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European Union

Barbados has had a formal relationship with the European Union (then the European Economic Community) since July 1976 when a Delegation office was first established. As a former British colony, which became independent in 1966, it was the entry into the EEC by the United Kingdom in 1973 which offered Barbados and other Commonwealth countries in Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) the possibility of negotiating their future relations with the EU.

The overall aim of EU co-operation is to improve the quality of life of the populations in the beneficiary countries through targeted and sustainable programmes. In 2014 the EU Delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean disbursed just over EUR 80 million in development co-operation aid amongst the ten countries it is accredited to in the region.

One of the key areas under focus is the Human Resource Development Strategy which is being implemented under the 10th EDF. The purpose of this Country Support Strategy is to provide a framework for EU assistance to Barbados. It outlines the current status of the bilateral relations, gives a detailed country diagnosis, summarises the Government’s development agenda, reviews the past and present EC cooperation and the activities of other major donors and concludes with the proposed EU response strategy and the corresponding indicative work programme.

National Indicative Programme NIP 2008-2013

The Government of Barbados and the European Union recently signed a new National Indicative Programme for Barbados has been allocated an initial allocation of €3.5 million from 2014 to 2020. During this period, EU cooperation will mainly focus on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (€3 million). EU-supported Programmes will also include measures in favour of civil society (€150,000) and support measures (€350,000).

National Indicative Programme NIP 2014-2020

Delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean