Jean-Louis d'Anglebermes with Stefano Manservisi, General Manager of the European Commission.

New Caledonia is not a part of the European Union’s territory; however, its status as a French Overseas Territory enables New Caledonia to be associated with the European Union.

Therefore, New Caledonians participate in the European elections, a member is elected to the European Parliament for five years as part of the Overseas Pacific section.

New Caledonia is therefore a member of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association, created in 2003, to defend the common interests of the OCTs associated with the European Union during tripartite and thematic meetings and the annual EU-OCT dialogue forum. The political dialogue with the European Union also continues to take place thanks to France-French OCT monitoring committees dedicated to the EU-OCT partnership.

New Caledonia is fully invested in the promotion of European actions in the region by getting involved in the organization of events like the Fortnight of European Cinema.  It is also involved in the management and the planning of the grants it receives, notably through the European Development Fund (EDF) and European programs.