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Press release

Brussels, 21 December 2012

The European Union resumes development cooperation with Guinea

The European Union and the Republic of Guinea today signed the Country Strategy Paper and National Indicative Programme (CSP/NIP) 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 EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, stated: ‘Guinea has put forward a credible timetable for the organisation of parliamentary elections, thus paving the way for the signature of this cooperation programme. I am delighted by the clear commitment of the Guinean authorities to making progress in the transition to democracy and I am confident that all the political players in the country will work towards credible, transparent and peaceful elections.’ He added: ‘Initially, the signature of these documents will make it possible to finance three urgent projects (representing 16 % of the National Indicative Programme) in the areas of water, health and support for civil society. As soon as free and transparent parliamentary elections have been held next year, we can resume all of our support programmes.’

The full programme represents an overall programmed amount of EUR 174.3 million which will be financed by the 10th European Development Fund (10th 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.

The first projects which will be implemented through the programme signed today involve EUR 8.4 million to improve access to water and sanitation in rural and semi-urban areas (MDG Initiative), EUR 20 million in funds for health - which will help in particular to resume health services and reduce infant mortality in the Upper Guinea and Forest Guinea regions - and EUR 6 million in funds for capacity-building for civil society.

Background

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.

The Cotonou Agreement establishes a privileged partnership between the EU and ACP States in which respect for human rights, democratic principles and the rule of law are essential elements. If one of the parties fails to meet one or more of these obligations, a consultation procedure may be launched (in accordance with Article 96) for a violation of the essential elements, and appropriate measures may be taken, including – as a last resort – a reduction in development cooperation.

For more information

Website of European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs:

http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/piebalgs/index_en.htm

Website of EuropeAid Development and Cooperation DG:

http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/index_en.htm

Contacts:

Catherine Ray (+32 2 296 99 21)

Wojtek Talko (+32 2 297 85 51)


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