Vanuatu and the European Union have collaborated through the 5th Enhanced Political Dialogue to further strengthen bilateral relations. They discussed main areas of mutual interest from key political developments in Vanuatu and the EU, to human rights, gender equality, sustainable and inclusive development of Vanuatu, trade and economic partnership, cooperation on tax governance, fisheries, visa waiver agreement and people-to-people contacts.
Negotiations are ongoing to replace the current Cotonou Agreement, with an ambitious agreement to guide relations between the EU and the Pacific over the coming decades. Both parties agreed that the new agreement should reflect regional and global priorities of interest to Vanuatu, the EU and the Pacific region. Discussions focused on common priorities, including climate change, disaster risk reduction, maritime security, sustainable management of global public goods, fisheries and oceans management, public and private investment for job creation, inclusive and secure societies and improved financial governance.
The high-level meeting was organized in the framework of Article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement. Paola Pampaloni, the Deputy Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific European External Action Service, acknowledged the EU's long-standing relationship with Vanuatu.