EU to Gradually Resume Aid to Niger

Women gather in a nutritional center in Niger. The European Council will gradually resume its foreign aid to the country. Photo by: Gilles Collard / ECHO

The European Council has decided to gradually resume its foreign aid to Niger in recognition of the country’s advances toward restoring constitutional order.

The decision to set out a roadmap for the conditional resumption of development assistance to Niger was adopted Sept. 27. The European Union will fully resume its aid to the country once a new president and national assembly have been selected through democratic elections, according to an EU news release. The EU will continue providing humanitarian and emergency aid to the country.

The council’s decision will be in force for 12 months. It may be reviewed in light of Niger’s implementation of its commitments.

The EU suspended its development cooperation with Niger in December 2009 following then-President Mamadou Tandja’s implementation of “an unlawful and non-consensual process allowing him to remain in office beyond his second five-year term.”

Tandja was overthrown in a military coup in February 2010.

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