EU Reaffirms Commitment To Being Development Partner In Pacific

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$935 million available for European Development Fund through 2020

By Reginald Chandar

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Nov. 9, 2014) – The European Union has reaffirmed its commitment as a strategic partner of the Pacific islands and to the continued development of the region.

Addressing the SPC's 44th Committee of Representatives of Governments and Administrations (CRGA) in Nouméa, New Caledonia on Friday, the EU's Ambassador for the Pacific, Andrew Jacobs said the Pacific is of great importance to the European Union.

"We are a major development partner. Our ongoing support has a budget of €750 million [US$935 million] and we now have a further €750 million available from the 11th European Development Fund for the period up to 2020." "We are also strengthening strategic relations around a range of themes, such as climate change and global security, where an EU-Pacific alliance is of great benefit to both sides," he said.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community is the European Union's largest implementing partner in the Pacific and plays a key role to ensure the implementation of its assistance to small island states in the areas of climate change, sustainable management of natural resources, water and sanitation, renewable energy, and agriculture.

Ambassador Jacobs also applauded the commitment of participants at the SPC's 44th CRGA to closer regional integration, including between the independent Pacific countries and the European overseas territories.

"The EU has increased not only budgets for its bilateral support to countries, but also the funds available for regional programmes.

Stronger regional cooperation will improve the region's capacity to deal with the challenges and result in significant economic benefits," he added.

The European Union is the largest development partner in the world and globally, the Pacific currently receives the largest per capita support from the EU.

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