Samoa has been a member of the African Caribbean Pacific grouping since 1975, since when it has received some €130m in assistance from the EU.
The EU's political dialogue with Samoa focuses on:
The EU and Samoa are discussing how to collaborate more closely in multilateral fora on these and other issues.
The Country Strategy Paper for 2008-13 provides a budget of €31m from the 10thEuropean Development Fund (EDF), with an extra €6 million for good performance as assessed at the mid-term review in 2011.
The main focus areas for EU assistance and cooperation are:
Samoa also benefits from:
The EU welcomes Samoa's initiative to reserve parliamentary seats for women and hope that this will also inspire other countries in the Pacific region and elsewhere.