EU Relations with Togo

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Consultations between Togo and the EU started in April 2004 by virtue of Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement. In this context the government made 22 undertakings in the area of strengthening democracy, human rights and respect for basic freedoms, in accordance with the principles of good governance.

Since then, there has been a considerable increase in political dialogue between Togo and the EU, shown by several missions being sent to monitor the 22 undertakings. Togo returned to compliance with Article 8 in November 2007, following the first free and transparent elections since its independence, which meant that development cooperation could be resumed after many years of having been interrupted. A new Head of Delegation residing in Lomé was appointed in 2009.

The Country Strategy and National Indicative Programme 2008-13 (under the 10th European Development Fund - EDF) was signed in May 2008 for a sum of €123m (Envelope A) and 1.8m (Envelope B). It's three focus areas are:

  • governance and support for economic and institutional reforms – strengthening the rule of law and democracy. Institutional reforms are underpinned by institutional support for the administration and management of public finances.
  • support for economic recovery through infrastructure development – integration within the regional economy through better transport connections, improving living conditions by restoring and building sanitation and waste treatment facilities and using labour-intensive methods to reduce unemployment. 
  • cancelling of payment arrears on external debt (macroeconomic support) – helping Togo improve its relations with the international financial community and thus qualify for IMF debt cancellation.

Other EU interventions under the 10th EDF are support for civil society initiatives and the environment.