Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific
Responsible for Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu as well as the three Overseas Countries and Territories in the Pacific.

Cook Islands and the EU

17/05/2016 - 17:50
EU relations with Country

The Cook Islands comprises 15 small islands. It has a close relationship ('free association') with New Zealand, which includes citizenship for Cook Islanders. Population centres – mainly the island of Rarotonga – about 13,000 people. Industries – tourism, far ahead of offshore banking, pearls, marine and fruit exports.

Past assistance

The EU provided assistance worth almost €12 million between 2008 and 2013 under the European Development Fund (EDF), most of it for water and sanitation, to promote public health, economic growth and environmental protection:

  • upgrading septic tanks in water treatment facilities to international standards, primarily around the Muri lagoon, benefiting up to 10,000 people.
  • technical assistance and capacity building for the office of the National Authorising Officer and civil society.
  •  technical assistance for the Ministry of Marine Resources with and interdisciplinary assessment (biodiversity, Water Quality, Hydrology & rehabilitation) of the Muri lagoon to address impacts of public sanitation and a feasibility study for a centralised laboratory

Other projects funded

  • €4.6 million from the EU's Sustainable Energy for All initiative to support renewable energy projects in the outer islands.
  • Aid to construct a cyclone shelter on Pukapuka, following Cyclone Percy which damaged three-quarters of the houses there in 2005.

Future assistance

EU funding under the EDF in 2014-20 – €1.4 million – will focus entirely on water supply and sanitation.

Cooperation with other donors

Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) – specific infrastructure issues related to the water and sanitation sector.

EU/NZ Energy Access Partnership – energy-related projects

Asian Development Bank – energy related projects.

Regional funding

The Cook Islands will also benefit considerably from regional activities under the forthcoming EDF Regional Indicative Programme for the Pacific.

Funding for 2014-20 under the EDF


Indicative funding

As a % of the total

Water & sanitation






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