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.

Niue and the EU

26/05/2016 - 16:03
EU relations with Country

Niue is a self-governing state that has a close relationship (a 'free association') with New Zealand, which includes citizenship for Niueans as well as considerable aid.

Key issues

  • small population, under 1,700
  • isolation, both within and outside of the country
  • lifestyle diseases such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes
  • vulnerability to natural disasters (droughts, cyclones)
  • vulnerability to climate change.

Key instruments

ACP-EU Partnership Agreement – offers trade and aid advantages with the EU

Niue National Strategic Plan – targeting social and economic development.

Development cooperation

Current EU assistance

EU assistance – €300,000 in 2014-20 under the European Development Fund – will concentrate on the energy sector:

  • renewable energy – building on successful initiatives, for renewables production and energy efficiency.
  • support measures – including activities supporting the programming, preparation, implementation, monitoring/evaluation and visibility of EU-Niue cooperation. And possible support for Niue's National Authorising Officer to ensure effective management of the aid under the country's EDF National Indicative Programme.

Other key areas

  • sustainable economic development
  • environmental protection

Regional integration

Niue continues to demonstrate a strong commitment to regional integration.

It will also benefit considerably from regional funding under the forthcoming Regional Indicative Programme for the Pacific, which is likely to focus on:

  • regional economic integration, including trade-related assistance
  • sustainable management of natural resources
  • governance, support for non-state groups and capacity building.

Funding may be complemented by operations financed by the EIB, through the:

Funding for 2014-2020 under the EDF


Indicative funding

As a % of the total

Renewable energy/energy efficiency



Support measures (technical assistance for the NAO, technical cooperation facility, audit, evaluation)