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International Partnerships

Saint Barthélemy

Saint-Barthélemy is a French Overseas Country and Territory (OCT) located approximately 250 km east of Puerto Rico and the nearer Virgin Islands.

The volcanic island is fully encircled by shallow reefs, has an area of 25 km2 and a population of 9,625. Its capital is Gustavia, which also contains the main harbour to the island. It is the only Caribbean island which was a Swedish colony for any significant length of time. The island is a popular tourist destination during the winter holiday season.

Our priorities

St. Barthélemy is technically and officially associated to the EU through its OCT status. According to the Treaty of the Functioning of the EU (TFEU), the purpose of the association between the EU and the OCTs is “to promote the economic and social development of the countries and territories and to establish close economic relations between them and the Union as a whole”.

Our programmes

Saint-Barthélemy is not eligible for a territorial allocation under the current European Development Fund (EDF). However, it is a beneficiary of the All-OCTs thematic programme and the EDF-OCT Caribbean regional programme.

Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) thematic programme

With an indicative amount of €16-18 million, our focus under this programme is the sustainable use of natural resources, climate change, disaster risk reduction, and sustainable energy. The objective is to facilitate and promote the sustainable management of the OCTs’ natural resources. OCTs would be given the necessary tools and information to be able to address climate change, to recognise the specific impact that this global challenge has on OCTs. Support will also go to helping to reduce the OCT’s dependence on fossil fuels and thus promoting sustainable development of their energy production.

Caribbean regional programme

With an indicative amount of €40 million, our focus areas within this programme include:

  • resilience
  • sustainable energy
  • marine biodiversity

Regarding sustainable energy, the programme aims to provide solutions with a regional scope. The proposed programme will also address the degradation of the coastal-marine ecosystem services through effective management and improve resilience, including by engaging neighbouring countries in specific actions aiming to protect their shared marine environment. Under the horizontal resilience component, we focus activities on risk insurance and supporting pilot adaptation projects.