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International Partnerships

Our policy areas

The EU addresses global challenges through international partnerships that uphold and promote European values and interests, and contribute to peace and prosperity in the world.

Countries and regions

The EU defines specific policy areas and objectives with each partner country and each region.


The EU defines its medium and long-term international cooperation priorities through the programming process.

Funding opportunities

The EU provides funding in the form of grants to support projects and organisations in achieving their development objectives.

Funding instruments

The EU is the largest development cooperation donor in the world. We provide funding in many different fields and through different methods depending on the needs and objectives of our partner countries.

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Stand with Ukraine

The EU stands united in its solidarity with Ukraine and will continue to support Ukraine and its people together with its international partners, including through additional political, financial and humanitarian support.

Youth Action Plan in EU External Action

Our work for and with youth is guided by the Youth Action Plan (YAP) for 2022-2027, the first ever policy framework for a strategic partnership with young people around the world.

Lorenzo Natali Prize 2023

The 31st edition of the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize is underway! The prize is awarded to journalists in recognition of their reporting work on international issues, notably stories that shine a light on the most pressing global challenges.