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).
The EU's political dialogue with the Cook Islands focuses on:
The EU and the Cook Islands are discussing how to collaborate more closely in multilateral fora on these and other issues.
The Country Strategy Paper for 2008-13 provides for a total budget of €3.3m.
The main focus areas for EU assistance and cooperation are:
• 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.