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Nepal has been in the process of democratic transition for the last 10 years, since the end of the armed conflict. The ceasefire has held, the Maoist army has been reintegrated, the Constituent Assembly (CA) was elected to write the new constitution, and Nepal has been declared a secular Republic. The second CA promulgated the new Constitution in September 2015, an important milestone in the process of state restructuring towards a more inclusive, democratic and prosperous Nepal.
The European Union (EU) is committed to supporting Nepal in its pursuit of democracy and development. Currently, the EU's cooperation with Nepal supports more than 90 projects across the country. Education, rural development, democratic governance and also post-earthquake reconstruction are the main fields of our engagement in which we will invest €360 million during the period 2014 to 2020 to support Nepal’s vision to transform into a more prosperous, democratic country with better opportunities for all. EU funding is given in the form of project grants, service contracts and budget support.
The earthquakes of April and May 2015 have dramatically reminded us that natural disasters are a continuous threat to achieving these goals. Therefore, fostering resilience is a crucial element of the EU-Nepal partnership. With collective efforts of the government, the private sector, civil society, and youth groups, as well as development partners, it is possible to rebuild better, to emerge stronger from the ordeal and to progress towards meeting the new Sustainable Development Goals.
In addition, the EU in Nepal is also actively supporting various sectoral and thematic areas including renewable energy, conservation of the environment and climate change, protection and promotion of human rights, safe migration, economic and trade cooperation, and assistance to ensure transparent and effective public finance management.
Regardless of the areas in which we are cooperating, the EU works closely together with the Government of Nepal and with our civil society partners, the private sector as well as other stakeholders: our aim is to contribute towards better opportunities and prospects for all Nepalis, notably the marginalised and most vulnerable.
In an effort to support the government’s development objectives and in line with the 1996 EU-Nepal Framework Co-operation Agreement, the EU’s assistance to Nepal has been set for the period 2014-2020 in the form of the multiannual indicative programme, available here.