European Union relations with Benin

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The European Union is working alongside Benin at all levels (government, local authorities, civil society, etc.) to combat poverty. Benin is a major recipient of EU development cooperation. The EU remains the country’s largest donor (10th EDF: EUR 380M, 11th EDF: EUR 372M).

Political, trade and cooperation relations between the EU and Benin are built on the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement (The Cotonou Agreement) which was signed in 2000 and revised in 2005 and 2010.

The political dialogue and cooperation between the EU and Benin cover a wide range of regional, political and trade issues related to development. The priorities are to strengthen the private sector and improve governance (public finance management, promotion of transparency and justice).

The priorities in the EU-Benin bilateral cooperation set out in the Country Strategy Paper 2008-2013 are:

  • Governance and local development
  • Infrastructure and regional integration
  • Poverty reduction

The programme for the 11th EDF 2014-2020 will be adopted at the end of 2014.

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