Bangladesh–European Union relations

Bilateral relations
Bangladesh–European Union relations
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Bangladesh–European Union relations relate to the foreign relationship between Bangladesh and European Union. The EU is the largest export destination of Bangladesh.[1] The present ambassador of the EU to Bangladesh is Rensje Teerink.[2][3]


In 2016 the Bangladesh-EU Dialogue on Migration Management was held in Meghna state guest house in Dhaka. The dialogue focused on irregular migrations and ways to manage it and raise awareness about it in Bangladesh.[4] The EU has expressed its disappointment over new regulations concerning NGOs in 2016.[5]

Cultural relations

The EU has campaigned to improve labor conditions, democracy and freedom of expression in Bangladesh. In 2013 Bangladesh signed the Sustainability compact with the EU to strengthen labor conditions in the country.[6] The EU has also promoted the abolition of the death penalty in Bangladesh.[7]

Economic relations

In 2001 the EU-Bangladesh cooperation agreement was signed which laid the foundation of trade relations.[8] The European Union provided Bangladesh duty-free access to the Union market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) initiative.[9] The European Union is Bangladesh's largest trading parting accounting for 24 percent Bangladesh's total trade. Bangladesh in the unions 35 largest trading partner. Clothing makes 90 percent of all export from Bangladesh to the EU. EU exports consists mostly of machinery and transport equipment at 49 percent.[10] The Everything But Arms scheme is expected to end in 2021 when Bangladesh is predicted to graduate to the developing country bracket.[11]


  1. ^ "EU debate on Bangladesh". Prothom Alo (opinion). Archived from the original on 27 September 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  2. ^ "EU-Bangladesh Business Climate Dialogue launched in Dhaka". Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  3. ^ "EU determined to stay engaged with Bangladesh, urges international unity after Dhaka terror attack". Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  4. ^ "first Bangladesh-EU Dialogue on Migration Management". eeas. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Disappointed EU vows to continue dialogue on Bangladesh's new foreign donation law". Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Get ready for GSP Plus: EU". The Daily Star. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Bangladesh witnesses steady deterioration in civil rights: EU". Prothom Alo. Archived from the original on 14 February 2017. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Cooperation agreement" (PDF). Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Bangladesh-EU Relationship: Scenarios for the Next Decades" (PDF). Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Bangladesh - Trade - European Commission". Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Bangladesh on the path to GSP Plus with EU". The Daily Star. 16 November 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
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