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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.

Latest news


The 2023 State of the Union address takes place on 13 September.

State of the Union 2023

In her State of the Union address on 13 September 2023, European Commission President von der Leyen outlined the main priorities and flagship initiatives for the year to come, building on the European Union's successes and achievements of the past years.

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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.

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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.