Algeria–European Union relations

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European Union–Algeria relations
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Algeria–European Union relations are the foreign relations between the country of Algeria and the European Union.[1]


Algeria was a member of the European Community during its incorporation with France and after its independence from France. Algeria was a member of the European Community until 1976 when a formal treaty excluded Algeria.[2]


Algeria has been in an association agreement and a free trade agreement with the European Union since 2005.[3]

In 2016, 67% of Algeria's exports went to the EU and 44% of Algeria's imports came from the EU.[4] Fuel and mining products made up 95.7% of EU imports from Algeria in 2017.[3] Chemicals represented the second most important exported product, worth 2.9% of Algeria's exports to the EU.[3] The EU's main exports to Algeria are machinery (22.2%), transport equipment (13.4%), agricultural products (12.8%), chemicals (12.8%) and iron and steel (10.2%).[3]

Funding and assistance

Algeria is receiving €108 million - €132 million under the European Neighbourhood Instrument.[5] Currently funds are being used to promote economic efficiency, economic governance, and economic diversification, as well as strengthening democracy and reducing pollution.[5]

Algeria is a member of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. Algeria also receives funding under the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI), under programmes such as the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights.[4] In total, these funds under the DCI were €5.5 million for 2015–2016.[4]

The European Union is helping Algeria with its accession to the World Trade Organization, as well as holding informal talks on migration.[3]

Chronology of relations with the EU

Date Event
1 January 1958 The European Economic Community is established.
3 July 1962 Algeria gains independence from France following the Algerian War.
September 2005 The EU-Algeria Association Agreement enters into force.[3]
7 March 2017 The EU and Algeria adopt new Partnership Priorities.[3]


  1. ^ Although there has been a large degree of integration between European Union member states, foreign relations is still a largely intergovernmental matter, with the 27 members controlling their own relations to a large degree.[citation needed] However, with the Union holding more weight as a single bloc, there are at times[vague] attempts to speak with one voice, notably on trade and energy matters. The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy personifies this role.
  2. ^ Brown, Megan (2022). The Seventh Member State: Algeria, France, and the European Community. Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-25114-4.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Algeria". European Commission Trade Policy. European Commission. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "Algeria" (PDF). European Commission. European Commission. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Algeria". European Neighbourhood Policy And Enlargement Negotiations. European Commission. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
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