EU Opens Consultation with Guinea-Bissau

The European Council has decided to commence consultations with Guinea-Bissau to explore solutions to the country’s crisis in the aftermath of an April 2010 mutiny that led to illegal detentions. Part of the EU’s development aid to Guinea-Bissau will be temporarily suspended, pending the conclusion of the consultations.

The bloc has pledged to provide euro120 million (USD164.6 million) to the African country through 2013.

The European Commission proposed the opening of consultations in December 2010, with Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs explaining that these are based on Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement, which outlines the EU’s cooperation strategies with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. 

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