Our relationship with south-east Europe

New Zealand has cordial relations with the non-EU member state countries in the south-east region of Europe, with emerging trade and economic connections.  These countries include Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. New Zealand is accredited to these countries from its Embassy in Rome, and also engages with them through a range of multilateral fora, particularly the United Nations, the Croatia Summit, and the Asia-Europe Meeting.

The tempo of senior visits is increasing, including at Ministerial level. In 2014, New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Murray McCully became the first New Zealand Minister to visit Serbia and also visited Montenegro. The Montenegrin Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr Petar Ivanović reciprocated this visit in June 2015. New Zealand’s Special Envoy Jim Bolger visited Albania in April 2014.

New Zealand has a strong history of commitment to peace and security in the region. In 1992 New Zealand made a significant contribution to peacekeeping in Bosnia and Herzegovina, providing support to United Nations and European-led stabilisation and peacekeeping forces. In May 2014 Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina experienced severe flooding, which caused widespread destruction and loss of life. Through the International Federation of the Red Cross, New Zealand contributed $300,000 of humanitarian support to the region.

While currently limited, our trade and economic connections with the region have the potential to grow, with countries such as North Macedonia being among the fastest growing economies in Europe. Several countries in the region are also on the path to accession to the European Union, which would further boost our commercial ties with the region.    

Embassies and consular services

The New Zealand Embassy in Rome is accredited to Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.

News & Events

New Zealand Speaker visits Germany

Europe
Germany

Rt Hon Trevor Mallard, Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives, visited Berlin and Munich for a two day bilateral visit on 14-15 January 2019.

8-metre-tall carved Māori monument to be unveiled in Zonnebeke

Europe
Belgium

A new memorial honouring the role of New Zealand Māori and other service people in the First World War will be unveiled in the Passchendaele Memorial Park, next to the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, Zonnebeke on Anzac Day, 25 April 2019.

Europe and UK trade issues

Europe
United Kingdom

Latest update for New Zealand exporters on Europe and UK trade issues.