The Country Strategy Paper for Guinea-Bissau (2008-2013) presents the strategic framework for the co-operation of the European Commission (EC) with Guinea-Bissau under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF).
The three main thematic areas of assistance are conflict prevention in fragile states, water and energy as well as general budget support. EC support in Guinea-Bissau will contribute to strengthening its state structures, to improving its governance, to conflict prevention and to encouraging national reconciliation. In the sector water and energy, actions will help to promote the use of hydroelectric and solar energy and to guarantee its distribution in the urban areas. Within the framework of general budget support, the EC will contribute to the macroeconomic stability of the country.
Additional aid will be granted for projects implementing the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), managing the road sector and establishing a road maintenance system.
The EC's total allocation foreseen for Guinea-Bissau under 10th EDF funding (2008-2013) amounts to €102.8 million to address these priorities.
All EU projects in Guinea-Bissau also address cross-cutting issues such as gender, child protection, the environment and support for non-state actors (NSAs).
The Country Strategy Paper for Guinea-Bissau (2001-2007) focussed on improving infrastructure, supporting the rule of law and the democratic process and budget support (macro-economic stability and regional integration) as priorities under 9th EDF funding.
The ongoing construction of the Joao Landim's and Sao Vicente's bridges ($60 million) will greatly reduce travelling time on the trans-coastal road from Bissau to the border of Senegal. Technical assistance for the Ministry of Justice under the PAOSED programme to support sovereignty bodies and the rule of law and the PARAP programme to support public administration reform, contributed to the revision of laws that did not respect equal opportunities. It also increased the capacities of public bodies concerned with the rights of women such as the "Instituto da Muhler e Criança"
For further details on projects and programmes in Guinea-Bissau funded from the European Development Fund and the general budget of the EU, please visit the project's section of the website of the Delegation of the European Union to Guinea-Bissau.
Other sources of information
More information on EU relations with Guinea-Bissau is available on the pages of the Delegation of the European Union to Guinea-Bissau, which is also responsible for co-operation activities in the country.