The European Union External Action Service (EEAS) and Iraq

December 2, 2013 at 11:09 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment

The EU continues to provide financial support to Iraq, amounting to almost one billion Euro since 2003, this includes both reconstruction and humanitarian assistance.

Now the EU is moving to medium-term planning through the first ever Joint Strategy Paper for Iraq for the years 2011-2013 pdf - 906 KB [906 KB]    +  Annex pdf - 111 KB [111 KB] ,  adopted in November 2010. The general focus of EU support is on helping Iraq to better use its own resources, through capacity building activities in the areas of good governance; socio-economic recovery through education and strengthening institutional capacity; water management and agriculture.

The EU has been one of the largest donors in the support of the Iraqi political and electoral process with over €94 m since 2004, including deployment of an Electoral Assessment Team for the general elections on 7 March 2010. Another focal sector of EU assistance is rule of law (€40 million in 2007-2009). The EU has also watched with concern the situation of refugees from Iraq and internally displaced persons within Iraq. So far total support to the refugee crisis has amounted to more than €188 million.

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