The Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) joined the African Caribbean Pacific group in 2000. Under the Cotonou Agreement, about €11.45m have been provided under the 9th and 10th European Development Fund (EDF) - almost entirely for sustainable energy, but also for disaster preparedness.
The EU's political dialogue with the Marshall Islands focuses on:
The EU and the Marshall Islands are discussing how to collaborate more closely in multilateral fora on these and other issues.
For the period 2008-2013, under the 10th EDF, RMI and the European Union signed a new Country Strategy Paper with a total budget of €5.8m. The main focus areas for EU assistance and cooperation are:
outer-island development – improving infrastructure and secure access to energy and clean water
The EU acknowledges the serious threat climate change poses to RMI in view of its low-lying terrain and encourages the country's efforts to conserve its environment. In addition, the EU is ready to assist RMI to become eligible for Budget Support as a possible financing option.
For the period 2014-2020, under the 11th EDF , an indicative amount of € 9.1 m with focus on the Energy Efficiency / Renewable Energy sector is provided for in the National Indicative Programme signed on 2 September in Samoa.