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The Cotonou Agreement also governs the relations between the European Union (EU) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), although the ECCAS is not in fact a signatory.
In order to reduce the economic disparity between regions (one of the EU’s main objectives), the European Union Delegation in Gabon is currently involved in a number of different ECCAS-related regional projects. This organisation, which is in charge of the regional integration of Central Africa, is recognised by the African Union (AU).
The main aims behind these regional projects include improving the skills of the local workforce, encouraging peace and security, developing infrastructure and protecting the environment.
Assisted by the EU Delegation in Gabon, the ECCAS has implemented the ECCAS Support Programme for Peace and Security in Central Africa (PAPS). In its wake, PAPS 2 (a second project to the sum of EUR 11 900 000) was initiated halfway through 2011. It aims to increase the ECCAS’ capabilities and level of involvement with respect to consolidating peace and security in Central Africa, in accordance with both its own schedule concerning peace and security and the African Union’s continental-level programmes (The African Peace Facility).
PAPS 2 has three main aims: