50 years of Nepal-EU relations: EU ambassador highlights priorities for Nepal

The European Union and Nepal celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations this year with the slogan ‘growing stronger together.’

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Kathmandu: The Delegation of European Union in Nepal has said that it will continue to support Nepal’s development and governance in the days to come.  Ambassador Veronique Lorenzo said that EU is Nepal’s partner for peace, prosperity and development. “All the support we provide to Nepal is in the line of the Nepal government’s plan,” she said, adding that inclusive growth, human capital development, inclusive development and education are among the priority areas in which the EU will be supporting Nepal. “In other sense, our support to government of Nepal is in support in implementing the 2015 constitution.”

The European Union and Nepal celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations this year with the slogan “growing stronger together.

The European Union and Nepal established political and economic relations in 1974 and signed a Cooperation Agreement on 1 June 1996.

 A lot has changed over the past 50 years. Nepal has become a Federal Democracy, whilst the European Economic Community became the European Union in 1993 and developed its common foreign and security policy from 2010, with the creation of the European External Action Service (EEAS).

“This year we celebrate 50 years of steadfast partnership, which grows stronger every year with our unwavering commitments to work together for peace and prosperity,” Ambassador Veronique Lorenzo said, while speaking to a group of Nepali journalists in Kathmandu on Thursday. “As Nepal advances towards graduating from LDC status by 2026, the EU and its Member States, our “Team Europe”, will continue to support Nepal in three areas key for its development: i) Inclusive Green Growth ii) Human Capital Development iii) Good Governance.” The EU Global Gateway, our new comprehensive approach to investing in development, will support renewable energy, where Nepal has a massive potential,” Lorenzo said.

She presented the highlights of the year-long celebrations, including the Nepal European Union Film Festival (NEUFF)—beginning on March 20, Europe Day, on May 9, the EU-Nepal Business Forum and Fair, on May 15-16, a Photo Competition and its exhibition in August, as well as the Erasmus Road Show throughout September in all seven provinces of Nepal and the “Study in Europe” Fair.