion worth of products to the EU, which represented approximately 26% of Sri Lanka’s total exports.
  • The EU is Sri Lanka’s fourth largest import partner (India being the largest followed by China and Singapore): Sri Lanka imported € 1.31 billion worth of products from the EU – which
    accounted for approximately 8% of the country’s total imports.
  • In terms of overall trade (imports + exports) the EU is Sri Lanka’s second largest trading partner accounting for € 3.83 billion worth of trade which represented approximately 15% of
    Sri Lanka’s total trading volume.

News and Events

The European Union launches programme to reduce poverty in Uva and Central Provinces

November 29th, 2017

The European Union launched one of the largest programmes of development support in the country. The European Union will contribute Rs. 5.4 billion in to reduce poverty in the provinces by improving the income of poor people living in rural areas and helping to ensure that they have enough food to eat, even in times of hardship. Speaking […]

Read More

Celebrating partnerships – An exhibition on five years of collaboration under the EU-Support to District Development Programme

October 17th, 2017

An exhibition celebrating partnerships built over the course of five years opened in Mannar and Vavuniya on 10 October and 12 October respectively.  The event is part of the European Union’s Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP), which helps the poorest communities in Sri Lanka by providing basic infrastructure and services that benefit the local […]

Read More

The Government of Sri Lanka, European Union, United Nations and IFC jointly inaugurate the exhibition ‘Celebrating Partnerships’

October 17th, 2017

The roaming exhibition which was showcased in the Northern Province has now reached the districts of Ampara and Batticaloa. Inaugurated on 17 October in Ampara and 19 October in Battlicaloa, the pictures show a series of development work that has been done to address the needs of the population. This exhibition is part of the […]

Read More

EU and FAO improves the capacity of local service providers to better serve the rural fisher and farmer communities in the North

September 20th, 2017

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with the European Union (EU) has completed renovation of the Agriculture Adaptive Research Center, and the Government Seed Production Farm located in Thandikulam in the Vavuniya district. The improvement of the two institutions will contribute immensely towards agricultural development and modernization in the […]

Read More

EU & ILO helps develop skills among youth in Mannar

September 20th, 2017

Creating job opportunities for young people and promoting “Productive employment and decent work” are important elements in the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) mandate. As a former conflict-affected region, Mannar is now moving towards rehabilitation and sustainable development where human capacity development plays a key role in reaching the goals set by the government of Sri Lanka. As […]

Read More