UNESCO & the European Union
UNESCO and the European Commission cooperate in many areas since 1996 and the signature of a framework agreement that harmonized their administrative and financial procedures.
This document was amended in February 2004, when a new agreement between UNESCO and the European Commission was established, which allowed UNESCO to accede to the Financial and Administrative Framework Agreement (FAFA) concluded between the UN and the European Commission in 2003.
The next step of this cooperation process is for UNESCO and the EU to become strategic partners, by elaborating common strategies about shared priorities and joining forces in areas of mutual interest.
UNESCO - EU partnership on education, culture, science and human rights
On 8 October 2012, a new deal that will boost cooperation, dialogue and help to share information and best practice between the European Union and UNESCO was signed between the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Catherine Ashton, and the Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs.