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European Union External Action

Tonga and the EU

Key instrument

ACP-EU Partnership Agreement 

Development cooperation

Past EU assistance

Under the European Development Fund:

2000-07 – €6 million, mostly for:

  • social sector development in Vava'u
  • capacity building and urban planning in the capital, Nuku'alofa.  

2008-13 – €15 million.

2010 – €5.5 million in budget support during Tonga's financial crisis, to ease fiscal constraints.

Key sectors

Energy sector reform contract – €7.4 million

A budget support programme, started in 2013, to implement the Tonga Energy Roadmap.

This programme is giving Tongans better access to electricity by developing more energy-efficient electricity production methods and greater access to renewable energy.

Technical cooperation facility – €1.32 million

Supports governance reforms and public finance management, and builds capacity in non-state bodies, in the fields of development, trade, energy, human rights and gender policies.

Hospital in Niuatoputapu – €1.37 million

To build and equip a new hospital and staff residential building in Niuatoputapu, to replace the old healthcare infrastructure, which was destroyed in the 2009 tsunami. 

Civil society – €250,000

To boost the capacity of civil society to engage effectively in formulating the reform agenda, stimulating greater interaction between state and non-state bodies in the decision-making process.

Current EU assistance (2014-20)

€11.1 million under the EDF

Mainly for the energy sector, continuing efforts to give Tongans access to affordable renewable energy resources.

But also:

  • support for civil society – to enhance participation in policy dialogue, in the monitoring of national programmes, economic reforms, and public finance management and to support private sector development efforts put in place by the government.
  • gender issues, with support provided for the country to join the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.

Funding in 2014-20 under the EDF

Sector

Indicative funding
(€)

As a % of the total

Energy

10,000,000

90%

Measures in favour of civil society

600,000

5.4%

Support to the NAO

300,000

2.7%

Support Measures

200,000

1.9%

TOTAL

11,100,000

100%

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