European Union to provide Timor-Leste with 95 million euros by 2020

10 September 2014

The European Union will provide Timor-Leste (East Timor) with funding of 95 million euros by 2020 for rural development, good governance and to support civil society programs, the Timorese Ministry for Foreign Affairs said Tuesday in a statement.

The National Indicative Programme (PIN) was signed by East Timor’s Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao and the European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, in early September in Samoa, when Timor-Leste took part in the third international conference of developing small island states.

Under the 11th European Development Fund for 2014-2020 the PIN’s priority sectors are to support good governance, with programs in the amount of 30 million euros, rural development, with a budget of 57 million euros and civil society, with 8 million euros.

The EU funding is intended to strengthen the economy and democracy in Timor-Leste “through greater efficiency and transparency of the services provided to the population,” the statement said. (macauhub/TL)