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Wednesday, 20 July 2011

EU revises conditions for full resumption of cooperation with Guinea

The European Union revised the conditions for fully resuming EU cooperation with the Republic of Guinea (doc. 12453/1/11 REV 1). Its decision acknowledges Guinea's progress towards constitutional rule and democratisation and eases the conditions for a full resumption of EU support. Following the military coup on 23 December 2008, the EU partially suspended development cooperation with Guinea. To accompany the return to constitutional order and democracy, a roadmap for gradual resumption of EU aid was set out in July 2009.

The EU considers that the Republic of Guinea has significantly progressed on this roadmap, in particular through the democratic election of a new president and the establishment of a civilian government. Today's decision acknowledges these important milestones and facilitates full resumption of cooperation. Accordingly, programming documents can be signed once the Guinean authorities have adopted an electoral calendar leading to parliamentary elections before the end of 2011. Also, preparations for new programmes will start and funds for basic social services will become available. Cooperation will be fully resumed once Guinea has held free and transparent parliamentary elections. […]

Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development, declared: "I met President Alpha Condé on 6 May 2011 and I assured him that the EU remains at their side to help Guinea complete the political transition and to put the country back on the track towards stability and economic growth. Following significant progress by Guinea on the roadmap for a return to constitutional rule and democratisation, the EU has already partially resumed cooperation and mobilised € 40 million of additional emergency funds. Today's decision allows a more rapid resumption of full cooperation. Funds destined to social services will thus be made available once the Guinean authorities have adopted a detailed calendar for the holding of parliamentary elections this year. The remaining funds for governance, transports and other sectors will become available upon completion of parliamentary elections."

Source: European Commission