Greenland Representation to the European Union
The Representation of Greenland in Brussels is the official representative office of Greenland to the European Union. The Representation of Greenland to the EU was established in 1992 in connection to the Royal Danish Embassy in Belgium. Greenland Representation is located together with The Royal Danish Embassy, and the Mission of the Faroes to the European Union.
|Greenland Representation to the European Union|
|Location||Rue d'Arlon 71 |
(in connection to the Royal Danish Embassy in Belgium)
|Minister Counsellor||Mininnguaq Kleist|
As the Government of Greenland delegate, the Minister Counsellor is credentialed to Belgium and maintains The Government of Greenland relations with the EU institutions.
A referendum held in 1982 and a sparse majority voted in favour of withdrawal. Between 1982 and 1984 the terms were negotiated and on February 1, 1985 Greenland formally withdrew from the European Community. A Treaty on Greenland’s withdrawal from the Community was made – the Greenland Treaty – declaring Greenland as a “special case”.
This "special case" provided a fisheries agreement between the parties in which the European Community and later the European Union kept its fishing rights and Greenland kept its financial contribution as before the withdrawal. It also gave Greenland tariff free access of fisheries products to the EU as long as there exists a satisfactory fisheries agreement. Greenland is furthermore associated with the EU through its placement in the Overseas Country and Territories Association Decision.
The Partnership Agreement 2014–2020Edit
Focus in the Joint Declaration of the Partnership Agreement is the objective to further strengthen the relations and cooperation between the EU and Greenland on different areas ranging from research, sustainable development over industry and education and training and in a long term perspective.
The focal sector of the Partnership Agreement period 2014-2020 is education and training. In order to develop this specific sector with regards to a sustainable human development in an era of globalisation.
It is reflected in the Partnership Agreement that the relationship between Greenland and the EU is mutually beneficial. Furthermore the overall goal is to diversify Greenland's economy.