European Union External Action

Nauru and the EU

26/05/2016 - 19:14
EU relations with Country

The Republic of Nauru has a population of around 10,000, the smallest nation in the south Pacific. It is a phosphate rock island with rich deposits near the surface.

Key instruments

ACP-EU Partnership Agreement

EU support has focused on addressing the population's basic energy needs: aiming to provide renewable energy, promote energy efficiency/self-sufficiency, and contribute to a cleaner environment.

Development cooperation

In 2014-20, EU funding of €2.4 million – through the European Development Fund – will concentrate on the energy sector:

  • energy efficiency / renewables – building on successful EDF initiatives so far the programme by completing the replacement/upgrading of the national grid transmission and distribution network and installing  a 300KWsolar panel plant will provide a reliable, affordable, secure and sustainable energy supply to meet the socio economic development needs of Nauru.                                                                    This programme is also relevant for the Agenda 2030. It contributes primarily to the progressive achievement of Sustainable Development Goal target 7, ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all, but also promotes progress towards target 13, taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
  • support measures – In addition, the EU will provide support to the National Authorising Officer (NAO) or relevant offices and agencies throughout the entire EDF 11 life-cycle to ensure that Nauru fully benefits from the various programmes the EU supports in the region.

Nauru will also benefit considerably from regional funding under the forthcoming Regional Indicative Programme for the Pacific, which is focused on:

  • regional economic integration, including trade-related assistance
  • sustainable management of natural resources
  • governance, support for non-state groups and capacity building.

Funding may be complemented by operations financed by the EIB, through the:

 Funding for 2014-20 under the EDF


Indicative funding

As a % of the total

Energy efficiency/renewable energy

2 160 000


Support measures (technical assistance to NAO, technical cooperation facility, audit, evaluation)

240 000



2 400 000


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