The EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific

The Indo-Pacific – a vast region spanning from the east coast of Africa to the Pacific Island States – is increasingly strategically significant for Europe. The region’s growing economic, demographic, and political weight makes it a key player in shaping the international order and in addressing global challenges. The EU intends to increase its engagement with the region to build partnerships that reinforce the rules-based international order,address global challenges, and lay the foundations for a rapid, just and sustainable economic recovery that creates long-term prosperity. This engagement will be based on promoting democracy, the rule of law, human rights, and universally agreed commitments such as the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals, and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. […]

The EU’s relations with the Indo-Pacific region are based on historic, cultural and commercial ties, and decades of significant cooperation and assistance. In this context the EU will:
 Deepen its engagement and reinforce its role as a reliable partner bringing added
value to long-standing relations with all its partners in the region.3
 Reinforce cooperation with multilateral and regional organisations such as ASEAN,
as well as international financial institutions to promote effective rules-based
multilateralism in the Indo-Pacific region.
 Undertake crisis management, conflict prevention and resilience building initiatives.
 Work together with Member States through a Team Europe approach with concrete
initiatives at country and regional levels. jointcommunication_indo_pacific_en