Nauru became part of the group of African, Caribbean and Pacific states in 2000.
The EU's political dialogue with Nauru focuses on:
The EU and Nauru are discussing how to collaborate more closely in multilateral fora on these and other issues.
Development relations with the EU focus on addressing the population's basic energy needs.
The 9th and 10th European Development Funds (EDF) provided some €6m – the 9th EDF Energy Sector Programme supported the installation of pre-payment meters and solar PV panels, which helped to lower electricity consumption and achieve 24h availability of electricity.
Under the 10th European Development Fund, the EU and Nauru signed a new Country Strategy Paper for 2008–13, with a budget of € 2.7m. Under this strategy, EU assistance focuses on:
The EU acknowledges the progress made by Nauru in recent years particularly in the field of governance, following the catastrophic effects of the country's economic and financial crisis, and is pleased to see Nauru advancing its own National Sustainable Development Strategy and recently adopting its Infrastructure Strategy and Investment Plan.