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

Publications: Reports, Documents, Journals

Green and 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)
  • TACIS (Assistance to Countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia; 1991-2006)

Other Internet Resources

  • CEFTA (Central European Free Trade Agreement)
  • EFTA (European Free Trade Association)
  • IMF (International Monetary Fund)
  • OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development)
  • UN/ECE (United Nations Economic Cooperation)
  • WTO (World Trade Organization)
  • ACP Group (General Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States)
  • ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)
  • Mercosur (Association of Latin America)
  • MEDEA (European Institute for Research on Mediterranean and Euro-Arab Cooperation, Brüssel)
  • Asia-Europe Foundation (Singapore)
  • Russian and East European Studies
  • Schweizerische Europapolitik (Schweiz. Eidgenossenschaft, Direktion für europ. Angelegenheiten DEA, Bern)
  • CONCORD (European NGO Confederation for Relief and Development)
  • FORNET (European Foreign Policy Research Network; 2003-2006)
  • Africa-EU Strategic Partnership
  • ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations)
  • SEIMUN (South European International Model of United Nations)