A British Overseas Territory located in the Eastern Caribbean, Montserrat suffered a violent volcanic eruption in July 1995. This led to the setting up of a safety zone (in the North) and an exclusion zone in the South, the latter covering over half of its territory. Two-thirds of its 12 000 inhabitants fled. Montserrat is an open and dependent micro-economy with limited economic activity which includes mining and quarrying, construction, financial and professional services and tourism. The country relies on imports to meet domestic demand.

Cooperation 2014-20

Under the 11th EDF, Montserrat receives €18.4 million for cooperation in the period 2014-2020. The focus of the cooperation is still subject of discussion between the Government and the EU.

Cooperation 2008-13

Under the 10th EDF, Montserrat was allocated €15.66 million as general budget support to help implement the territory’s 12-year Sustainable Development Plan (2008-2020).

At the same time, Montserrat is a beneficiary of the EDF-OCT Caribbean regional envelope of €40 million, which will focus on developing sustainable energy and marine biodiversity in the Caribbean. Montserrat is also one of the beneficiaries of a €15 million programme under the 10th EDF regional envelope for the Caribbean OCTs which focuses on stimulating the growth of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The programme is enhancing economic competitiveness and lessening social, economic and environmental vulnerabilities.



Selected results achieved with EU support through projects and programmes completed between mid-2014 and mid-2015 for Montserrat, St Vincent and Grenadine, Barbados, Anguilla, St Kitts and Nevis

Inclusive Growth and poverty reduction

  • 20 affordable housing units were constructed in Montserrat and outfitted with essential amenities (kitchen, toilet and bath, bedroom)


  • 2.7 km roads granting access to 4 touristic sites in St Vincent & the Grenadine have been upgraded

Employment and Social Protection

  • The Maritime/Hospitality Institute to train youth for the hospitality and cruise ship industry in St Vincent & the Grenadine has been constructed, equipped and is operational
  • 10 000 people in Barbados have enrolled in continuing education programmes
  • 35 people in Anguilla participated in in adult technical vocational education and training (TVET), which represents an increase from 170 persons in 2011 to 205 persons in 2012
  • A national social protection strategy and action plan 2012-2017 for St. Kitts and Nevis was produced and approved. It establishes the main priorities for the social protection reform and the creation of a sustained comprehensive and integrated social protection system

Public Finance Management

  • The Anguilla Procurement Act has been enacted and published by House of Assembly, and a Procurement Board has been established


  • 30 teachers in Anguilla completed in-service training