On July 17 2020 an amount of USD 7.6 from the EU was received in Timor-Leste’s National Treasury Account. These funds were paid in the framework of the European Union’s three ongoing budget support programmes in Timor-Leste. The funds now form part of the national budget and their utilisation is to be decided by the Timorese Government. Like the rest of the Government budget they will be subject to Parliamentary oversight and to scrutiny by the Court of Auditors.
The budget support recognises delivery of reforms by the Timorese authorities three key areas: public financial management, nutrition, and decentralisation. Reforms are for the benefit of Timorese citizens and further the aims of sustainable development.
USD 4 million is linked to reform progress in public financial management, USD 2.2 million rewards advance in the implementation of the Government’s nutrition strategy, and USD 1.4 million represent a first advance payment in the context of a new programme that supports the implementation of Timor-Leste’s decentralisation plan.
H.E. Andrew Jacobs, EU Ambassador to Timor-Leste said: “The European Union is pleased to contribute USD 7.6 million this year to Timor-Leste’s budget. I am confident that the funds will help to accelerate sustainable economic growth, improve service delivery and enhance the livelihoods of all citizens. While we recognise that significant challenges remain, especially in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the EU is pleased to support reforms in the key areas of public financial management, nutrition, and decentralisation. “
On Thursday 23 July, high-level representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of State Administration will hold a policy dialogue with representatives of the European Union to review the reform agenda, progress, and bottlenecks in the three sectors linked to the EU budget support. Representatives of civil society and development agencies will also take part.