Relations with the European Union

Diplomatic relations between Bhutan and the European Union were established in 1985. The Delegation of the European Union to India is responsible for Bhutan. Since 2004, consultations have been held every two years, the most recent on 23 November 2017 in Brussels.

The European Union supports Bhutan in its democracy and poverty alleviation efforts. The European Union has allocated €45.5 million to Bhutan for the 2014-2020 period. It supported the Bhutanese government’s 11th Five Year Plan with budgetary aid to strengthen civil society, local authorities and sustainable agriculture and forest management. The European Union also provides humanitarian assistance. It granted €30 million to the UN Refugee Agency for Bhutanese and Nepalese refugee camps.

Updated: 12.03.19