A Dutch Overseas Country and Territory (OCT) in the southern Caribbean, Aruba is located north of Venezuela, outside the Caribbean hurricane belt. The surface area of Aruba is 180 km² and its population stands at 101,484. Its capital is Oranjestad. Within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Aruba has country status alongside the Netherlands, Curaçao and Sint-Maarten. Its economy is mainly oriented towards tourism and offshore financial services, oil refining and transhipment industries. Aruba's government is increasing economic activities based on environmentally friendly businesses and the use of ‘green’ energy.
Under the 11th EDF, Aruba has been granted an indicative amount of €13 million for the period 2014-2020.
Under the 10th EDF, Aruba received €8.88 million in financial assistance as sector budget support for the implementation of the Aruban national education plan, 2007-2017, focusing on broader support for education, high quality teaching standards and universal access to education.
At the same time, Aruba is beneficiary of the 11th EDF-OCT Caribbean regional envelope (€40 million), focusing on sustainable energy and marine biodiversity. Aruba is also one of the beneficiaries of a €15 million programme under the 10th EDF regional envelope for the Caribbean OCTs focusing on stimulating the growth of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and enhancing economic competitiveness and lessening social, economic and environmental vulnerabilities.