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Wednesday, 14 December 2011

South Sudan will benefit from previous EDFs

After 15 years of suspension, the EU resumed development cooperation with Sudan. Since then the EU has committed development assistance of over €665 million, mainly focusing on agriculture and food security, education, stabilisation, security and human rights. As it gained independence in 2011, South Sudan is not yet a signatory to the Cotonou Agreement, and therefore financial assistance cannot be provided under the 10th EDF. However, EU Member States decided to bridge this current funding gap with an ad-hoc allocation from unused money of the 9th and previous EDFs.

It is important to remember that last May, 2011, the EU decided to allocate some another €200 million from 9th and previous EDFs to support the implementation of the three year Southern Sudan Development Plan (2011 to 2013).  These EU funds are being programmed together with additional financial assistance from EU Member States. This EU and EU Member States "joint programming" exercise for South Sudan will focus on agriculture/food security, education, health, rule of law and water.

Source: European Parliament