External Relations

The EU is active in a wide range of policy areas. Enlargement, external trade, foreign and security policy, development and cooperation, humanitarian aid and civil protection are part of the foreign policy area.

Most important information sources on the EU institutions involved, the legal bases, important documents and news, databases and a number of other information options are compiled below.

EU Institutions

EU Policy at a glance

EU Policy by topic
Relations between EU and Third Countries
EU Legislation

Focus on: EU Enlargement

Focus on: External Trade

Focus on: EU-UK Relationship

Publications: Reports, Documents, Journals

Green Papers
White Papers
Reports and Documents


Publications: Collections, Directories, Glossaries



Speeches, Press Releases, News Feeds

Press Releases
News Feeds (RSS)

Programmes, Tenders, Grants

EU Programmes
  • TAIEX (Technical Assistance and Information Exchange Instrument)
  • Twinning (cooperation between public administrations of EU Member States and of beneficiary countries)
  • IPA (Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance)
  • PHARE (Cooperation with the Countries of Central and Eastern Europe; 1989-2006)
  • TACIS (Assistance to Countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia; 1991-2006)

Other Internet Resources