Commission Welcomes the Support by the EU Council and the Parliament to
Offer a Complete Untying of Aid
The European Community has
adopted two regulations on the access to EC external assistance that establish
an unprecedented level of untying.
New Zealand companies would appear to be able to already access this part of EC aid as their aid program is untied.
The second key change relates to the remaining part of EC aid, which will be open to other donors contractors on the condition that those donors open their own aid programs.
This second change currently will not impact on Australian firms, but clearly provides a real commercial imperative for Australia to completely untie the aid program.
Partner at centre
European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel, presented this agreement as "a concrete delivery that proves that we have taken seriously the commitments we made on aid effectiveness in the UN Summit".
The announcement coincided with a Wellington workshop presenting the final findings of the comparative trans-national research project Public, Elite and Media Perceptions of the EU in Asia Pacific region, including Australia and New Zealand. The workshop did not include the Forum Island countries which include some least developed countries.
National Centre for
Research on Europe
The objective is to develop a set of recommendations and strategies for furthering the quality of the dialogue between the two regions by promoting an understanding of the dominant perceptions, attitudes, beliefs and opinions about each other.
Aid to LDCs untied
The remaining part of EC aid will be open to other donors upon the condition that they open themselves their own aid, according to the principle of reciprocity. This represents a generous offer for those donors that do not yet untie their own aid. It could bring an additional better value for money of 1.2 billion euros.
The regulations also entail several operational simplifications favouring more joint actions between donors. They constitute a further implementation of the principles and commitments agreed by the European Union in the High Level Forum on harmonization and the "Paris Declaration" on aid effectiveness.
out more in the text of the Regulations.