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Friday, 11 January 2013

The EU resumes development cooperation with Guinea

The European Union and the Republic of Guinea today signed the Country Strategy Paper and National Indicative Programme for cooperation with Guinea. The signature of these documents had been delayed until the recent adoption by the Guinean authorities of a detailed timetable for the organisation of parliamentary elections. This officially marks the resumption of development cooperation between the EU and Guinea.
The full programme represents an overall programmed amount of EUR 174.3 million which will be financed by the European Development Fund (EDF); it aims to support government efforts in the areas of promoting good governance, providing basic social services and improving mobility and road infrastructure. Moreover, this programme will help consolidate democracy by promoting greater participation by civil society in public affairs.
This amount is in addition to the EUR 61.5 million which has already been deployed since 2008 to help the Guinean population emerge from the crisis and to cover unexpected needs, such as nutritional security and sanitation and refuse collection in deprived urban areas.
EU development cooperation was suspended by the Council following the military coup in December 2008. Appropriate measures (see Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement) were taken with the aim of gradually resuming cooperation in line with the progress made by Guinea towards constitutional rule and democracy: the first step is the signature of the CSP/NIP for the 10th EDF and the release of funds to directly support the population once the Guinean authorities have adopted a timetable for parliamentary elections; the next step is the deployment of the remaining funds once free and transparent elections have been held.


Source: European Commission