Around €75 million of development support will be made available to Iraq during the period 2014 – 2020, has today announced European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs (pictured), during a meeting with the Iraqi delegation led by Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari.
The three proposed main areas of cooperation are: Rule of Law and Human Rights, Capacity Building in primary and secondary education and Sustainable Energy for all.
Commissioner Piebalgs said:
“The EU will focus future actions on strengthening rule of law and continue supporting institution building in Iraq aimed at reconstructing the country and improving the welfare of its population. This will be done in coordination with EU Member States and other donors, and in line with the government's own plans.”
On the challenges faced by the country, the Commissioner underlined that “over the past months the escalation of violence undermined its stability, but the EU is confident that the Iraqi authorities will work towards a successful transition to democracy and long term stability for the benefit of all of Iraq’s citizens.”
Since 2008 the European Union has provided around €157 million in bilateral cooperation to Iraq in the areas of governance, rule of law, health, water management and education.
EU Cooperation with Iraq complies with the principles set out in the Agenda for Change, the Commission’s blueprint to focus its development aid on those countries most in need (e.g. least developed countries) and those sectors where greater results can be achieved.