EU Relations with Cook Islands

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The Cook Islands joined the African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) grouping in 2000, since when it has received some €7.4m in financial assistance from the European Development Fund (EDF).

Political dialogue

The EU's political dialogue with the Cook Islands focuses on:

  • protecting its vulnerable environment, especially in relation to climate change
  • defending human rights and gender issues.

The EU and the Cook Islands are discussing how to collaborate more closely in multilateral fora on these and other issues.

Aid and cooperation

Under EDF10th (2008-2013), the Country Strategy Paper provides for a total budget of €3.3m.

The main focus areas for EU assistance and cooperation are:

  • the environment – supporting the government’s environmental protection policy
  • water and energy – improving wastewater treatment and sewer collection capacity
  • climate change assistance – financed through the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) including:

 • building resilience to climate change  (with the University of South Pacific)
• promoting sustainable long-term adaptation strategies (with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community).

The EU is currently assessing the eligibility of CI for budget support financing.

Under EDF 11th (2014-2020) , the National Indicative Programme, in the indicative amount of €1.4m will focus on one sector, which is considered vital for the Country's continued sustainable and inclusive development: Water and Sanitation – building on successful initiatives under previous EDF sector programmes.