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.

Samoa and the EU

26/05/2016 - 16:35
EU relations with Country

Samoa encompasses the western part of the Samoan Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. The 2 main islands are Upolu and Savai'i.

Development cooperation

Past EU assistance

Since 1975, Samoa has received around €115 million in EU aid.

This includes €65 million in 2000-14 under the European Development Fund.

Current EU assistance

The initial allocation under the EDF in 2014-20 is €20 million, plus €4.5 million for renewable energy (microhydro).

Key sectors


This is the focus of EU aid – especially through budget support .

The Water Sector Support programme has helped Samoa develop a significant amount of capacity in the sector and establish a permanent institutional framework to govern and manage it.

Phase II of the Sector Reform Contract for the Water and Sanitation Sector has a budget of over €20 million, disbursed through budget support, and aims to:

  • increase the protected watershed area
  • reduce non-revenue water
  • increase the collection efficiency of the Samoa Water Authority
  • improve water quality
  • increase the percentage of urban households with septic tanks.

The current Water & Sanitation Sector Budget Support programme focuses on:

  • the financial sustainability of the Samoa Water Authority
  • the delivery of quality water.

Civil society

Past EU assistance – €3 million under the EDF Civil Society Support Programme in 2010-14, in collaboration with Australia.

Current EU assistance – €2million under the EDF in 2014-20.

Human rights

Samoa will also receive €193,334 from the Media for Democracy and Human Rights programme, part of the European Instrument for Human Rights and Democracy.

Climate change

Funding in 2014-20 under the EDF


Indicative funding

As a % of the total

Water sanitation and hygiene



Measures in favour of civil society and support measures



Technical cooperation facility






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