EU announces future commitments for development cooperation with Iraq

The European Commissioner for Development has announced that approximately €75 million of development support will be made available to Iraq during the period 2014 – 2020. The announcement came during a meeting with the Iraqi delegation led by Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari.

The proposed main areas of cooperation are: Rule of Law and Human Rights; Capacity Building in primary and secondary education; and Sustainable Energy for all.

“The EU will focus future actions on strengthening rule of law and continue supporting institution building in Iraq aimed at reconstructing the country and improving the welfare of its population. This will be done in coordination with EU Member States and other donors, and in line with the government's own plans,” said Commissioner Piebalgs.

The Commissioner added that "the EU is confident that the Iraqi authorities will work towards a successful transition to democracy and long term stability for the benefit of all of Iraq’s citizens.”

For the original January 20, 2014 piece from European Commission referenced in this summary, click here.