EU restrictions to go away soon
September 23, 2014 5:27 am
The European Union’s delegate to the Pacific says a return to full aid support for Fiji should happen within a few months following the country’s first democratic elections in more than eight years.
Speaking to Radio New Zealand, EU’s delegate Andrew Jacobs says they are looking forward to discuss with the government about how they can best use future development assistance.
Jacobs adds they will need to put in a report to its member states in Brussels about lifting the restrictions which are currently in place and is confident that will go ahead very soon, now that the elections are out of the way.
The EU withdrew a substantial part of its aid support for Fiji after the coup in 2006 and extended it after Fiji reneged on a promise to return to democracy in 2009.
The FijiFirst party has now won emphatic victory in what Jacobs says appears to have been a very positive election process.