First partnership and cooperation agreement between the EU and Iraq

The Council authorised the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Iraq that will mark the first ever contractual relation between the EU and Iraq. It provides a legal framework covering issues from regular political dialogue to trade relations and regulatory cooperation, and development assistance.

The Council gave its green light to the EU-Iraq partnership and cooperation agreement. This agreement will mark the first ever contractual relation between the EU and Iraq and provides a legal framework covering issues from regular political dialogue to trade relations and regulatory cooperation, and development assistance.

The Agreement underlines the EU's determination to play a significant role in Iraq's transition and will be the main vehicle for the EU's support to Iraq and further enhancement of EU-Iraq relations. Pending the completion of procedures for its entry into force, certain provisions of the agreement will be applied provisionally.

This decision joins to the 30 September Council's decision to appoint the Head of Mission of the European Union Integrated Rule of Law Mission for Iraq, EUJUST LEX-Iraq. Since 1 October, the Brigadier General László Huszár is the new Head of Mission of EUJUST LEX-Iraq.