European Union and Nepal celebrates 50 years of diplomatic ties

Kathmandu: In a significant milestone, the European Union and Nepal celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations this year under the banner “Growing Stronger Together.” The partnership, established in 1974 with political and economic ties, witnessed the signing of a Cooperation Agreement on June 1, 1996.

Both the European Union and Nepal have undergone transformative changes over the past five decades. Nepal has evolved into a Federal Democracy, while the European Economic Community transformed into the European Union in 1993, solidifying its common foreign and security policy in 2010 with the creation of the European External Action Service (EEAS).

During this period, the two partners have expanded their democratic and economic realms, fortifying shared interests. The EU and Nepal presently share a commitment to uphold a rule-based international order, fostering peace, prosperity, human rights, and democracy.

Ambassador Veronique Lorenzo expressed enthusiasm for the 50 years of steadfast partnership, emphasizing its continual growth with unwavering commitments to collaborate for peace and prosperity. She outlined key areas of support as Nepal progresses towards graduating from Least Developed Country (LDC) status by 2026, focusing on Inclusive Green Growth, Human Capital Development, and Good Governance. The EU’s new comprehensive approach, the EU Global Gateway, will particularly support renewable energy in Nepal.

The year-long celebration highlights include the Nepal European Union Film Festival (NEUFF) starting on March 20, Europe Day on May 9, the EU-Nepal Business Forum & Fair on May 15 and 16, a Photo Competition and its exhibition in August, the Erasmus Road Show throughout September in all seven provinces of Nepal, culminating with the “Study in Europe” Fair. These events aim to commemorate the enduring partnership and foster cultural, economic, and educational exchanges between the European Union and Nepal.