Category:Overseas countries and territories of the European Union

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Two parts of the treaty of the European Community deal with special relationships: Article 299 which sets out the territories to which the treaty applies, supplemented by the accession treaties; and Articles 182-188 and Annex II on association with the non-European countries and territories which have special relations with the member states.

The overseas countries and territories (OCTs) are 25 countries or territories outside mainland Europe — essentially small islands – constitutionally tied with one of the following Member States: Denmark, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. (official list) that have a special relationship with one of the Member States of the European Community: 12 with the UK (including the 6 territories of the British Caribbean, and 3 non-permanently inhabited territories), 6 with France, 6 with the Netherlands (all territories of the Dutch Caribbean), 1 with Denmark (Greenland). Together with other countries they benefit from the European Development Fund (EDF) [1], not the regional policy.


  • Bermuda has this OCT status but still never applied to benefit from it.
  • Mayotte had this OCT status but is now an outermost region (OMR) within the European Union.
  • Saint-Barthélemy was temporarily an OMR, after it was split from Guadeloupe, but now has this OCT status.
  • Saint-Martin (French part) remains an OMR within the European Union.


This category has the following 13 subcategories, out of 13 total.