Following a coup in December 2008, the EU suspended cooperation with Guinea under article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement relating to measures that can be taken in the event of the non-respect of the agreement’s fundamental and essential elements.
The National Indicative Programme for the Republic of Guinea outlines the main focal sectors of the EU cooperation with the country during the period 2014-20 under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF).
The Country Strategy Paper for Guinea (2008-13) and a national indicative programme outline the priorities for the €174.3 million 10th EDF allocation which was signed once the Guinean authorities drew up a calendar for legislative elections.
The EU-Guinea cooperation partially resumed in 2010 following presidential elections and the installation of a civilian government. To support the restoration of the constitutional order and democracy, a roadmap had been established by the Council of the European Union with a view of the progressive resumption of aid.
Notwithstanding the suspension of aid, the EU continued to finance humanitarian actions in Guinea. A €60 million sum of emergency aid was made available between 2009-2013 to support the population and assist the transition to democracy. Moreover, the adoption of a calendar for the legislative elections in December 2012 allowed the unblocking of €34.4 million in support of basic social services and civil society. Following the holding of inclusive and pacific legislative elections in September 2013, The Council of the EU decided to resume fully the normal cooperation under the 10th European Development Fund (2008-13). In this context, the remaining €139.9 million funds will be used to implement projects in the field of governance and transport from 2014 onwards.